Librarians’ essential work, connecting books to readers, is more difficult now, since so many libraries and schools have closed. While you’ll be helping from afar your work *can* continue to be responsive, compassionate, and innovative. 

Join our panel of readers’ advisory experts from public libraries for a special webinar on how to implement form-based personalized reading recommendations at your library, no matter how large or small your system. They’ll also share tips on providing effective readers’ advisory and keeping readers engaged with your collection from a distance. You’ll also get tips on how to promote your collection digitally through email, social media, and on your website. 

Want additional ideas? Stay for an additional 15-minute training with Angela Hursh who will share how to use LibraryAware email templates to share personalized book recommendations to your readers. 

The webinar is now archived. Watch the recording or skip ahead to the demo that took place after the webinar.

This webinar is archived



Melissa Andrews has been the Collection Development Manager for the Boston Public Library since 2016, overseeing collection development and Reader’s Advisory services online and at the Central branch. Melissa has worked for the BPL since 2007 in a variety of roles, and frequently misses her bus stop because she is reading.

Monique Christian-Long is a Library Manager at the Dallas Public Library. She helped create a newsletter called the Young Black Reader which highlights African American books for children and teens and is released bimonthly. For two years, she has conducted readers' advisory through a program called the Personal Librarian Project, where she curates monthly reading lists, answers requests, and records the PLP Fiction (But Not just Fiction) podcast.

Kristy Lockhart is the Assistant Director for the Weymouth Public Libraries in Weymouth, Massachusetts, coordinating library services and staff across multiple departments and branch libraries. Prior to moving to an administrative role, she was the Head of Reference & Adult Services and brought to the job a particular passion for readers' advisory. She continues to take an active role in developing new RA outreach and programming.

Moderator: Angela Hursh is a Senior Engagement Consultant at NoveList, helping client libraries create effective and engaging ways to market their collection. Her background includes more than six years in marketing for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and more than 20 years as a broadcast TV journalist.