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Webinar: Meeting Your Community’s Demand for Books

Posted March 25, 2015

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How do you get more books into the hands of more readers? Selecting an appealing collection of books for your community is step one. Helping individual readers find the right books for their own style is step two. Combine the two and you have the potential to create a truly outstanding library service that meets the needs of readers throughout your community.

But how exactly does that magic happen? How do you make sure that you have the right books available? How do you give good reading recommendations if the book may not even be in the collection?

Join us for a panel discussion with 3 librarians working at the intersection of collection development and readers’ advisory. They’ll talk about the strategies and tools for making sure that they are meeting the needs of their communities and matching readers with the right books.


Neal Wyatt  Wendy Bartlett  Cynthia Orr  Amy Pattee

Neal Wyatt (moderator) is the readers’ advisory columnist for Library Journal and is a past chair of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of RUSA. She writes widely in the areas of RA and collection development and is currently revising the 3rd edition of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction.

Wendy Bartlett is the Collection Development & Acquisitions Manager (and the Fiction Selector!) for the Cuyahoga County Public Library system outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Before joining the Collection Development/Acquisitions Department, she was the branch manager for the Beachwood Branch of CCPL, and previous to that the Assistant Director of the Kent Free Library in Kent, Ohio. Before working in libraries, Wendy was the regional manager for the Cleveland and Pittsburgh area Borders stores.

Cindy Orr lives in Cleveland and currently works for OverDrive as their Digital Collection Advisor, teaches a class on readers’ advisory service at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, and is the editor of the Reader’s Advisor Online Blog ( She has over 40 years of experience in public libraries in positions ranging from reference librarian, branch manager, collection manager, and technical services director to deputy director. She has been a library consultant, and speaks extensively on the subject of readers’ advisory service, collection development, and technical services. She has been a contributing editor for Library Journal and has written read-alike columns for Novelist. She is the author of two books on readers’ advisory service, is a member of the ALA RUSA RA Research and Trends Committee, and was the 2004 winner of the ALA/RUSA Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award.

Amy Pattee worked as a children's librarian at public libraries in Ocean County and Burlington County, New Jersey after completing her master's in library science at Rutgers University. She received her doctorate in library and information science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has published in journals related to library science and children's literature, and has contribute to professional journals School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Her most recent book, Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults, was published by Scarecrow in 2013. She teaches children's and young adult literature; you can read her blog at