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TTW 2022: Materials Challenges and Your Library from the Trustee Table
Regardless of whether or not your library has had a request for reconsideration of library materials, the increase in challenges is dramatic, and quite frankly, upsetting. Becky Spratford, an expert in serving leisure readers though the public library with over 20 years of experience as a locally elected library trustee, Reaching Across Illinois Library System board member, and Illinois Library Association Executive Board member, will walk you through everything you need to do to prepare for a request to ban titles at your library. From the steps you need to take right now, to how to properly handle a challenge from your seat at the trustee table, Becky will help you to put the emotions aside and protect intellectual freedom.

Aug 22, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Becky Spratford
Readers' Advisor and author @RA for All
Becky Spratford (MLIS) is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO's Novelist database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal. Becky is a 20 year locally elected library trustee and a board member for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. Known for her work with horror readers, Becky is the author of The Reader's Advisory Guide to Horror, Third Edition (ALA Editions, 2021). She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and currently serves as the Association's Secretary and organizer of their annual Librarians' Day. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.