For immediate release | December 9, 2015

PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Becky Spratford

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on December 16, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host “Attack of the ‘Best’ Lists: Becky’s Practical Recap of 2015’s Best Reads,” exclusively for PLA personal members. This free webinar will prepare members to end 2015 on a high note and handle the annual attack of the “best" lists with grace and skill.

During this hour-long presentation, Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisory expert, will provide 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.

Registration is free and space is limited for the live event; however all PLA personal members will have complimentary access to the archived recording of the webinar.

Want to know more about Becky Spratford, MLIS? Becky 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.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing