Attack of the “Best” Lists: Becky’s Practical Recap of 2015’s Best Reads

With the holidays approaching the “Best of the Year” lists come fast and furious. “Best" lists are both one of the greatest things about our job and one of the most frustrating; however, in this webinar exclusively for PLA members, Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisory expert, helps you to turn all of the frustration into a success story—one that will make you and your library look like reading superheroes. With practical advice on how to use “best” lists to help patrons find their next great read, under the radar “best” books for a wide range of readers, and plenty of readalike options sprinkled throughout, Becky leaves you ready to end 2015 on a high note and handle the annual attack of the “best" lists with grace and skill.

Originally presented December 16, 2015.


At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Know how to use “best” lists to help patrons find their next great read;
  • Identify under the radar “best” books for a wide range of readers; and
  • Be aware of plenty of readalike options.

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Who Should Attend

All public library staff, especially those responsible for readers' advisory and collection development.


Becky SpratfordBecky Spratford, MLIS, is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All, and is on the steering committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition (ALA Editions, 2012) and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.



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