For immediate release | April 4, 2011

Tough topics, graphic novels, multimedia and mysteries — free Booklist webinars in April

CHICAGO - Booklist’s free webinar series is growing rapidly, attracting crowds of attendees. Booklist editors host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives at least once a month on a variety of topics that offer immediate tips, tools, resources and new ideas for collection development and readers’-advisory work. The webinars are recorded and archived on the Booklist Online webinars page, where you can also find information about upcoming offerings.

April’s upcoming webinars prepare you to expand your programs, services and collections. All the webinars start at 1 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted.

“Tackling Tough Topics in Books for Youth” on April 7. Booklist YA editor Gillian Engberg hosts a panel discussing high-quality youth literature that can help young people expand their awareness and start discussions on challenging subjects. Attendees will hear the perspectives of a publisher, an author, a youth-literature professor and an educational consultant and can also connect with panelists by submitting questions and comments of their own. This webinar is sponsored by Second Story Press. You can register here.

“Superbooks: How Graphic Novels Can Save Your Library” on April 12. Booklist associate editor Ian Chipman is joined by Christian Zabriskie, assistant coordinator of young adult services at Queens Library, whose research will open your eyes to the true potential for graphic novels, both for adults and youth, to spike circulation numbers through the roof. This webinar is sponsored by Top Shelf Productions, ABDO Publishing Group, and SLG Publishing. You can register here.

“Multimedia in Your Library: Innovative Learning Tools for Literacy, Languages, and More” on April 19. Moderated by Booklist Media editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard, vendors Playaway and Mango will be presenting innovative ways to make audio and video more accessible as literacy and language learning tools. You can register here.

“Beyond Bestsellers: High-Demand Mysteries in Libraries” on April 26. Readers' Advisory expert and Booklist columnist Joyce Saricks will share her discoveries about what really circulates and how librarians can help spread the news. Representatives from four publishers—Macmillan, Severn House, AudioGO and Felony & Mayhem—will preview the best titles from their forthcoming lists, and Booklist Online senior editor Keir Graff moderates. You can register here.

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