Appearing with me:
Appearing with me:
One of my very first suggestions was to "Get Busy on Goodreads." To be fair, I have told library workers too do this for years, but most did not have the time to devote to really setting themselves up as a library. And then, people were sent home, buildings were shut down, and libraries needed a reason to pay them. Finally, libraries started allowing all staff to add to their library Goodreads pages.
You can go to the original post for detailed information on how to get started, but the key is to have any staff who are interested to get a new Goodreads account with their work email and then link them all on your Libraries page.
This is an easy way to give your staff-- all staff from the custodial staff to the Director-- a way to serve your organization's mission. Anyone who wants, should be encourages to share their 3-5 star reads on Goodreads in a way that other staff can capture them to use to make suggestions or patrons can see to enhance their socially distant browsing experience.
I have be actively sharing one of my success stories in all of my presentations-- Des Moines Public Library-- who started a robust RA Service from scratch during the pandemic, across multiple buildings, involving staff who didn't work together, for in some cases, hadn't ever met. Here is their "DMPL Book Chat" Good reads page.
Recently, someone asked me for more success stories of libraries who stock their RA Pantry with reviews and info on Goodreads. If you use this link you can get a full list.
Or, just use the search bar and type in "public library." It defaults to a title search, but you can click on "groups" and you will see libraries.
Every library uses the page differently, but the key is to attach your staff and their work shelves to the account so you have access to everyone's reading in one place. Allow your patrons to join and they can be part of your "community" book shelf too.
Finally, as we all begin to open up more over the next few months, do not forget about your virtual services, especially Goodreads. Any "normal" we return to MUST continue to include virtual RA options going forward. We cannot go back to saying it is not possible because under the hardest of circumstances, we proved it was.
For more Stock Your RA Pantry posts, click here.
One of the things that has remained strong throughout the pandemic is the library hosted book club. Since a book discussion group works best with fewer than 20 people and the Zoom screen can hold 25 on one page, libraries quickly and easily move book clubs online. I have done some training sessions where library workers practiced how to discuss in a Zoom format and I can tell you first hand, it was not a difficult transition.
In fact, in some ways, the discussions have been improved in a virtual environment. For example, it is easier to read facial expressions [as a leader] on the Zoom screen and attendance is more consistent.
With the increase in popularity, many libraries are increasing their book club offerings and LibraryReads hosted this book buzz style program with 20 titles you could try with your book club to help spark conversation. Presented in conjunction with the Glen Ellyn [IL] Public Library, Executive Director of LibraryReads and a staff member from GEPL took turns introducing
It is up on their YouTube page here or you can click on the screenshot below to access.
This increase in book club offerings also means that more staff are being recruited to lead book clubs and ideas for what to discuss are not your only concern. So I also wanted to point you to a few other resources to help you improve your book discussion groups.
The Adult Reading Round Table Book Club Study: This program is for members only and gives library book discussion leaders the chance to sit back and enjoy being discussion participants while also offering a forum for sharing questions and practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book group leaders. This “nuts and bolts” training session is offered at the end of each discussion. However, anyone can access the notes from the discussions and the "nuts and bolts" sessions via the archive here.
NoveList: The database has extensive Book Discussion resources, example discussion guides, and even lists of recommended titles by me.
Finally, book clubs are one of my specialties. If your staff or library system needs a refresher, I am available to offer a variety of training options, from 60 minutes to 3 hours [longer program includes a facilitated discussion by me for discussion leaders], with pricing ranging from $350 to $550. Contact me for more information.
But for most of you, the links I have provided here are enough to get you re-energized to serve your book discussion groups.
Booklist, one of the sponsors of Summer Scares, invited a team of those of use involved in the program to preview it for all of you library workers, including a librarian from a small, rural library who had great success using Summer Scares to attract readers of all ages to their 2020 Summer reading.
On this episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, Susan gets real scared . . . Summer Scare(d), that is! Ha ha ha ha ha, good one.
Hear from author Silvia Moreno-Garcia and librarian horror expert Becky Spratford, librarians Konrad Stump and Evelyn Gathu, and Booklist’s own Julia Smith about this year’s Summer Scares program, from how the books are selected to that one author in the UP who can only be reached if you call the gas station in town.
Here’s what we talked about:
Summer Scares 2021 List
The Hunger, by Alma Katsu (2018)
★ Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi and translated by Jonathan Wright (2018)
Undead Girl Gang, by Lily Anderson (2018)
★ The Diviners, by Libba Bray (2012)
★ The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline (2017)
★ Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, by Hal Johnson and illustrated by Tom Mead (2015)
★ Ollie’s Odyssey, by William Joyce (2016)
★ Whichwood, by Tahereh Mafi (2017)
Summer Scares 2020 Program Guide (2021 guide is coming soon!)
UP Notable Books 2020
Yoopernatural Haunts: Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society Case Files, by Brad Blair, Tim Ellis, and Steve LaPlaunt
The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
Case File 13: Zombie Kid,by J. Scott Savage
★ In the Valley of the Sun, by Andy Davidson
Goosebumps series, by R. L. Stine
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell
This is part of my ongoing series on using Awards Lists as a RA tool. Click here for all posts in the series in reverse chronological order. Click here for the first post which outlines the details how to use awards lists as a RA tool.
Below is the final ballot of titles that are in the running for a Bram Stoker Award. I have linked to all of the books I have reviewed [which are numerous]. Please note that I have reviewed 4 of 5 titles in the novel category and the 5th title is from the publisher who I promoted last week in my #HorroForLibraries giveaway. I know you own the other 4, add Devil's Creek too.
I also want to point all of you to the excellent Bram Stoker Awards website. It is maintained separately from the HWA's main site to make it easier for everyone to have easy backlist access.
The Bram Stoker Awards will be announced as part of the Virtual StokerCon 2021- May 20-23. I will have a lot of news about the event very soon, but here is a bit of a preview: Librarians' Day will be happening and it will be a part of the entire Con. So for the same price you would have paid to attend in person, library workers can attend the entire event and authors can attend Librarians' Day. So for example, you get entry to the Final Frame Film Competition which is one of my favorite things about StokerCon with your LD ticket.
[However, that is just the tip of the iceberg in news about StokerCon.]
Also, I would like to point out that in the list of this year's nominees for the Bram Stoker Awards we have 2 current Summer Scares authors nominated for their new works [Katsu and Koja], our current spokesperson [Moreno-Garcia] and 4 past Summer Scares authors [Jones [2 nominations below and a former spokesperson], Kraus, Keene, and Bulkin [in the Black Cranes Anthology]].
Here it is. The third edition of my book. And it is now live for pre-orders on the ALA Editions website.
It won't be delivered until late summer, but over the next few months I will be updating the horror blog, which is the free update to the book. There is original information including double the annotations that could not fit into this book, but they will be available in full at RA for All: Horror.
If you are interested in buying this book, please consider a preorder.
Speaking of, I do want to address the price. It is not cheap-- $64 full price. But to put that in perspective, I charge $300 minimum to give my 90 minute Horror presentation which is a brief summary of what is inside the pages of this book. So in that case, it is a great deal.
I am very excited to share this with all of you.
I have found out that anyone can watch this event on the STDL YouTube Channel. So consider joining us live. We are going to have a great time talking about everything from her favorite authors, her writing process, and the book itself. I am even going to ask her what it was like to go to the Oscars!
Ms Donoghue is very excited to participate, she is easy to chat with, and quite funny.
Below is the teaser video she made for the event. Kudos to STDL for keeping their community engaged in this community wide reading program during a pandemic. The response has been great and they should be proud. Here is the full slate of what they offered for all ages of patrons.
I hope all of you can join us.
Tthis is not my first go around doing one of these One Book, One Community author interview events, but in the before times I could only offer this service here in the Chicagoland area. If you are planning a virtual author event and need an experienced interviewer/moderator, contact me. And if you need help connecting with an author in the first place, I can also help.
"See" you tonight.
Earlier this month, Library Journal posted its annual Circulation Materials Survey for the last year here.
Please take a look at it when you have time. This is data that is helpful to anyone who works with adult leisure readers.
Much of what is here is not going to be shocking news to anyone, but it is important to have hard data from across the country to back up local, anecdotal stories.
However, some of the content is problematic. Hoffert talks about "Black Books" as a genre, and anyone who has ever heard me t all has heard me say that a person's identity is NOT A GENRE.
I have to say that I am disappointed that the magazine let something so overtly racist out, but I will also say that I am on the record publicly and with LJ that I think Hoffert needs to retire. And I have been saying this for years.
This article would be a great starting point for a meeting between those who do adult RA and Collection Development, especially if those people are in different departments. Good RA Service is impossible without working in tandem with Collection Development staff. They don't have to be in the same department, but they do need to meet up a few times a year [at least] and chat.
A report like this one is especially good because it has data we can use and is a great starting point to having important EDI conversations. Sometimes it is easier to start these hard conversation with an example. Here is one for you. This annual Circulation Materials Survey should be the jumping off point to those conversations.