RA in a Half Day Takeaways

What happens when you corral 100+ excited and innovative librarians in one semi-cramped room in Surrey?

Well, for starters, you get:

Keynote speaker Sean Cranbury, waxing enthusiastic about how awesome libraries are. . .

 

 

 

 

Myself and Tara Matsuzaki promoting our favourite online RA tools and crowdsourcing others from the audience. . .

 

 

 

 

And genre superstars like Desiree Baron and Christine Miller enlightening our understandings of niche collections like Romance and Mysteries.

 

 

 

 

You also get a wealth of ideas from the collective genius of the audience. And as promised, here are the results from our crowdsourcing activities:

Popular Online Tools for RA:

(From Tara and my presentation):

(From participants):

What the BCLA RA Group should focus on for the Spring Conference and next year’s RA Half Day workshop:

Spring Conference:

  • Combine fictional genres with non-fiction subjects and do something similar (ie. “if you like these mysteries, you may like these true crime books”)
  • Invite the Dewey Divas to speak
  • Invite a local writer who supports libraries such as Bill Richardson or Gail De Vos to speak about graphic novels
  • RA for ebooks
  • Focus on a genre trend (ie. zombies, steampunk) and explain toolkit/RA for that genre
  • Focus on Goodreads/LibraryThing
  • Live “find me a book” 3 RA interviews with members of the audience
  • RA for “special users” (ie. the elderly—how to build lists and recommend titles, readability and literacy)
  • Libraries discussing the RA programs they’ve delivered
  • Repeat Speed Dating through the genres 

Next RA in a Half Day Workshop:

  • Half day preferred!
  • More time for each genre/expanded talks
  • Include Children’s, YA, NF, graphic novels, historical fic, humour, international or translated fiction, biographies, YA crossover, literary NF, gentle reads, inspirational
  • More audience sharing & participation, more stretch breaks
  • Include role play in RA service (RA interview)
  • Have participants send in their top 3 books—match them up with their opposites and have them try to recommend books to each other
  • Full day of speed dating—have the experts at the tables and the audience rotates
  • More RA tools (ie. blogs, NetGalley for ARCs online, Early Word for publishers’ information on upcoming titles)
  • Invite a speaker from Novelist
  • Larger, quieter room
  • RA Boot Camp
  • Include live audio-video conferencing/filming next time
  • Discuss crowd sourcing for good books
  • Discuss book club favourites

Thanks to all who came and participated, and stay tuned for more!

–Heidi Schiller

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5 thoughts on “RA in a Half Day Takeaways

  1. Sue Kent

    Thanks for sending Heidi. Have you and Tara thought of offering to do a session on this at SLAIS? (I did something similar – though not as creative and thorough and the tools weren’t as refined – for a class at slais class back in the 20th century 🙂 and it was lots of fun and the students were really enthusiastic). You two would do an amazing job!
    Sue

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    1. nvcllibrarian Post author

      Hi Sue, thanks so much for the response! I will actually be teaching the Adult Popular Reading Course at SLAIS this Summer and will be sure to include lots and lots of digital/online tools.

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