Horror and true crime readers’ advisory seminar 2020

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Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie St

Sydney, NSW 2000


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This seminar for NSW public library staff is an action packed day of professional development for readers’ advisory and collection staff

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This seminar for NSW public library staff will be an action packed day of professional development for readers’ advisory and collection staff. The focus of the day will be on horror and true crime and will include the ever popular ten slides in five minute sessions.

This seminar is a collaboration between the State Library of NSW and the NSW Readers’ advisory working group. As preparation for the seminar read at least one horror or true crime short story or listen to a relevant podcast.

The seminar will be streamed and videoed. Think about where you sit, if you do not want to be videoed.

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Travel assistance is available for libraries more than 100kms from the venue.

If you are sharing about the day on social media please use #ra2020. You can buy a notebook and much more, all with the hashtag and a lovely design on them.

Draft program (note this is subject to change)

9.30 - 10.30 Kathy Stewart from Novelist

Ready to flex those NoveList muscles? Join Kathy Stewart, NoveList Consultant, to find out how to locate *just* the right title. We'll walk through strategies for your readers' most commonly asked questions. After this session, you'll know how to:

• Find the right read-alike (title, author, and series)

• Harness the power of advanced searching

• Use field codes to quickly navigate common questions about series and popular appeal terms

• Suggest books based on popular movies and TV series

• Locate key content such as book discussion guides, genre outlines and Australian-focused book lists

She’ll also cover the latest NoveList enhancements: themes, media mentions and series inclusion/exclusion.

If you’ve heard about NoveList, you might have talked with Kathy. She loves sharing the good stuff about NoveList products with all interested, drawing upon her public librarian experience to help others match readers with books. Kathy’s background as a children’s librarian still informs her reading, from picture books that are read-aloud fodder to character-driven, ‘quiet’ books for older kids and teens

10.30 - 11.05 Ross Balharrie on Indyreads

11.05 - 11.15 Stand and stretch and share an idea from Kathy or Ross with someone near you who you don't know

11.15 - 12.00 10 slides in 5 minutes

• Renee Fittler from Mosman on how her libraries used Instagram as part of their readers’ advisory work

• Jen Martin- setting up and running a readers advisory podcast, including reading suggestions

• Monique Akauola- Library Oracle Reading Cards for Readers Advisory. You can make your own!

• Jillian Yau- Lane Cove Library now offers Australia's first seamless online-shopping style public library experience to Lane Cove residents.

• Melanie Mutch and the Hornsby Library- Quick Choice collection.

Lunch in the Macquarie Room 12.00 – 1.00 Make sure you discuss your horror or true crime read, watch or listen at lunch time with someone you have not met before

1.00 - 2.30pm Becky Spratford on horror @raforall Becky is the author is The readers’ advisory guide to horror, second edition, and is hard at work on the third edition of this title.

2.30 - 2.45 stand and share one idea with a neighbour from Becky’s talk

2.45 - 3.15 Taxonomy and true crime Dr Rachel Franks. Rachel will provide handouts on the day, including a “basic list” and things to watch out for when selecting true crime materials.

3.00 - 3.45pm Michael Duffy on true crime, reading and listening

Michael Duffy has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun Herald as a reporter of crime and other urban issues.

3.45 close

The videoconference links are on the wiki.

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