163: Rebecca Vnuk

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of LibraryReads, about her current favorite reads, what LibraryReads is, and how library staff can get involved.

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads. She has an MLIS from Dominican University and worked as a public librarian before becoming the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist magazine. Rebecca is the author of three reference books on the topic of Women’s Fiction, as well as a best-selling book on weeding library collections. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2010 and was the 2010 PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Winner for distinguished Readers Advisory Service. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two tween sons (both of whom still love to read, whew!).

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Becky Spratford and RA for All. Readers’ advisory is a core concept for libraries and you want your staff trained by the best. Back in 2007, librarian Becky Spratford was working at a public library and teaching the readers advisory class at Dominican University but wanted to do more to compile her best ideas and save the very best of her students work, so she started a blog, RA for All as a way to showcase and catalog it all. The blog is now one of the most trusted and respected RA tools available. After 15 years of public service, Becky transitioned into being a full time consultant in 2015 and provides RA training to library workers all over the world. If you are interested in hiring Becky to present at your library’s staff day, your state library conference, or wherever library workers are learning (either in person or virtually), go to raforall.blogspot.com to preview sample past programs, see her current schedule of events, listen to Becky talk about RA service, and obtain basic pricing. Click the RA for All logo at the top of the blog to find her contact information and if you mention Circulating Ideas, you will get 10% off if you book by the end of 2019.

121: Rebecca Vnuk

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, editor of IndiePicks, the book review publication dedicated to independent publishers and authors.

Vnuk Patomi Headshot 2017

Rebecca Vnuk comes to IndiePicks after holding the position of Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach with Booklist Publications. She has an MLIS from Dominican University and worked for a decade as a public librarian, in a variety of positions from Readers’ Advisor to adult services management. Rebecca is the author of three reference books on the topic of Women’s Fiction, as well as a best-selling book on weeding library collections. Rebecca was a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2010 PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Winner for distinguished Readers Advisory Service, and the 2008 Library Journal Fiction Reviewer of the Year. She’s an expert on chick lit, but she also likes to read about serial killers and zombies (after all, it’s not all about the shoes!). If she’s not tucked away filling her head with terrifying tales or women’s weepers, she’s probably running after her two young sons.

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55: Rebecca Vnuk

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, editor for Reference and Collection Management at Booklist and co-creator of Shelf Renewal, at the Illinois Library Association conference.

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Rebecca Vnuk

Rebecca Vnuk  is the Editor for Reference and Collection Management at Booklist Publications. She is the author of 3 Reader’s Advisory nonfiction titles for Libraries Unlimited: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009), and Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (co-authored with Nanette Donohue, 2013).  A long-time reviewer and collection development article writer for Library Journal, she was named their “Fiction Reviewer of the Year” in 2008.  In 2010, Rebecca was named both a Library Journal Mover and Shaker as well as the recipient of PLA’s Allie Beth Martin Award. Prior to her career at Booklist,  Rebecca spent 10 years as a Reader’s Advisory librarian and Adult Services manager with various public libraries in Illinois.

SHOW NOTES

The original Shelf Renewal blog:  http://shelfrenewal.wordpress.com
“V.C. Andrews Made Me the Librarian I am Today”:
Rebecca reads from Fifty Shades of Grey: youtube.com/watch?v=rW2TWkZDx1A