CLICK HERE for quick access to the materials for the 2016-17 Speculative Fiction Genre Study.
The website now features UNRESTRICTED access, including notes from our meetings; however, in order to attend the meetings in person, you must be a member of ARRT. Click here for information about how you can join.


I can come to your library, book club meeting, or conference to talk about how to help your readers find their next good read. Click here for more information.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations [Updated 1.18]

In the spirit of being green, this page will house links to my recent presentations, allowing attendees access without having to print copies for everyone. Presentations will  be up for at least 6 months.  If you have attended one of my presentations and want access to slides and handouts that are not posted here, please contact me ( or leave a comment on this page.

But first, here is the link to the archive of my podcast and radio appearances. It is a great way to get a sense of how I present.

My general 2018 rates are as follows; however, the are negotiable:

  • Virtual: Rates begin at $300 
  • Local [do not require an overnight stay]: Rates begin at $750
  • Travel [requires an overnight stay but I can drive]: Rates begin at $1200
  • Travel [requires an overnight night stay and air travel]: Rates begin at $2000

These rates do not include my travel costs. Those are billed out for exact costs with an invoice; however, I do provide a not to exceed dollar amount for travel for your budgeting purposes.

  • Madison [WI] Area Multi-Library Training-- August 16-17, 2017
  • Virtual In Service Training for Harrison [NY] Public Library-- September 19, 2017
  • PA Library Association Annual Conference-- Pittsburgh, October 16, 2017
  • Wauconda [IL] Area Library-- November 3, 2017
  • Addison [IL] Public Library-- December 8, 2017
    • RA for All Signature Talk which Addison rebranded as-- Help Patrons Find Their Next Favorite Book
    • Booktalking which Addison rebranded as-- How to Talk Up Your Favorite Book
    • Slide and handout access here

  • RAILS Webinar-- What’s To Come in 2018?: Assessing and Staying On Top of Adult Leisure Reading and Collection Development Trends-- January 18, 2018 9:30-11 am [central]
    • For library workers who work assist leisure readers, whether it is from the front desk, the reference desk, or as you roam the stacks, staying on top of the latest trends is imperative. Our patrons expect us to know what’s hot before they do. They expect us to have the items ready and waiting for them as soon as they request them. And with all of the other job duties we have to worry about, sometimes we are not a responsive to the most current trends as we could be. But assessing trends in leisure reading and collection development is an essential job duty, and it is not nearly as difficult as you may think. Join noted Readers’ Advisory expert Becky Spratford for a webinar that will be fun and useful. She will walk you through the current trends in adult leisure collections and teach you the tips and tricks you can use to stay in the know all year long. Before you know it, your library will be trending in your community.
  • Winnetka-Northfield Public Library-- Feb 14, 2017
    • All day training for targeted staff: 
      • RA for All
      • Booktalking
      • Demystifying Genre
      • Staying in Genre Shape
      • AMA with Becky [customized searching]
  • Omaha [NE] Public Library-- Feb 23, 2018, University of Nebraska Omaha’s Community Engagement Center, 8:30-4:30
    • Full Day of training- RA for All, Booktalking, Genre Training
  • StokerCon Librarians’Day- The Biltmore, Providence, RI, March 1, 2018
  • PCI Webinars: What’s To Come in 2018?: Assessing and Staying On Top of Adult Leisure Reading and Collection Development Trends
    • March 8th- 2-3pm est
  • New South Wales, Australia-- 2018 Readers' Advisory Seminar-- March 13, 2018--Webinar
    • RA for All
  • Red River Regional Library [TN]-- April 11, 2018-- Full day, regional staff training
    • RA for All
    • Booktalking
    • Demystifying Genre
    • RA Rethink-- Displays Edition
  • Reaching Forward: Presenting and in the ARRT Booth!
  • Clarion, PA area Regional Staff Training-- May 14, 2018
    • RA for All
    • Genre Training
  • Northbrook [IL] Public Library-- Half Day key staff training/refresher
    • May 24th, 1-4pm
  • Lakeland Library Coooperative [Western MI]: August 2018
    • RA for All
    • Booktalking
    • RA Rethink: Displays and Upselling
    • Genre Training 
  • Columbus Day 2018 Bucks County, PA

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