Don’t Miss “Top 5” at PLA—Your Fast Guide to Authors You Should Know

Top 5 Program

If you’re just seeing this now and you’re at PLA, I hope you’ll come over to room 102/104/106 at 10:45 a.m.

For four Public Library Association conferences in a row now I’ve been joined by a panel of rock-star readers’ advisors for a program we like to call the “Top 5.” This is where we take five fiction genres or nonfiction categories and give you a quick-and-dirty list of books and authors you should know about, even if you don’t read in that area. No one has time to read everything in our collections, even if we wanted to, but patrons expect us to be knowledgeable about every book and author. I’ve always championed the idea that the best way to get around this is by knowing a little bit of good stuff about a lot of your collection, and the Top 5 programs were born as a way to give librarians some fast knowledge about a variety of books and authors.

Here are links for this year’s handout. You can also access the nonfiction handouts from 2014 and the fiction handout from 2012.




About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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