Meet Baker & Taylor’s President

 

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Meet David Cully: avid reader, family man and the new president of Baker & Taylor.

An educator by training, David began his long association with the book business as a part-time sales associate in the Gimbels East Book Department while attending graduate school at NYU and teaching at Hillcrest High School in Queens.

After teaching middle school in suburban NJ, he joined Bamberger’s as an assistant book buyer in 1976.  From there his career in the book business has included stops at Sher Distributing, Waldenbooks, Berkley-Putnam, Simon & Schuster, Barnes and Noble and most recently Baker & Taylor. While venturing out from the world of books with a couple of starts up (Egghead Discount Software and Blue Tulip) and a turn-around (Lechter’s) outside of the world of books, David always came home to the business that is in his blood.

He and his bride, Lynn, now back in publishing at Kensington after 12 years off to raise 5 children, reside in Princeton, NJ.  Their children, Blaine, Brisa, Meg, Mei Li and Drew, ages 17-30, are at various stages of their careers and education and it seems as if the nest is never quite empty. We had the opportunity to pick David’s brain about his role at Baker & Taylor, his favorite books and life lessons he’s picked up along the way… Read on!

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Facilitating and watching people connect, brainstorm, plan and execute together, succeeding in a way that no one could have done individually.

What was the first book you ever read?

Stuart Little by EB White.

What are you reading right now?

I’m re-reading The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. My dad was a part of that greatest generation; he landed troops on the beaches on D Day. I also just finished a new short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates, Dis Mem Ber. Don’t read it before bed time, though. Nightmares are guaranteed if you do!

eBooks or traditional books?

There were not ebooks in 1960, so I’d say traditional books.

All-time favorite movie? 

Chariots of Fire. Everything about it—the score, the cinematography and the story line—is inspiring!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the beginning of your career, what would it be?

Listen more, speak less. Be more, do less.

 

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Visit Us at ALA Annual!

_MG_2619.jpgNo rest for the bookish during trade show season. Next up: ALA Annual in Chicago starting tomorrow, June 22, until June 27. Baker & Taylor has a jam-packed schedule of author signings, panels and giveaways. We’ll be at Booth #2218!

Author Signings

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Friday, June 23 at 6 p.m. – E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Sunday, June 25 at 11 a.m. – Marie Lu, Warcross
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Sunday, June 25 at 12:30 p.m. – Chris Appelhans (Illustrator), A Grayhound, A Groundhog
A tongue-twister picture book by the award-winning author of Toys Meet Snow and the award-winning illustrator of Sparky! follows the whimsical wordplay that ensues when a greyhound and a groundhog meet.

Monday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m. – Dianne De Las Casas, Captain Deadeye
Dianne de Las Casas’ newest book co-authored with John Couret is Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark, illustrated by the talented Stefan Jolet. It is the first part of an anti-bully pirate chapter book series!

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Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. – Executive Perspectives Panel
Follett Chairman Todd Litzsinger is participating on the Executive Perspectives Panel at McCormick Place W185BC.

Sunday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m. – How to Move the Needle on Diversity: An Idea Huddle with We Need Diverse Books and Kirkus Reviews

In August, Baker & Taylor will be launching a partnership with Kirkus Reviews on a promotion of a collection of curated diversity centered titles. They will be teasing this launch in our booth with signage and collateral and a Diversity Huddle on Sunday. Presenters include Dhonielle Clayton, COO and Senior VP of Librarian Services of We Need Diverse Books and Meg Kuehn, CEO of Kirkus Reviews. The session will be moderated by Vicky Smith, the Children’s and Teen Editor of Kirkus Reviews.

Booth Activities

Win a 32GB Kindle Fire HD 8! – Tell us a few things about your library’s eContent services and receive a stuffed Baker or Taylor plush cat as a thank you. Plus, be entered to win a 32GB Kindle Fire HD 8!

Youth Media Award Posters – Stop by to pick up Youth Media Award posters, while supplies last.

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Take a pic with Baker and Taylor! – Our beloved cat mascots will be out and about during ALA at these times:

  • Friday, June 23 ~ 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 24 ~ 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25 ~ 10 a.m.

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Axis 360 Minute Clinic! – It’s time for your annual checkup! The Axis 360 Doctors are in town to help librarians improve their Axis presence and check up on your Axis 360 Digital Collection. For your prescription—or clean bill of health—visit your Relationship Manager.

See you there!

Title Source 360 Tips & Tricks

Learning curves stink. Mastering new technology can be frustrating, but don’t throw your computer out the window yet. Librarians, this one is for you! Let’s take a few minutes to dig deeper into Title Source 360 and learn some new tips and tricks for ordering.

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Maximize the accuracy of your search results using the “Advanced Search” feature.

Using the Begins With, Contains, Ends With and Exact refiners will initiate a keyword search and give you more exact search results, saving you precious time.

If you are entering multiple search queries, try using the AND, OR or NOT search terms.

An asterisk (*) is a multiple character wildcard. A question mark is a wildcard that signifies a one-character variable. For example, L?S yields titles containing both Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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Real Librarians of Axis 360

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes when you checkout a book from your local library. Most of that work comes down to one person: the librarian.

This week we talked to Phyllis Nelson, a librarian at Porter County Public Library in Indiana, about her experiences with Axis 360, her love of reading and her 22 years of being a librarian. Learn a little bit more about our tireless librarians behind the scenes with this interview…

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MEET PHYLLIS NELSON
Porter County Public Library

About Me: I have been a librarian for 22 years. I have been at the Porter County Public Library for 18 years. I got my MLS degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1995.

My librarian tagline: Go Anywhere. Learn Anything. Read Every Day.

My favorite place to read: Curled up on the couch at home. Having a cup of tea beside me is a must!

Besides reading, what I like to do for fun is: Go hiking, biking, or spend time gardening. I also love to travel and see new places. I have been to Canada, Europe, and all fifty states. I’m looking forward to more exploring!

Author who has most influenced me: Stephen Ambrose. His love of American history has inspired me to learn more and travel more.

Something cool our library offers that the public might not be aware of: Wifi hotspots! We just started circulating these a couple of months ago. I have a feeling their popularity is only going to grow!

What is the key to inspiring the love of reading?: Don’t judge or criticize what someone else is reading. When I was young, my parents never told me, “You shouldn’t read that” or “You can’t read that.” I have fond memories of my Mom dropping me off at our hometown library on her way to buy groceries. She would stop back an hour later and pick me up. Her first question was always, “What did you find this week?” I was always encouraged to read.

The thing I love most about Axis 360: The customer support and the wide selection of ebooks. Our patrons are very happy with their choices!

Thank a librarian today!

Want to learn more about Axis 360? Visit our website here or contact your local library to starting reading!

Start Spreadin’ the News… BEA is here!

Today’s the day—BookExpo America kicks off today, May 31, in New York City! As you scramble through the maze of booths and jump from sessions to book signings, don’t forget to stop by and visit the Baker & Taylor team. We’ll be at booth #503 through Friday offering demonstrations and invaluable information about our latest product updates. And, of course, handing out cat bags!

Learn more about how we decided on our special commemorative cat bags this year in this blog post celebrating Baker’s 35th birthday.

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And don’t miss the Publishers Weekly Librarians’ Lounge…

All day tomorrow and Friday, visit us at the Publishers Weekly Librarians’ Lounge at booth #805 for giveaways, refreshments, charging stations, events and much more. Baker & Taylor is a proud presenting sponsor of the librarians’ lounge this year; we hope you enjoy!

Author Spotlight: Jess Keating

5-23-2017 11-51-22 AMAuthor and animal lover Jess Keating knew from the start that she wanted to tell Eugenie Clark’s story. Clark grew up as the only biracial student in her class in 1930s New York and became a world-renowned ichthyologist who worked to improve the reputation of sharks. Having been trained as a zoologist, Keating understood how challenging it was for women to become scientists. In her book Shark Lady (Jabberwocky (Sourcebooks), June 2017), Keating brings to life Clark’s dedication to studying sharks and pays tribute to Clark’s courage and passion.

Read on for an in-depth interview with Jess Keating about her inspiration for the story, the research behind the scenes and more.

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Dear Congress, Libraries are important!

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Why are libraries so essential? To touch on every aspect of libraries’ importance, we’d be here all day. In short, libraries are business-building, job-creating, workforce-preparing engines of the U.S. economy, and America needs them to thrive. That’s why it is so necessary to advocate for federal library funding as Congress prepares the 2018 fiscal year budget.

Today, Baker & Taylor, along with a handful of other American businesses, unveiled the Corporate Committee for Library Investment, an ad hoc group of companies conceived by Gale, a Cengage company, and the American Library Association. Their goal? To educate Congress and other federal policymakers about the tremendous value of libraries for all kinds of American businesses and taxpayers in an effort to maximize federal library funding.

Now more than ever, America’s public libraries are reaching deep into all facets of the communities they serve offering patrons vital services that are having a profound impact on their lives.
David Cully, President, Baker & Taylor

To start, the CCLI delivered a letter signed by businesses of all sizes today to all members of Senate that outlines the importance of libraries and asks senators to urge their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to save library funding—$186.6 million under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program (IAL), to be exact.

Baker & Taylor has long been committed to supporting communities through literacy. Without libraries, we can’t do that.

To learn more about the CCLI’s mission to save federal library funding, visit their website at www.fundlibraries.com.