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Circulating Ideas - 25 August 2021

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century. This newsletter dives deeper into those conversations.
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Many library workers are familiar with Becky Spratford, creator of the RA for All blog, due to her enthusiasm for professional readers’ advisory training and her promotion of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of library work. If they haven’t had the pleasure of working with Becky as a consultant, perhaps they are fans of her RA articles and book reviews of the latest and greatest for Booklist, NoveList, and Library Journal. But those who have followed Becky for years know that her roots in reading lie firmly in scary territory: she is the go-to librarian when it comes to all things horror. Becky was the first Librarian Guest of Honor at the Horror Writers Association’s StokerCon. And now, she runs Librarians’ Day for the conference, supervises the HWA “Summer Scares” programming; and has been on the Stoker Award Jury for Best First Novel for several years.
Her book, The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, is now in its third edition, no small feat. As she notes on her second blog, RA for All: Horror (that’s right, her popular blog has a creepy twin they keep locked under the stairs), she had so much content for the updated edition that she had to move some of it online. Incredibly, for every horror subgenre in the book, she was able to offer an astounding 20 annotated book suggestions. A dozen appear in the print edition, and she has created an online archive for the rest. When I saw that update on her blog, I knew that was pretty much a perfect encapsulation of Becky, her personality, and her generosity: she gets so excited about books and authors; she cannot wait to share her knowledge about them; and she wants everyone to have the resources they need to share.
Whether they are already a fan of the horror genre or they need to know more about it in order to beef up their RA skills, library workers need to get their hands on the latest edition of Becky’s book. 
Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director, LibraryReads
Episode 206
Circulating Ideas 206: Becky Spratford
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror, Third Edition | ALA Store
RA for All
RA for All: Horror
RA for All: Horror: Summer Scares FAQ and Resources
crook's corner book prize – book prize
The Bram Stoker Awards
Ladies of Horror Fiction
Tor Nightfire
Books Becky Recommends
Podcasts Becky Recommends
More about Becky Spratford
LJ Talks to Becky Spratford, Author of ‘The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror’
Readers’ Advisory Secrets — A Conversation with Becky Spratford
HWA Interview with Becky Spratford
HWA Interview with Becky Spratford
Women in Horror Month Interview: Becky Spratford - Cemetery Dance Online
Check It Out: Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor, MLIS
Becky Spratford (@RAforAll) | Twitter
Becky is my most frequent guest on the show, with the new appearance being her 7th time on!
CI177: PLA 2020
CI161: Grady Hendrix and Becky Spratford
CI120: Becky Spratford – Circulating Ideas
CI111.2 ALA Annual 2017, Day 2
CI53: Becky Spratford
CI20: Best Books of 2012 (Part One)
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