ESP Delivers Results for Chattanooga Public Library

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Chattanooga Public Library, Tennessee is a four-branch system serving a population of 170,000. Library Director, Corinne Hill, made the decision to implement collectionHQ in 2012 to support informed, evidence based collection development and introduced ESP in 2016 to take that insight one step further.

Before the introduction of collectionHQ, staff at Chattanooga Public Library relied on anecdotal evidence and bestseller lists to plan selection. Implementing collectionHQ offered a comprehensive tool to budget and select new titles, opening the team’s eyes to the possibilities of big data. But just one part was missing: how did they apply that data to select prepublished titles?

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50 Years & Counting

Fifty years ago, when Clarice Stanton started at Baker & Taylor, everything was done by hand—no computers. The company has changed so much since her first day in 1967, but one thing has always stayed the same. “The books,” she said. “I remember walking into the warehouse for the first time and seeing all of those shelves of books and thinking ‘I’m in heaven’.”

On Sept. 19 Stanton, a customer service representative, celebrated her 50th anniversary with Baker & Taylor. Co-workers at her office in Commerce, Ga. helped her celebrate this momentous occasion with flowers and a cake.

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She originally started as an order picker in the Reno, Nev. Service center, spending 25 years in the warehouse there, picking, stowing and receiving. From there, Stanton moved into customer service, covering almost every market, from schools to retail to academic to, now, public library. She moved from Reno to Commerce in 2004.

Outside of work, she loves to travel and has set a goal for herself to visit every U.S. state. Of course, Stanton also loves to read, especially if it’s anything by her favorite authors including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Nora Roberts and J.K. Rowling.

Stanton has no plans to slow down just yet. She said, “People ask when I plan on retiring but why retire when you love your job?”

Thank you for your many years of service, Clarice!

Read With Your Ears: Audiobooks on the Rise

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Reading is not just for a cozy recliner by your fireplace anymore. It’s not just for lounging on the beach. Now, you can read anywhere, without ever even turning a page. Just press play.

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Downloadable audiobooks are taking over. They’re the fastest-growing format in the book market, and circulating at an exponential pace in libraries—jumping 86 percent in circulation in the past year. More than 67 million Americans listen to audiobooks every year, and for good reason. Audiobooks are ideal for both avid readers who are always on the go and also new library patrons in search of a different way to read. Audio also promotes literacy growth within a community.

For three years, sales and circulation for downloadable audio have soared and they’re not showing any sign of slowing down. Consumer purchasing alone has grown more than 20 percent.

With audiobooks in such high demand, it’s no surprise that libraries across the country are making more and more available to their patrons through applications like Axis 360. With ebook and audiobook platforms like Axis 360, patrons can check out these popular book formats for free and listen on your phone, computer or tablet.

By offering downloadable audiobooks for your patrons, libraries foster a community of life-long readers. They may come for the audiobooks, but they’ll stay for the invaluable services libraries offer—for books and beyond.

Contact your Baker & Taylor representative for your audiobook solution today!

 

Statistics sourced from Library Journal and Audio Publishers Association.

Diversity in Literature with Kirkus Collections

Every day, libraries around the world welcome people from all walks of life. Readers are diverse, so why not have a collection that celebrates that?

Kirkus Collections gives libraries the opportunity to become more inclusive and be part of the solution. After a thorough search process, editors at Kirkus Reviews identify and categorize diverse books into thematic lists. At Baker & Taylor, we then publish these curated collections on Title Source 360 where librarians can exclusively order the titles with ease.

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Author Spotlight: Hilde Lysiak

hildeblogphotoHilde Lysiak was 7 years old when she started her own newspaper, the Orange Street News. Last year, at age 9, she attracted national attention after reporting on a murder. Now, with her dad, Matthew Lysiak, she’s written Hero Dog (Scholastic, September 2017), the first in the Hilde Cracks the Case early readers series featuring Hilde and sister Izzy. In Hero Dog, the young journalists race to crack a case of stolen baked goods, save the local baking competition, and write their story, all before deadline. Our digital catalog, Growing Minds spoke with the Hilde about her new series and her love of reporting. Read the interview below.

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Exclusive Discussion with Documentarian Ken Burns This Friday!

kenburnsThis Friday, Baker & Taylor will be hosting a live webinar with documentarian Ken Burns just days before his poignant documentary series, The Vietnam War, airs on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Tune in from 12 to 12:30 p.m. to hear this exclusive discussion with Burns, in partnership with PBS.

Over 10 years in the making, this 10-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.

Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.

Burns has spent nearly 40 years making films, producing some of the most accomplished historical documentaries of our time. From the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981 to the landmark television series The Civil War, Ken’s films have won 15 Emmy Awards and received two Oscar nominations. Burns has been the recipient of almost 30 honorary degrees and in September of 2008 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Over the years, each film he has created has asked one deceptively simple question, “Who are we Americans as a people?” His films look at more than just individual subject matter; they drive audiences to go further into themes that are central to who we are as a nation and as individuals.

Moderated by Stephanie Prange, the editor in chief of Home Media Magazine, this webinar is a can’t miss event.

What?

Exclusive Discuss with Documentarian Ken Burns

When?

Friday, September 15, 2017 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

How?

Register here for more details.

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Fall State Show Preview

fallreading.jpgSo long summer! It’s time to watch the leaves change colors, drink a pumpkin spice latte, slip into a sweater and cuddle up with a good book. It’s also time to usher in a new season of fall state trade-shows.

Between now and 2018, Baker & Taylor representatives will travel to dozens of shows across the U.S. and internationally. 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
  • Book and DVD leasing programs
  • Axis 360 with the brand-new “Listen Now” feature for streaming audiobooks

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