Working With Readers

Keeping Up with Books: Year in Review 2023 (111)

*️⃣ Keeping up with the seemingly countless books published each year can feel impossible. Trying to feel "in the know" is overwhelming with so many books in so many genres. That's why we're bringing you this webinar course, Keeping Up with Books: 2023 Year in Review.

Our panelists are here to give everyone who works with books a better grasp of 2023's publishing and library trends. If you feel like the year flew by, and you barely got a chance to look at everything published, can't get enough of the Best Of lists, or want to know how to use these trends to provide better service to your readers, this webinar is for you.

Join Becky Spratford, Readers' Advisory Specialist at RA for All, and Yaika Sabat, Manager of Reader Services at NoveList, as they discuss:

*️⃣ Learning outcomes:
- 2023 bestsellers and Best Of lists
- The books and authors library patrons searched for and checked out
- Library and publishing news and trends
- How to use this information to help your readers
- What you can expect in 2024

*️⃣ This course will take the average learner about 1 hour in total to complete.

*️⃣ Special note: Libraries and consortia can also purchase an in-person/virtual workshop version of this course. Additionally, this course is available as part of our subscription offerings. For group rates or subscription package options, please contact us at

*️⃣ About the Course Instructor:

Becky Spratford [MLIS] is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Third Edition [ALA Editions, 2021]. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

Yaika Sabat [MSLS] comes from a background in public libraries and now manages the Reader Services team at NoveList, where she trains library staff on helping readers. As a member of the Horror Writers Association’s Library Advisory Council, she works to help librarians understand and embrace the horror genre. Her other passions include writing, film, folklore, and diverse representation in books and media.

Course Instructor: Becky Spratford & Yaika Sabat Estimated completion...: 1 hour

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