Happy Columbus Day-- a popular day for library in-service training. I know this because I booked this date with New Albany-Floyd County Public Library 11 months ago, and I had 3 more libraries contact me in the meantime to ask for me to come to then on that date.
We have a fun, instructive, and interactive day planned-- with pens and stickers for all and tote bags for a luck few.
It all kicks off from 8:30 - 10:30 am when the entire library staff will get to experience my signature RA for All program. Today I am debuting a new rule. Details, including the handout and a program description can be found on my Becky’s 10 Rules of Basic RA Service page.
Then after a 15 minute break we will all reconvene from 10:45-12 for Booktalking: Harnessing the Power of Sharing Books with Patrons. Today's version features a brand new horror book talk based on this article. Program description:
Booktalking is at the heart of what we do with patrons each and every day at the public library. Whether we are sharing books informally at the services desk, presenting a prepared list of books, or posting information online, talking about books is something we do each and every day. It is a core service, but it is also hard to teach. Booktalking is more of an art than a skill, but with the right guidance and some practice, it can go a long way toward engaging your patrons and re-energizing your staff. Join experienced Readers’ Advisory Becky Spratford as she shares the secret behind delivering great book talks, giving you tips and tricks you can begin using right away to hone your own skills. Rediscover the power and joy that comes from sharing books with patrons.Here are the SLIDES for that program.
Then we will all have lunch together. That is one of my favorite parts about providing an entire day of training at a library. No, not the food, but the chance to sit at a table and have informal conversation with the library workers.
Back to work from 1 - 4:30 pm when I will be providing a completely re-vamped version of my popular genre training program for the library's public desk staff in YS, YA, and Adult. The program has been updated to include Teen and Kids' titles and resources but more importantly, the library is putting this breakout session in a computer lab where we can work on their real life questions... together. Not only am I excited to get to help them answer actual questions, but I am also thrilled to help facilitate the team building part of this program-- YS, YA, and Adult library workers sharing and learning from each other! It is a double dose of awesomeness-- maximizing the training in two equally important facets at one time.
Here is the program description with slide access:
Demystifying Genre: How To Help Every Type of Reader:
Nothing is scarier than trying to help a fan of a genre you yourself don’t enjoy. You want to help that, for example, Romance reader find the perfect book, but you are having trouble knowing where to begin because...eek!... you don’t read Romance. You are afraid they will find out you are a fraud. How can YOU possibly help THEM?!? Never fear, in this program, Readers’ Advisory expert, Becky Spratford, will teach you how to keep your genre knowledge up to date, explain the biggest trends in genre fiction, and share her time tested tricks for working with genre readers. You will leave this webinar with the confidence and skill to help fans of every genre, regardless of whether you have ever read a book in that genre. And that will leave a trail of happy patrons in your wake.
Let's get started, but first a quick public service announcement--