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October 30 is RA in a Half Day: Readers’ Advisory Thrills and Chills! Register today!

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It’s that time of year again! RA in a Half Day: Readers’ Advisory Thrills and Chills! is on Wednesday, October 30 from 9-1 at Vancouver Public Library. To recap the glory of last year’s session, check out this blog post. 

Are you spooked by self-help and psyched about horror? Are you clueless about adult graphic novels and curious about noir? How much do you know about chick lit? What the heck is “New Adult”?

The BCLA Readers’ Advisory Interest Group invites you to a workshop to help you improve and share your knowledge across the genres by learning about key authors, sub-genres, classic titles and interesting new trends.

The workshop will kick off with keynote speaker David Wright from Seattle Public Library, who will talk about innovation, inspiration, and collaboration in readers’ advisory services. Our closing keynote is Max Wyman, who will talk about the impact of libraries and reading for pleasure.

When?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
9 am – 1 pm
(*Doors will open at 8:30 am)

Where?
Alice MacKay Room, lower level, Central Library, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St.

Cost:

Students: $20
Members: $30 (Log in for this rate)
Non-Members: $40
*Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration:
Registration is open! The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at 9am! Register here.

Please bring a digital phone, laptop, or device if you have one to join in on some of the RA activities! Bring your VPL card to access the Wireless network.

Bring a refillable water-bottle too, please.

For further information or details, please contact Jenny Fry jjfry@surrey.ca or Robbie Burma Robbie.Burma@vpl.ca

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

RA in a Half Day

Welcome to the first official post of the What Are You Reading Blog! Bookmark, subscribe and RSS us for weekly updates on Readers Advisory trends, topics, crowdsourcing, musings, and tales from the front line.

For our inaugural post, I want to shamelessly promote our upcoming workshop — RA in a Half Day, featuring:

* Keynote speaker Sean Cranbury, who will talk about the role of social media in connecting readers to books and building communities of readers,

* Online Bookmarking Tools and Tricks for Promoting RA, with Tara Matsuzaki and Heidi Schiller,

*  Speed dating through the genres,

*  A tour of Surrey’s new Central Library,

*  And delicious refreshements, including local chef-made parfaits and breads!

Here are the details:

When?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(*Doors will open at 8:30 am)

Where?
Room 120, City Centre Library, Surrey Public Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC

*There will be a guided tour of this amazing new library after the workshop.

Cost:
BCLA Members: $30
Non-Members: $40
*Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration: Registration is currently open but will end on October 15, 2012.
Register here:  http://www.bcla.bc.ca/rasecrets

For further information or details, please contact Jenny Fry jjfry@surrey.ca or Robbie Burma Robbie.Burma@vpl.ca

See you at the workshop!

— Heidi Schiller

(Photo: On the Platform, Reading, courtesy of Moriza, http://www.flickr.com/photos/moriza/96724309/)