Developing the Adult Fiction Collection

Diversity is the key to a strong adult fiction collection. In this webinar, collection development expert Lila Denning 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 webinar 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

Lila Denning is a librarian in Florida specializing in Passive Readers' Advisory for patrons of all ages. She is the Acquisitions Coordinator for the St Petersburg Library System and has worked in circulation, collection development, reference, and youth services. She serves the volunteer coordinator for the Horror Writers of America. You can find her on Twitter @Vantine and on BlueSky On her blog,, she talks about ideas for book displays and other forms of Passive Readers Advisory and how to best use it to serve your patrons.

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 or at 312-280-5100.

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