Annual Meeting 2016

Registration for the 2016 NCLS Annual Meeting is now open! Sign up today to let us know you'll be joining us on Thursday, September 29, at the Best Western in Watertown.

Schedule of Events

1:30pm Arrival/Registration (Registration will remain open until 5pm.)

2pm Keynote Address: RA for All, presented by Becky Spratford

3:45pm Directors Organization Meeting / Trustee Session: Beyond Orientation / NCLS Board Meeting

4:45pm NCLS Displays / Vendor Fair

5:30 Dinner and Awards

NCLS Awards

NCLS is currently accepting applications for Trustee of the Year, Director of the Year, and our new Library Services Award. Submit your nominations today! The deadline for all three awards is Thursday, September 15.

About the keynote

RA for All: Readers Advisory belongs in every library, no matter its budget. The implementation of this vital service is the responsibility of every staff member-- from pages to directors, from those behind the scenes to the ones on the front lines. This program will remove the mystery behind providing great RA service. Using her “Ten Rules of Basic RA Service” as a guide, Becky Spratford will use your own love of your favorite books to show you how to help any patron find their next great read. It's not as hard as you think. But more importantly, you will learn why a staff that can harness the power of sharing a great read will become a stronger team and improve service to all patrons.

About Becky Spratford

Becky Spratford 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 on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table.  She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association who are honoring her as a special guest of honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre.  You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

About the trustee session

Beyond Orientation: Go beyond the basics of trustee responsibilities in this new workshop led by NCLS consultant Paulette Roes. Explore how to evaluate your library services and staff, how to recruit library board members, and other topics requested by our member library trustees. A Q&A session will follow, so feel free to bring any burning questions you might have.