Jeff Tegge believes in the importance of including voices of all sizes in the marketplace. The publishing veteran also knows it can be difficult for publishers to get their titles noticed in a crowded market, and he is hoping to help change that. As Vice President of Client Services with Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, Tegge helps leverage the strength of Baker & Taylor and Follett for the benefit of his client publishers and help them get their authors noticed. Continue reading “Baker & Taylor Publisher Services Spotlight”→
Baker & Taylor and Kirkus Reviews proudly continues to support diversity and inclusion in libraries. Our partnership with Kirkus has made a great impact as we further promote our leadership campaign, Powering Libraries. Empowering Communities. Kirkus recently interviewed Andrew Chanse, executive director at Spokane Public Library who has proven to be a national leader in creative community outreach.
With the help of Baker & Taylor’s Customized Library Services, Spokane Public Library has been able to make great strides in better equipping the library with more efficient and streamlined processes. Last year, Baker & Taylor’s Customized Library Services ensured the materials Spokane Public Library wanted for their collection arrived stickered, stamped, and shelf-ready. The items were selected using Baker & Taylor’s carts as purchasing guides, which greatly reduced curation efforts. They also recently subscribed to Collection HQ, a suite of powerful collection management tools designed to save systems even more time.
Based on profession and predilection, you’d never guess Andrew Chanse’s love of reading bloomed later in life. The executive director of Spokane Public Library was all comic books until college, when a triumvirate of gateway authors—Vonnegut, Burroughs, and Robbins—led to an abiding affection for 1970s and ’80s lyric narrative poetry.
“I love James Wright,” Chanse says of the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, widely recognized for his experimental language and style. “In fact, I have a lithograph in my office, a letterpress of two of his poems. His sense of a line was amazing.”
When it comes to experimentation, Chanse’s sensibility clearly aligns with Wright’s.
Chanse leads an innovative team of librarians rising to meet the needs of a swiftly changing riverside city in eastern Washington state—one of 2018’s “Cities on the Rise,” according to National Geographic Traveler magazine. Serving 220,000 potential patrons, Spokane Public Library has burgeoned into a nimble six-branch system that excels in creative problem-solving.
“The way we look at things here is, What’s the barrier around information or learning?” says Chanse, who relocated to Spokane from Arizona in 2013. “How can we overcome that? What can we provide?…For the business community, for example, it’s the information, the data, that isn’t at the hands or means of individual business owners.”
Baker & Taylor is a proud sponsor of Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America Award. Library Journal’s annual award for the Best Small Library in America, was founded in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of outstanding small libraries in the country. It honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less. This year’s winner is Madison County Public Libraries, in Madison NC. The Madison County Public Libraries (MCPL) has fully engaged its community with partnerships, outreach, relationships, and top-notch professional service. The result is a rejuvenated three-branch system that is such an exemplary model, thus it being as LJ’s 2018 Best Small Library in America.
Baker & Taylor has been committed to empowering librarians to lead the future of literacy and learning since 1828. Over the last 190 years we’ve been supporting our customer partners as the role of the community library has evolved. We know, regardless of community size, the library is one of the most valuable and needed community institutions.
Libraries that serve smaller and rural communities are innovators in reaching undeserved communities, creatively addressing literacy gaps and supporting community programs. Are you a small library? Baker & Taylor has resources especially for you! We are proud to offer products and services that help libraries across America, regardless of size.
The time has come to bid farewell to Summer and welcome the Fall season as we watch the leaves change colors, enjoy cooler tempts outside and anticipate cuddling up with a good book. It’s also time to usher in a new season of Fall state trade-shows.
Between now and close to the end of the year, Baker & Taylor representatives will travel to dozens of shows across the U.S. At our booth, reps will share their expertise on B&T’s exciting products and services, and answer those pressing questions you’ve been dying to ask someone face-to-face. Products and services they’ll be chatting about include:
One-stop selection and shopping for all product formats, from our digital catalogs to Title Source 360
Robust digital capabilities and the Community Sharing initiative
Title Source 360 as the market-leading selection and acquisitions software
collectionHQ, ESP and our suite of collection development services
Axis 360 with enhanced features for streaming audiobooks
Baker & Taylor’s recent digital catalog, Strong Girls Become Strong Women, features inspirational and fascinating stories told by and about women in science and technology, sports, art, politics and the military. Strong Girls Become Strong Women presents titles across all genres and age groups from fiction, nonfiction, to biographies and beloved picture books. A variety of children’s books are also among the array of titles that highlight influential women.
This trend in children’s books towards social activism and female empowerment is something buyers have noticed. Readers are looking for titles with female protagonists, and parents are looking to share these themes with their young girls. The Strong Girls Become Strong Women digital catalog and website makes stocking shelves with titles that inspire easy.
With this new trend, girls and women are being equipped with a renewed voice. The opportunity for young girls to have role models to look up to is essential and a promising tool to help inspire them towards greatness in their journey ahead. If you want to feel a refreshed sense of empowerment, look no further. Our digital catalog is filled with dozens of titles written by and for extraordinary ladies of all ages!
Author Nina LaCour says her novel We Are Okay is in ways the most personal book she has written. The winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award, We Are Okay(Dutton Books for Young Readers (Penguin Young Readers), February 2017) follows Marin, who has left her San Francisco home behind and moved to New York where she enrolls as a freshman in college after the sudden death of her grandfather. Her best friend Mabel comes to visit and Marin must confront her deep loneliness, grief and the secrets she’s been keeping. We talked with LaCour about her award winning novel.
CLS has allowed us to take our customer service to a much higher level. Now we have the inventory people want, it looks good, and it’s on the shelves in a timely fashion. It’s amazing how the word spreads.
– Corinne Hill | Executive Director, Chattanooga Public Library
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Founded in 1905, Chattanooga Public Library delivers books, electronic resources, and activities to a growing population of 177,000 in an area undergoing an economic revitalization. With three branches and a main library downtown, the library serves a community notable for its increasing diversity of cultures, education levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Failing. Irrelevant. In 2009, when the city of Chattanooga hired an independent consultant to assess the problems of its chronically underfunded, underutilized public libraries, the feedback was brutal. The library was seen as stuck in the past, with little to offer either to longtime residents or to the many young families moving to the area. One problem was the library’s technical services, which hadn’t evolved in decades. New materials took weeks or months to be processed and appear on the shelves. As a result, the city’s readers had become accustomed to bypassing the library in favor of retailers or simply doing without.