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 5.18]

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 2018 rates are as follows; however, the are negotiable:

  • 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 $1200
  • Travel [requires an overnight night stay and air travel]: Rates begin at $2000

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.

  • 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]
    • View the program here.
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Details and all links will be added after 2/23
  • PCI Webinars: What’s To Come in 2018?: Assessing and Staying On Top of Adult Leisure Reading and Collection Development Trends
  • Reaching Forward: May 4, 2018
    • Presenting and in the ARRT Booth!
    • Booktalking Your Way to the Friendliest Library in Town: slides
  • Clarion, PA area Regional Staff Training-- May 14, 2018
  • Northbrook [IL] Public Library-- Half Day key staff training/refresher
    • May 24th, 1-4pm
  • ALA Annual Conference: New Orleans, June 22-26
    • Booklist Read N Rave 6/25 at 10:30 am
  • Lakeland Library Coooperative [Western MI]: July 26, 2018
    • RA for All
    • Booktalking
    • RA Rethink: Displays and Upselling
    • Genre Training 
  • Sisters in Crime Chapter Meeting: What is Readers’ Advisory?
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library: September 19th
    • Key staff RA and Book Discussion Training
  • Columbus Day 2018 Bucks County, PA: 10/8/18
  • ILA Annual Conference: Peoria October 9-11 [details coming]
    • multiple appearances
  • WLA Annual Conference: LaCrosse, WI October 2018 [details coming]
    • multiple appearances

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