Developing the Adult Fiction Collection

Diversity is the key to a strong adult fiction collection. In this workshop, adult fiction expert Robin Bradford will cover how you can grow and diversify your collection to make better readers advisory choices and offer stronger materials to your patrons. You’ll learn best practices for acquiring new materials and for drawing on the strengths of the material you already have. This workshop will not only demystify selecting and ordering diverse materials but will also help library staff confidently display, promote, and connect those materials to a variety of readers.

Registration for this event is also included in the Collection Development Crash Course.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the foundational reasons for diversifying your collection and be able to reliably discover diverse materials 
  • Understand strategies for recommending works either actively or passively that go beyond your lived experience or the perceived lived experience of your community 
  • Recognize the importance of the book atmosphere and how libraries, publishers, reviewers, vendors, authors, bookstores and the public all work together

Robin Bradford has earned a BA and MA in English, an MS in Library Science, and a JD, but has found a home in building reader-focused, popular collections in public libraries. She was recognized as RWA’s 2016 Librarian of the Year and is addicted to books and dedicated to helping others discover a love of reading. She has worked with authors to help get their titles into these collections, worked with librarians to push for equal treatment of genre fiction, and worked with readers so that they can find their favorite authors on their library's shelves.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at ce@ala.org or at 312-280-5100.

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