Monday I am going to speak about romance at the Connecticut Library Association conference. My session goals are to both talk about romance to librarians who may be leery or misinformed about it, and to also highlight some excellent books to have in a library collection and share ways to welcome romance readers into libraries. I’m also going to talk about what avid, rabid readers we are, and how much we love libraries with solid romance collections (I just got tingly goosebumps writing that, thinking of all the shelves of romance novels at my local library growing up).
I have a few ideas about that, but I also know that you most likely have a burning set of opinions about how librarians and romance readers and writers can work together. Are there excellent programs you know of that work marvelously for you? Are there books you think should be in every romance collection? If you’ve met a librarian who was exceedingly welcoming to you as a romance reader, what did he or she do? And if the opposite is true, what happened?
Side note: this conference is so cool – not only is there a technology “petting zoo” where librarians can play with the latest technological gadgets, but there’s a session on ebook lending (of course) and one about building video game lending collections, too. DUDE. Awesome.
One thing I love about librarians who are romance-friendly is that they often have excellent book recommendations, and they’re very familiar with new authors who are similar to established supremely popular authors. But that librarian is often a romance fan already, hence all the knowledge. I know there are many librarians and library patrons lurking and not-lurking here, so I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you!!