Fall State Show Preview

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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
  • New initiatives, products and programs

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Empowering Girls in Children’s Books on the Rise

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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!

Explore the Strong Girls Become Strong Women digital catalog here!

 

Author Spotlight: Nina LaCour

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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.

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Case Study- Chattanooga Public Library: “It’s About the Community We Serve”

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 
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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.

 

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THE CHALLENGE

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.

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Powering Libraries. Empowering Communities.

Baker & Taylor and Kirkus Reviews is proud to support diversity and inclusion in libraries. We are excited to be partnering with Kirkus as we launch our new leadership campaign, Powering Libraries. Empowering CommunitiesKirkus will be interviewing and featuring key Baker & Taylor customers to profile how our services and unique position as a true library advocate is helping to improve community outcomes.

The first customer spotlight profiles Michael Jimenez, County Librarian for San Bernardino County Library System who has tripled circulation despite devastating budget and staff cuts with the help of Baker and Taylor’s Customized Library Services.

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Preview of article by Meghan Labrise, originally published on KirkusReviews.com :

Growing up in Southern California, Michael Jimenez went to the library just twice: once in elementary school class and once in high school, with his parents.

“It was an intimidating experience, I remember, as a kid,” Jimenez says of visiting the library with his parents, who are Salvadoran immigrants. “I didn’t know what to do. My parents didn’t speak very good English, so trying to translate with the
librarian there….” He pauses. “We didn’t go back.”

It wasn’t until college that he began to read with gusto. Two years of remedial English classes helped foster an abiding love of books, leading to a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in library and information science.

In 2007, he began his career at the San Bernardino County Library as a young adult librarian. Just 10 years later he was appointed to the system’s highest administrative position, County Librarian. “It’s amazing what a public library can do for a child,” he says. “If they start coming when they’re young, if they attend summer reading programs, if they learn to read for pleasure, that translates directly into success in school. Had I had that opportunity when I was younger, I would have really enjoyed it. My passion in this role is being able to share that with others.”

Read full article on Kirkus Reviews’ website here.

Visit Title Source 360 to discover Kirkus Diversity lists for your library.

Sterling Municipal Library: Proven Success in Axis 360 Awareness Days

“For a successful awareness program, you’ve got to make it personal. Whether it’s in-library or online, people want more than information. They want to laugh and feel a real connection.”

– Jenna Harte-Wisiniewski | Marketing Librarian, Sterling Municipal Library

ABOUT STERLING MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

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With roots dating back to 1925, Sterling Municipal Library serves a population of 75,000 in Baytown, Texas, an industrial city anchored by oil refineries and chemical plants. The present library, dedicated in 1963, provides a wide variety of traditional books, reference materials, digital resources, and activities for a patron base that is largely blue-collar and extremely ethnically diverse.

THE CHALLENGE

Located in the Greater Houston area, Sterling Municipal Library in Baytown first began offering eBooks and other digital resources to its 50,337 card holders through a consortium with other libraries on the Gulf Coast. But with an area-wide population of 6.2 million and more than 90,000 card holders, competition was fierce. “For popular titles, the wait list on the consortiums system can be as long as 58 weeks,” says marketing librarian Jenna Harte-Wisiniewski.

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Author Spotlight: Chelsea Clinton

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Soon after writing her New York Times best-seller, She Persisted, a picture book about 13 inspirational women, Chelsea Clinton began thinking about the remarkable women from around the world who had inspired her. Friends also chimed in with stories about remarkable women, and that lead to the companion book, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (Philomel Books, Penguin Random House, March 2018). The book features women including Viola Desmond, who helped start Canada’s civil rights movement, and “Sissi” Lima do Amor, who insisted on playing soccer despite girls being outlawed from the sport. We talked with Clinton about her sequel.

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