Continuing to Power Libraries and Empower Communities

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Andrew Chanse, executive director, Spokane Public Library

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 CommunitiesKirkus 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.

 

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

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.”

Read full article on Kirkus Reviews’ website here.

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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.

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Can Reading Make You Wealthy?

Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor’s Executive Vice President of Public Library Sales and Technology, recently contributed to MDR’s Education blog to discuss how we can counter the Matthew Effect and other influences when it comes to literacy’s life-changing ability.

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Here are his findings, originally published on MDReducation.com:

At the beginning of every new year, with a renewed sense of purpose we feel resolute and have countless discussions about improving our physical fitness, adopting healthier habits, and embracing regular exercise plans. It’s important, however, to not forget cerebral health and the importance of ensuring healthy cognitive habits and getting proper food for thought, so to speak.

But changing habits can be hard, whether it’s eating more vegetables or making more time for reading.

When it comes to reading, there’s significant evidence showing it is more difficult for some children to change habits after the third grade and improve their skills, leading to a vicious circle of frustration and ultimately resulting in school dropouts. Research also illustrates how these children who struggle with reading become further and further behind their peers, permanently limiting their future opportunity.

Read the full article on MDR’s website here.

Community Sharing: Learn more at our TLA session on April 21!

The Texas Library Association, TLA, annual conference is just one week away. As you pack your bags for San Antonio, don’t forget to save space on your schedule for an interactive session about Community Sharing hosted by Houston Public Library, Baker & Taylor and Follett.communityshare

Two heads are better than one. This tried and true piece of wisdom is the basis for Baker & Taylor and Follett’s groundbreaking Community Sharing program. This program gives new life to the way libraries circulate digital content by connecting communities with the schools they serve through the simple art of sharing. When public and school libraries work together, good things happen.

Houston Public Library is one system that saw all the good Community Sharing can do in action. They’ll share their experience with the program and how it has and will impact their community at the session. Presenters from Houston Public Library, Follett and Baker & Taylor will lead the session on Friday, April 21 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in room 205 of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. RSVP below!

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