RAIG Meetings, Minutes and Programs

Our Meetings

Our meetings are a chance to get together, online or in person, and talk about readers advisory with colleagues from around the state. Some meetings have an expert presenter on an RA topic. Other meetings have a theme – a particular genre to focus on. Each person reads a book in that genre and presents a short review of it at the meeting. Besides hearing about the books we've read, meetings also include wide-ranging discussions of books and reading, RA work, and anything else about libraries. Along with our discussions, we will also plan training programs for the MLA-DLA Conference and other times of the year. Finally, we will update and expand our presence by adding a social media component to our activities.

Please check back for future meeting dates.

Attendance via Blackboard Collaborate will be an option.

Our Minutes

September 2020

October 2019

Our MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Programs

Thursday, May 2, 1:30 - 2:30 WHAT IF...YOU GOT THE SCOOP ON UPCOMING BOOKS?

Brian Nielson of Penguin Random House, Ian Doherty of HarperCollins

Get inside news on hot books coming from two big publishers. Boost your cred with your patrons! Amaze your friends with your authoritative knowledge! Add to your To Be Read pile! Brian Nielsen of Penguin Random House and Ian Doherty of HarperCollins will present upcoming titles, including readalike suggestions and describing the likely audience for each title.

Sponsor: RAIG and DLA/PLD This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Friday, May 3, 12:00 - 1:00 WHAT IF...YOU COULD HEAR FROM LOCAL AUTHORS?

Josiah Bancroft, A.L. Herbert, Necole Ryse, Alan Smale, Maggie Thrash

Hey, not all writers live in New York City! Scout out authors for future library programs at this panel, as local writers describe their works, their influences, their writing habits, and the appeal of their books to YOUR patrons.

Sponsor: RAIG This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Past Programs


Exploring Hot Genres: Afrofuturism, #MeToo, Uplifting Reads, and Urban Fiction

Bindi
Good and Mad
Eleanor Oliphant
Best Laid Plans



What is Afrofuturism? Are there good books that explore #MeToo issues? What are urban fiction readers looking for? Can you recommend books that will lift my spirits in these troubling times?

If you’ve encountered these questions, come hear presenters from the Reader’s Advisory Interest Group explore the typical characteristics, appeal factors, and representative titles for each of these genres.

After the presentation we will break into groups to discuss these titles. Please read at least two of these titles before the program and be ready to contribute your insights!

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Afrofuturism)
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister (#MeToo)
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Up-lit)
  • Best Laid Plans: A Hood Misfits Novel by Brick and Storm (Urban fiction)

Registration opens at 12:30 and the program will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

This program has been approved for 3 contact hours of continuing education.
Registration deadline is May 23.

May 30, 2019, 12:30-4:30 pm
Laurel Branch Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707

MLA Members: $25. Nonmembers: $37.50. Students: $12.50.

To register online: https://www.mdlib.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=5%2F30%2F19&eventid=70


Stocking Your Reader’s Advisory Toolbox


Is your Reader’s Advisory toolbox rusty or do you find yourself avoiding customers seeking advice on what to read next? Reader’s Advisory expert, Barry Trott, will increase your confidence to face these questions head on and improve your skills in reader’s advisory. Participants will review ‘appeal factors’ (style, mood and story elements) of a book and how to connect books and authors to your customer. Participants will also learn how to transfer these “appeal factors” to be able to make appropriate suggestions to customers as well as develop asynchronous tools such as lists and displays. Mr. Trott will also discuss what data libraries collect that can be helpful to reader’s advisory services and how to use this data in your library.

Barry Trott is Special Projects Director at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library. He has served as president of ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and is editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly. In 2007, he received both Public Library Association's (PLA) Allie Beth Martin Award and RUSA's Margaret E. Monroe Award. At the PLA Conference in March 2018, Mr. Trott was one of the Reader’s Advisory experts at the 'Top 5 of 5: A Current Affair' program where presenters showcased "go-to" lists of the latest and best books/authors for popular fiction, genre fiction, and nonfiction for leisure readers.

Registration will open at noon. Bring your own lunch and join in on networking before the program which will begin promptly at 1:00.

This training is worth 3 continuing education credits.

November 1 12:00 - 4:30 PM
BCPL - Arbutus Branch

Register Today! https://www.mdlib.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=9%2F13%2F18&eventid=57

Presented by the Public Services Division in partnership with NoveList, and co-sponsored by the Reader's Advisory Interest Group.

Last updated 17 June 2020.