#NJLA17 Programming Spotlight: Reader’s Advisory Roundtable

Conference Committee’s Karen Klapperstuck spoke with Melissa Nemitz of the Reader’s Advisory Roundtable about upcoming Conference programs. Find out what you should be looking for to be in the know on the new releases!

Conference is sometimes one of the only times that we can freshen up our RA skills . . . and as librarians, who doesn't like to talk about books? This year we are offering some traditional RA programs, but some programs will have us stepping outside our comfort zones, so be prepared to challenge the norm. 

Converting to Non-Dewey (NO-D) Cataloging  (Tuesday, 4/25, 11:30am-12:20pm)

Presented by: Susan Meeske, Old Tappan Public Library; Stephany Bellucci, Cliffside Park; and Jamie Feuer, Edgewater Public Library

Learn how Susan Meeske and her staff at the Old Tappan Public Library converted their collection to a non-Dewey or NO-D system. Susan will discuss why her library switched, how they did it, and the pros of utilizing non-Dewey.

Brown Bag Lunch: Under the Radar Reads (Tuesday, 4/25, 12:30-2:00pm)

Presented by: Theresa Agostinelli

Learn about current, “Under the Radar” reads while enjoying lunch with colleagues in an informal setting. We will kick off the lunch with book trivia on a variety of topics. Interested attendees will then present 1-2 minute lightning book talks on fiction and nonfiction titles, preferably lesser-known gems, using slides that they have added to our Google Slides file. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of book lists to share. 

Readers' Advisory for Paraprofessionals (Wednesday, 4/26, 2:30-3:20pm)

Presented by: Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library; C.L. Quillen, Spotswood Public Library; and Cynthia Lamber, Mary Jacobs Branch of the Somerset County Library System

Readers' advisory is an essential service that libraries and librarians provide to its community. However, paraprofessionals rarely receive this type of training. This session will train the trainer, equipping you, the professional, with tips on how you can help train your paraprofessional staff, both formally and informally, in readers' advisory services. 

Best Graphic Novels of 2016 (Wednesday, 4/26, 3:40-4:30pm)

Presented by: David Lisa, Camden County Library System; Laverne Mann, Cherry Hill Public Library; Lanora Melillo, Scotch Plains Public Library; and Tyler Rousseau, Monroe Township Library

Update your library’s graphic novel collection with suggestions from librarians around the state. Hear about the best graphic novels published during 2016 in adult, young adult, and children’s categories.

So while we may feel like this about books:

We know sometimes our patrons feel like this:

So keep yourself in the know by learning about the best new titles and the best ways to "sell" books to your patrons from the Reader's Advisory Roundtable pros at #NJLA17!

Karen Klapperstuck and the 2016-2017 NJLA Conference Committee