Baker & Taylor, Proud Sponsor of Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America Award!

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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.

Click here to learn how Baker & Taylor can help your library serve your community

 

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!

 

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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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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Celebrate Audiobook Month!

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As we celebrate June being Audiobook Month, Axis 360 is here to happily serve as your audiobook solution. While summer calls for fun in the sun and other adventures on the horizon, an audiobook can be just what you need to unwind, enjoy vacation time, road trips, beach lounging and anything in between.  Now, you can read anywhere, without ever even turning a page. Just press play and listen wherever you are!

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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.

Visit Us at ALA Annual! Booth # 2347

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No rest for the bookish during trade show season. Next up: ALA Annual in New Orleans starting June 21, until June 26. Baker & Taylor has been supporting librarians to lead the future of literacy and learning since 1828. Visit our booth # 2347 and experience 190 years of industry history. We have a jam-packed schedule with several author signings, booth activities and commemorative giveaways. Just to name a few, some of our exclusive activities include:

Coffee Bar and Beignets – Re-charge and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, made fresh just for you and top it off with a tasty beignet.

  • Saturday, June 23 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cocktail Bar- Unwind with with a New Orleans’ signature cocktail… Cheers, drinks are on us!

  • Saturday, June 23 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Photo Booth- Capture the memories with our festive photo booth complete with fun props.

  • Friday, June 22 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 25 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cat Mascot Photos- Take a picture with our beloved cat mascots, Baker and Taylor.

  • Saturday, June 23 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24 |12 – 4 p.m.

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For further details and our complete ALA schedule, we are happy to have a dedicated website to keep you up to date with all our happenings during the show. We can’t wait too see you there!

Don’t miss out, visit the site now!