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 5.20]

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.

  • 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]
  • RAILS Webinar: April 16, 2020, 1pm.
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Library System: Webinars all 10-11:15 am eastern
  • Morton [IL] Library District Virtual Staff Training: April 23, 2020
  • Evaluating, Auditing and Diversifying Your Collections for Library Journal
    • 5/12/20: #Own Voice for All Readers [30 mins] 
  • Allegheny County Library Association: Webinars-- all times 10-11am Eastern
    • RA for All, May 21, 2020: slide access here
    • #OwnVoices for All Readers, July 16, 2020
    • Recharge Your Book Club, September 17, 2020
  • Elmhurst [IL] Public Library Staff Day: Virtual
    • RA for All, Booktalking, and Demystifying Genre
    • Will be recorded for staff to view

  • Rendez-vous des bibliothèques publiques du Québec: September 16-17, 2021 at the Gesù in Montreal

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