I can come to your library, book club meeting, or conference to talk about how to help your readers find their next good read. Click here for more information including RA for All's EDI Statement.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations [Updated 11.19]

In the spirit of being green, this page will house links to my recent presentations, allowing attendees access without having to print copies for everyone. Presentations will  be up for at least 6 months.  If you have attended one of my presentations and want access to slides and handouts that are not posted here, please contact me (bspratford@hotmail.com) or leave a comment on this page.

But first, here is the link to the archive of my podcast and radio appearances. It is a great way to get a sense of how I present.

My general 2019 rates are as follows:
  • Virtual: Rates begin at $300 
  • Local [does not require an overnight stay]: Rates begin at $750
  • Travel [requires an overnight stay but I can drive]: Rates begin at $1300
  • Travel [requires an overnight night stay and air travel]: Rates begin at $2000
  • Consulting-Virtual [you get to pick my brain officially]: Rates begin at $75/hr
    • If you have hired me to come already, I provide free consulting before and for up to 6 months after
These rates do not include my travel costs. Those are billed out for exact costs with an invoice; however, I do provide a not to exceed dollar amount for travel for your budgeting purposes.

Also, please note that my programs are all prefaced by this Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement:
RA for All’s programs are crafted and delivered to encourage all library staff to use leisure reading as a way to connect with the community, with a particular focus on reaching the underserved, and promoting "own voices" authors. Throughout all of my training sessions we will explore ways in which library staff can provide services, collections, and programming that puts EDI concerns at the forefront. Examples include but are not limited to, delivering the same information in different formats, advice on how to diversify your displays, and ways to include more staff voices in basic RA service [more voices leads to more equitable, diverse, and inclusive offerings]. Libraries that hire RA for All must be interested in allowing all staff [not just professional and/or public service staff] to participate in serving all populations, not just the ones most represented by staff or as identified in a local census.

  • Reaching Forward Library Conference: 5/3/19
    • 10:30-11:30 am- Demystifying Genre: How To [Knowledgeably] Talk to Any Type of Reader [SLIDES]
    • 2:30-3:30- Level Up Your Career Today!: Professional Involvement Opportunities for Library for Staff [w/ Rebecca Vnuk from Library Reads and Karen Toonen from Naperville Public Library] [SLIDES]
    • Also find me at the ARRT Exhibitors Table throughout the day
  • Library Journal Live Professional Development Course: Evaluating, Auditing, and Diversifying Your Collections
  • Massachusetts Library System: 3 Webinar Series
    • Booktalking Your Way to the Friendliest Library in Town, 5/29/19
    • Demystifying Genre, 7/16/19
    • #OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values into Readers’ Advisory Service, 9/17/19
  • Portage County [WI] Public Library, August 12, 2019
    • Staff Day 9-3
    • RA for All, Booktalking, Genre, and Merchandising programs
    • Slide Access Here
  • SWAN Expo 2019: August 16, 2019
    • 11-11:45am: Readers Advisory Rethink: Flip the Script and Think Like a Reader
    • Details and schedule
  • RA for All: The Webinar 8/21/19 
  • NE Pennsylvania RA TrainingHoliday Inn-East Mountain in Wilkes-Barre, August 29, 2019
  • Palatine [IL] Public Library District Staff Day: September 27, 2019
    • 90 Minute RA for All Keynote
    • Breakout Sessions: Demystifying Genre and #OwnVoices for All Readers
  • PCI Webinar: October 10, 2019, 2 pm eastern
    • #OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values into Readers’ Advisory Service,
  • Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library Staff Day: October 14, 2019
  • ILA Annual Conference: October 22-24, Tinley Park, IL
  • ARRTCon-- Naperville Public Library 95th St Branch: November 14, 2019

  • TBLC Regional Training: Tuesday Feb 4, 2020
    • Bruton Memorial LibraryPlant City, FL
    • Full Day RA Training 
  • Week of February 10th: Appearance at NoveList HQ [details coming soon]
  • Horror Readers Advisory for Australia: March 18, 2020 [19th in Australia]
  • Stand alone Horror Writers Association Librarians Day: May 7, 2014
    • Full day event [not part of StokerCon UK]
    • Naperville Public Library, 95th Street Branch
    • Details coming January 2020

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