RA in a Day is a one-day conference that brings some of the best readers’ advisory advocates together to share their knowledge and expertise on meeting the needs of adult readers. During the day, participants will learn about the latest RA trends and look at how to best serve those who visit our libraries every day, either in-person or virtually.
The 2017 program for RA in a Day will focus on the history of and
current trends in Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction. All of the
sessions will share tips and techniques aimed at increasing your
knowledge of the genre and raising your comfort level in talking to
patrons about both specific books and trends in this genre.
You will find the details below, including our full list of speakers, as well as vendor partner participants. We hope to see you there!
9:15 - 9:30: Introduction and Welcome (RA Committee Chair)
9:30 - 10:15: Defining the Science Fiction Tradition
Lorna Toolis, Head of the Merrill Collection, TPL, will be sharing
must-know titles and subgenres, discussing elements of the science
fiction and speculative tradition, and providing tips on how best to
talk about science fiction with library patrons.
10:30 - 11:30: Trends and themes in Science Fiction Panel Discussion
Chris Szego, Manager of Bakka-Phoenix Books and Julie Czerneda, author
of The Gate to Futures Past join us to discuss their thoughts on Science
Fiction, the growth of the genre, its past, present and future, trends
in publishing, and the titles that best represent the genre.
12:00 – 2:00: Luncheon Event
Our lunch speaker this year is science fiction writer and
self-proclaimed futurist, Madeline Ashby. Madeline is the author of the
Machine Dynasty series, as well as various short fiction and most
recently the acclaimed Company Town. Described as a “futuristic
murder-mystery thriller”, Company Town, which was longlisted for Canada
Reads 2017, is a unique blend of mystery, action and cyber-genetics.
Madeline will be speaking about her experiences writing
science-fiction, and her unique twists on the genre, as well as reading
from her work and signing books after lunch.
2:00 - 2:45: Interactive Session
Take some time with your tablemates to enjoy some entertaining and
interactive techniques to put into practice what we’ve learned about
science fiction so far. RA tools will be shared with all tables, and the
RA Committee will be roving to assist with the activities.
3:00 – 4:00: Keynote Presentation
End the day with a talk about science fiction and diversity. “Geek girl”
Sam Maggs is the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder
Women, and she is also an assistant writer for video game developer
Bioware. Sam will be reading from her work, talking about science
fiction, gaming and women, and signing her books at The Library Marketplace table
4:15: Final Comments and Door Prizes