October 9, 2015

Readers’ Advisory: How Do You Measure Up?

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EVENT TIME AND DATE:  Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

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Be among the first to hear what we learned about readers’ advisory services in public libraries during a recent survey featured in the February 1 issue of Library Journal. Developed in conjunction with NoveList and the RUSA/CODES Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Committee, we sought answers to a variety of questions, including:

• Is RA here to stay, or is its value declining?
• Does every library in the country (other than yours) have a fully staffed readers’ advisory department?
• What digital strategies are libraries using to suggest books to readers?

Join us for an engaging discussion where our panelists will share their reactions to the survey results, offering insights about what it all means for you and the readers in your community. Whether you believe that bringing books and readers together is at the heart of what libraries do, or you wonder just how important this work really is — you will not want to miss this exclusive event.


Duncan Smith – Vice President, NoveList

Duncan Smith is the Vice President (and founding partner) of NoveList.  He was inspired to develop the NoveList readers’ advisory database based on research he conducted on why readers read what they read. Duncan is passionate about the power of libraries, and readers’ advisory, to transform lives. He is the author of the recent article “Books: An Essential Part of Essential Libraries,” published in Public Library Quarterly.

David Wright – Reader Services Librarian, Seattle Public Library

David Wright is a reader services librarian working at the Seattle Public Library’s Central branch, where he works with readers and presents his library’s story time for grown-ups . He has been a contributor to NoveList, Booklist, Library Journal, The Seattle Times and other media, contributed chapters to “The Readers’ Advisory Handbook” and “Research Based Readers Advisory,” and has presented at a variety of conferences in the US and Canada.

Neal Wyatt – Co-Chair, Readers’ Advisory Committee, ALA/RUSA/CODES

Neal Wyatt is a collection development and RA librarian from Virginia. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Media, Art, and Text program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Committed to helping librarians discover the most notable resources for their collections, she is writes widely for the profession including Library Journal’s monthly “RA Crossroads” column. She is the 2012 winner of the Margaret E. Monroe award and the 2013 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award.


Etta Thornton  – Reviews Editor, Library Journal 

Henrietta Thornton-Verma is reviews editor at Library Journal, edits Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s reference review columns, and covers ereference and digital databases for both magazines. Before joining LJ‘s staff, Etta was reference editor at SLJ for five years and edited that magazine’s Series Made Simple supplement. Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.

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