2010 Librarians' Day
July 28, 2010
Gaylord Opryland Hotel - Nashville, TN
8:00 – 9:00 AM
The Romance Readers Advisory Interview
Speaker: John Charles
Readers’ advisory can be intimidating! From information about the romance genre and its subgenres to ways to negotiate the always tricky readers’ advisory interview, this session will provide exactly the tools you need to effectively connect romance readers with the right book.
- A past RWA Librarian Of The Year award recipient, Charles currently reviews romance novels for Booklist. I've heard him give presentations on this topic before, and I always walk away with some new nugget of information I can use "on the job."
What’s New and What’s Hot in Romance Fiction?
Speakers: Eloisa James, Kristin Ramsdell, and Christie Ridgway
Are vampire romances still popular? Are western romances on their way back? New York Times bestselling author and B&N.com reviewer Eloisa James, Library Journal romance reviewer Kristin Ramsdell and USA Today bestselling author and Bookpage romance reviewer Christie Ridgway, discuss the latest trends they see in romance fiction, including upcoming titles, to help you market your collection and target your romance programs.
- I've heard all these presenters speak before, and they're all great! This should be an interesting discussion. I never get tired of hearing about trends.
Stretch your legs and enjoy some refreshments. Don’t wander too far! We’ll be hosting a fun “romance trivia” game during the break and handing out prizes to librarians that correctly answer questions about the genre.
- Trivia! Prizes! Food! Woot!
Focus on Young Adult Romance
Speakers: Amy Alessio, Simone Elkeles, Susan Gibberman, and Alyson Noel
Young adult romance authors and two librarians discuss the unique traits of YA romance and how this subgenre of romance appeals to teens and adult romance readers alike. The authors will also share insights on recommending YA romance reads to your library community.
- My knowledge of YA is woefully lacking - mostly because it's not my "job" to buy it for work (that honor goes to one of my esteemed colleagues). Hopefully I'll pick up some tidbits that I can bring back to her, and also to my Lil' Sis: The High School English Teacher.
Tips and Tricks for Effective Romance Collection Development
Speakers: Wendy Crutcher and Tessa Dare
Purchase or pass? Should it stay or should it go? Materials Evaluator Wendy Crutcher and author Tessa Dare share the dos and don’ts for making smart romance collection development decisions, along with helpful resources to get the job done.
- Well la dee frickin' da! Lookie who we have here? Famous (and totally kick-ass) Regency Historical author Tessa Dare and some supposedly "super" librarian who is hoping she won't make a total ass out of herself. For the record - uh, I have no idea what I'm going to say yet. OK, that's not entirely true. I've written about half of this presentation in my head - I just haven't put it down on paper. Once I get past my own library's literary event in a few weeks, I'll be working on this in earnest. ::Gulp:: Calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean....
Librarians’ Luncheon featuring New York Times best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon
- I've heard Kenyon speak before, and I thought she was a hoot. Funny and personable, a good choice for a lunch time speaker.
Librarian/Bookseller Networking Event with Authors
Come to this fun, informal meet and greet with your favorite romance authors, and leave with free goodies and more
- I always put in an appearance here. For one thing, this is where all the freebies are, and the last few years the Librarian Goodie Room has been beyond awesome. Also, it's a chance to chat with a whole horde of authors, and pass out your business card. Last year I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with the Harlequin Historical brigade that was there. Plus it's a good way to kill time before the big charity booksigning that starts at 5:30PM.