Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Top 5 of 5: A Current Affair

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 114

Floundering at the desk when asked for a book you might not be familiar with? Get “go-to” lists of the latest and best books/authors for popular fiction, genre fiction, and nonfiction for leisure readers. RA experts will showcase hot topics trending in the news (science, international fiction, diversity in youth books, political issues, and pop culture) and what frontline library staff should know abou them: the top five books, up-and-coming authors/titles, and trends.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Have 5 go-to titles in each current event area to promote to readers 2: Gain confidence in talking with patrons about fiction/nonfiction topics in the news that are on readers' radar 3: Understand the appeal of current events areas for readers and respond professionally with appropriate suggested reading

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3  

Track: Broadcast

Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Collection Development, Hot Topics, Public Services, Readers' Advisory


Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers' Services
Kansas City Public Library , 64105 , MO

Kaite Stover is the Director of Reader's Services for the Kansas City Public Library. She holds Masters degrees in Library Science and English Literature from Emporia State University. Stover is the co-editor of The Readers' Advisory Handbook (ALA Editions, 2010) and has been an "Under the Radar" columnist for Public Libraries since 2013. Stover has published articles in RUSQ, Booklist, Library Journal, and YALSA journal.

Barry Trott, Special Projects Director
Williamsburg Regional Library , 23188 , VA

Barry Trott is special projects director at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library. He is the co-author of Partnering with Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations. He has served as president of ALA's Reference and User Services Association and is editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly. In 2007, he received both PLA's Allie Beth Martin Award and RUSA's Margaret E. Monroe Award.

Kristi Chadwick, Consultant
Massachusetts Library System , Marlborough , MA

Kristi provides consulting and training services to over 1600 member libraries across the Commonwealth. Focuses include: small libraries, strategic planning, collection development, and readers' advisory. Kristi is a columnist with Library Journal, reviewing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In 2013 she was Library Journal?s Reviewer of the Year and in 2014 a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Naphtali Faris, Lone Jack Branch Manager
Mid-Continent Public Library , Long Jack , MO

Naphtali is the Lone Jack Branch Manager for Mid-Continent Public Library. Previously she was MCPL?s Early Literacy Coordinator. Naphtali speaks regularly about youth and teen readers? advisory and early literacy strategies in the region. She has presented at WorldCon on science fiction for youth readers. She has served on the Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott Award committees.

Diana Platt, Community Engagement Librarian
Kansas City Public Library , Kansas City , MO

Diana is the Community Engagement Librarian for the Plaza Library of Kansas City Public Library. She is a reviewer for Booklist and has presented on readers? advisory topics at state and regional conferences.

Louisa Whitfield-Smith, Turner Branch Library Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library , Kansas City , KS

Louisa is the library manager for the Turner Community Library of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. Previously she has served as the outreach librarian for KCKPL and civic engagement librarian for Johnson County (KS) Library. She is the producer of the short film, Stories on the Bus, for KCKPL and serves on the ALA Notable Books for Adults committee.

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