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 4.20]

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 2020 rates are as follows:
  • Virtual: Rates begin at $350 During Quarantine rates begin at $250
  • Local [does not require an overnight stay]: Rates begin at $800
  • 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.

  • 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

  • Wild Wisconsin: January 22-23, 2020
    • A Free Virtual Library Conference. Details here.
    • 1/22/20 from 1-2: #OwnVoices for All Readers: Incorporating EDI Values Into RA Service
  • Addison [IL] Public Library: February 7, 2020
    • Staff training day
    • 2, 1 hour breakout sessions on Booktalking and #OwnVoices
    • Slide access here
  • NoveList HQ and Area Libraries: February 10-11
    • 1 day working with NoveList Staff
    • 1 day at an area library providing RA for All, Booktalking, and #OwnVoices programs
  • Horror Readers Advisory for Australia: March 18, 2020 [19th in Australia]
  • Illinois Library Association's Reaching Forward: A Professional Development Conference for Library Staff-- May 1, 2020 My presentation is moving to online, details coming soon
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Library System: April 22, 2020, 10-11 am eastern
    • Webinar on Upselling and Merchandising
  • Allegheny County Library Association: Webinars-- all times 10-11am Eastern
    • RA for All, May 21, 2020 
    • #OwnVoices for All Readers, July 16, 2020
    • Recharge Your Book Club, September 17, 2020
  • Elmhurst [IL] Public Library Staff Day: August 7, 2020
    • RA for All, Booktalking, and TBD third program
  • Rendez-vous des bibliothèques publiques du Québec: September 17-18, 2020 at the Gesù in Montreal
  • Naperville Public Library Staff Day: September 21, 2020
    • Demystifying Genre Program 2x in the afternoon
  • Back to the Book for Northeast Ohio Regional Library System: September 24, 2020
    • Full day of presentations
    • Details coming soon
  • Stand alone Horror Writers Association Librarians Day: November 9, 2020
    • Full day event
    • Registration and details

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