CLICK HERE for quick access to the materials for the 2016-17 Speculative Fiction Genre Study.
The website now features UNRESTRICTED access, including notes from our meetings; however, in order to attend the meetings in person, you must be a member of ARRT. Click here for information about how you can join.


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.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations [Updated 12.17]

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 Power Points and handouts that are not posted here, please contact me ( 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.

  • Tampa Bay [FL] Library Consortium- May 31 and June 1
    • Full Day General RA and Half Day Book Discussion Leadership Training
    • Schedule for 5/31 with slide/handout access-- here
    • Schedule for 6/1 with slide/handout access-- here
  • Madison [WI] Area Multi-Library Training-- August 16-17, 2017
  • Virtual In Service Training for Harrison [NY] Public Library-- September 19, 2017
  • PA Library Association Annual Conference-- Pittsburgh, October 16, 2017
  • Wauconda [IL] Area Library-- November 3, 2017
  • Addison [IL] Public Library-- December 8, 2017
    • RA for All Signature Talk which Addison rebranded as-- Help Patrons Find Their Next Favorite Book
    • Booktalking which Addison rebranded as-- How to Talk Up Your Favorite Book
    • Slide and handout access here

  • RAILS Webinar-- What’s To Come in 2018?: Assessing and Staying On Top of Adult Leisure Reading and Collection Development Trends-- January 18, 2018 9:30-11 am [central]
    • For library workers who work assist leisure readers, whether it is from the front desk, the reference desk, or as you roam the stacks, staying on top of the latest trends is imperative. Our patrons expect us to know what’s hot before they do. They expect us to have the items ready and waiting for them as soon as they request them. And with all of the other job duties we have to worry about, sometimes we are not a responsive to the most current trends as we could be. But assessing trends in leisure reading and collection development is an essential job duty, and it is not nearly as difficult as you may think. Join noted Readers’ Advisory expert Becky Spratford for a webinar that will be fun and useful. She will walk you through the current trends in adult leisure collections and teach you the tips and tricks you can use to stay in the know all year long. Before you know it, your library will be trending in your community.
  • Winnetka-Northfield Public Library-- Feb 14, 2017
    • AM training for all staff-- RA for All and Booktalking
    • PM training for targeted staff-- Demystifying Genre, Staying in Genre Shape, AMA with Becky
  • Omaha [NE] Public Library-- Feb 23, 2018, University of Nebraska Omaha’s Community Engagement Center, 8:30-4:30
    • Full Day of training- RA for All, Booktalking, Genre Training
  • StokerCon Librarians’Day- The Biltmore, Providence, RI, March 1, 2018
  • New South Wales, Australia-- 2018 Readers' Advisory Seminar-- March 13, 2018--Webinar
    • RA for All
  • Red River Regional Library [TN]-- April 11, 2018-- Full day, regional staff training
    • RA for All
    • Booktalking
    • Demystifying Genre
    • RA Rethink-- Displays Edition
  • Reaching Forward
  • Clarion, PA area-- May 14, 2018
  • Columbus Day 2018 Bucks County, PA

Coming in 2018 [determining dates]-- Brown County, Wisconsin

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