Pop Up Library Launched into UK Market

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We are excited to be expanding the reach of Pop Up Library into the United Kingdom. Customers who attended the collectionHQ Forum in London on September 25th were the first UK libraries to witness the power of Pop Up Library, with a special presentation from Kelvin Watson of Broward County Libraries Division, FL, where devices have been installed at locations across the community – including the Fort Lauderdale International Airport!

Sales of Pop Up Library in the UK will be managed by Jamie Wright, Account Manager with collectionHQ, who has already reported strong interest from libraries and local transport companies in the devices which offer instant access to the library’s collection from any location.

Scott Crawford, Vice President Digital & Software Products at Baker & Taylor, commented: “The UK is the longest serving collectionHQ market, and so partnering with the team in Glasgow to drive interest in Pop Up Library is invaluable and paves the way for further synergy between collectionHQ and the wider Baker & Taylor team.”

This team effort is also integral to the development of Enhanced Title Selection (ETS). ETS will facilitate more sales of ESP Enterprise and support the continued provision of a wide range of value-added services to Baker & Taylor customers by integrating collectionHQ, ESP, First Look and CDMS to offer the Collection Development team, led by Martin Warzala, a powerful new tool to support more efficient, evidence-based purchasing decisions.

We’re excited to work with you! For more information contact your sales consultant, email btinfo@baker-taylor.com or call 800-775-1800.

 

Powering Libraries and Empowering Communities

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Kelvin Watson, director, Broward County 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 Kelvin Watson, director at Broward County Library, (Broward County, Florida) who is making great strides in launching creative initiatives to better connect with his patrons and the community.

With the help of Baker & Taylor’s Community Sharing Program and new Pop Up Library, Broward County is bringing awareness of the library and extending their reach in the community. Their strong partnership with B&T has given the library the opportunity to better engage and evolve while adapting to the changing  needs of the communities they serve.

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

After Kelvin Watson’s family finished watching the 1984 miniseries Master of the Game, the St. Louis, Missouri, native marched right to the nearest library, checked out the Sydney Sheldon novel it was based on, and read that 400-page book cover to cover. He was 8 years old.

“I felt very accomplished. That thing was bigger than me!” says Watson, who vividly remembers the experience 42 years later. “Reading that book made me recognize that what you check out from the library can transport you to the places you read about—I was transported to the diamond mines of Africa—and it didn’t deter me from checking out other books after that.”

Watson remained a voracious reader through middle school, college, and officer training. He served as a commissioned officer in the Army and worked in leadership roles in sales and marketing, for Ingram Book Group and Borders Group, Inc., before pivoting to a decorated career in public library service. Eighteen months ago, he transitioned from director of e-content services and strategy at Queens Library in New York City to the highest administrative position at the 11th-largest public library in the nation: director of Broward County Libraries in southern Florida.

“The theme we’ve embraced over the past year and a half is ‘inviting the uninvited,’ ” says Watson, who is one of two recently named directors at large of the Public Library Association. “The greatest value we can give the community is continuing to launch initiatives for everybody, even those who can’t, for whatever reason, make it to our physical locations.

Read full article on Kirkus Reviews’ website here.

Visit Us at ALA Annual! Booth # 2333

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No rest for the bookish during trade show season. ALA Annual is on the horizon and being hosted this year in our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. starting June 21, – June 24. Visit our ALA Campaign Headquarters at Booth #2333 to explore and experience all of our Baker & Taylor campaign fun. We are proud to be Believers in Books and Leaders in Literacy as we have remained dedicated to supporting librarians to lead the future of literacy and learning since 1828.  

We have a jam-packed exciting schedule lined up with several author signings and booth activities including a coffee bar, popcorn station, photo booth and cat mascot photos with our beloved Baker and Taylor. And if that isn’t enough to get you in the spirit, you must stop by and pick up your special edition commemorative giveaways to celebrate this occasion. 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 ALA site now!

 

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Baker & Taylor Offers Libraries Career Skill-Building Courses

PF LogoNew career skills training courses within the Axis 360 digital platform provides library patrons access to invaluable career training. Baker & Taylor’s online courses, powered by Penn Foster, prepare online learners for in-demand jobs and ensure industry advancement and career mobility.

The career field has changed in America—digital skills are in high demand and computer literacy is necessary. For more than 128 years, Penn Foster, an accredited online school, has empowered millions of students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workplace of today. These courses are an extension of that mission, and a way for libraries to offer patrons more.

Mid-Continent Public Library is one of the first customers to launch the program within their library system, which reaches more than 800,000 citizens in the Greater Kansas City area. “Library customers are increasingly turning to the library as a resource to ‘upskill’ and gain the tools to compete in the ever-changing economy,” said Steven V. Potter, executive director of Mid-Continent.

Libraries play a critical role in fostering a community of lifelong learners, and Baker & Taylor helps libraries achieve greater engagement through programs like this. “As our customers increasingly pursue self-driven employment opportunities, including gig economy work and even traditional skilled labor expertise,” Potter added, “this new partnership will provide unprecedented access to mobile-friendly, self-paced learning opportunities designed for working learners and focused on today’s most in-demand skills.”

These courses, provided on the Axis 360 digital platform (also home to ebooks and audiobooks), are self-paced and designed for nontraditional learners; they include digital literacy, career-oriented math, and adult literacy, and offer more than 700 full-time proctors, teaching assistants and academic coaches.

“By helping public libraries provide seamless access to skills training for the most in-demand jobs, we are creating new opportunities for career mobility that can be accessed by the individuals who need it most,” said Amandeep Kochar, executive vice president of Public Library Sales and Technology at Baker & Taylor. “One of the primary goals of our library partners is to help patrons succeed in their careers by fostering an environment of lifelong learning.”

We’re excited to work with you! For more information contact your sales consultant, email btinfo@baker-taylor.com or call 800-775-1800.

 

Pop Up Libraries Create Easy Access and Deliver Digital Reading Anywhere

bandt-0354 pop up library logo cmykOne book has the power to positively change someone’s life. Now imagine hundreds of books, delivered to readers anywhere with no barriers. That’s the power of Pop Up Library, Baker & Taylor’s newest tools for getting more books to more readers.

Pop Up Library is a small network device with one dedicated purpose—to instantly deliver ebooks to readers wherever libraries choose. Libraries that use Pop Up Library are able to extend the reach of their digital collection across the community so material is accessible to all. By working with community partners, businesses, government offices, and more, Pop Up Library creates a space for readers anywhere.

“This is brand new technology in the library market space,” says Michael Bills, director of sales and marketing for Baker & Taylor’s digital products. “Every library wants to engage with more of their community, but libraries don’t have limitless funding. Pop Up Library is a low cost way to achieve greater engagement and create a larger presence in a library’s community.”

For years, libraries have come up with inventive ideas to reach more individuals within their communities. Bookmobiles, temporary branch locations, and book vending machines have all been employed with great success, but each requires significant capital investment. No other remote library program is as affordable and spotlights a library’s digital collection quite like Pop Up Library.

A group of libraries around the world worked with Baker & Taylor as early adopters of the Pop Up Library program, including Atlanta-Fulton County, Broward County, and Evanston Public Library. Baker & Taylor officially launched the Pop Up Library program at the ALA’s Midwinter Conference in Seattle this January, and demand from libraries everywhere was immediate.

“One of the reasons we’re a 200-year-old company is that we listen to the customers we serve, and we provide products and services that will help them be successful,” adds Bills. “The central role that libraries play in boosting literacy is one of the greatest accomplishments of the institution. We’re proud to be helping libraries achieve this calling.”

Here are five questions (and answers) about this unique and innovative program:

  1. How does it work? A library partners with a local business or government organization in its community (like a coffee shop or a hospital waiting room) and sets up an easy-to-use Wi-Fi hotspot in that location. When individuals join the free Wi-Fi network branded with the library’s logo, they’ll be given instant access to the library’s digital collection through Axis 360.
  2. What’s required for users? Absolutely nothing. No no app downloading is required to access eBooks from a Pop Up Library location. Use a smart phone device or computer to connect for free and begin reading directly within the browser; readers can even save the book for later within the browser’s cache during the duration of the library’s check out period.
  3. How does Pop Up Library foster awareness for the library? When browsing the Pop Up Library system, a message will appear for readers encouraging them to sign up for a library card and check out the other resources their local library has to offer. Baker & Taylor will also provide marketing materials to help inform the public about Pop Up Libraries.
  4. What is the benefit for libraries? For years, libraries have tried introducing new ways of engagement, even with limited funding resources. With Pop Up Library, more patrons are introduced to the library thus increasing circulation and membership numbers. And of course, fostering a community full of lifelong readers is the ultimate goal of any library. Pop Up Library helps push that mission forward.
  5. Where do I sign up? For libraries interested in getting more information, contact your sales representative through Baker & Taylor.

 

We’re excited to work with you! For more information contact your sales consultant, email btinfo@baker-taylor.com or call 800-775-1800.

 

Español- Spanish Language Services from Baker & Taylor

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Baker & Taylor has been empowering libraries since 1828 with the industry’s best products and services. Among many of our programs, you can also always depend on your trusted library partner for Spanish language materials and services. From collection development to leading technical services, ebooks to notification programs, we deliver Spanish language titles with services that simplify ordering and save your staff time. Take a look into our suite of services and further discover what all we have to offer!

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Selection Lists
Within our state-of-the-art collection management and acquisition platform, Title Source 360, there is a wealth of Spanish language selection lists available. With a focus on both current and forthcoming titles, it’s easy to find the titles your patrons want to read.
Auto Ship Programs Need to simplify your collection development workflow for Spanish materials? Depend on our specially-monitored automatic shipment programs to deliver the titles you need on time to your library.

Paperback Parade
Baker & Taylor’s Paperback Parade program provides a monthly shipment of new and recently published popular titles in trade paperback. Music Parade provides a monthly
shipment of new Latin music CDs.

Notification Programs                                                                                                    FirstLook™ Custom notification services from Baker & Taylor delivers individually-tailored selection carts for your Spanish Language materials needs via Title Source 360. You determine the profiles and carts you need, as well as a schedule for delivery. Depend on our team of professional librarians and merchandising specialists to deliver the high-visibility new and forthcoming Spanish language titles you need.

CHILDREN’S AND TEEN SERVICES

As a leader in Children’s and Teen Services (CATS), Baker & Taylor has robust programs designed to support Children’s Librarians and the readers they serve. Our CATS team provides collection development services designed with the young and teen reader in mind, including selection lists for Spanish and bi-lingual language titles.                                                                                                                                                                                        Kirkus Collections
Baker & Taylor is proud to partner with Kirkus Reviews for Kirkus Collections. This unique program brings the review expertise of Kirkus to selection lists exclusively available through Baker & Taylor. The editors and reviewers of the vaunted Kirkus Reviews identify diverse books that meet their rigorous standards of quality and literary
merit. They group the books in thematic lists within categories, offering rich context for recommendations. Baker & Taylor then makes the curated collections available on Title Source 360. Several featured lists include Latinx themes.

CATALOGING AND PROCESSING

Baker & Taylor offers libraries a full range of cataloging and processing options and services. We know every library has different needs so our approach is personal. We will work with you to fully understand and meet your requirements for Spanish Language and bilingual titles. We can deliver all your materials cataloged and processed — and get them into your hands quickly — improving circulation and easing staff workloads.

EBOOK AND DIGITAL AUDIO

Axis 360 Digital Media Library from Baker & Taylor is our comprehensive ebook and digital audiobook lending platform. Featuring state of the art technology and integration with Baker & Taylor’s Title Source 360 ordering platform, librarians can order digital Spanish language content with ease. And with the Axis 360 app readers can enjoy their favorite titles on the go. Users can enjoy titles across computers, laptops, tablets and
smartphones.

LEASE PROGRAMS

Convenient and economical, Baker & Taylor’s book leasing plans increase the number of titles you have in circulation and satisfy patron demand for the hottest titles. Our Spanish language lease plans offer flexibility to meet reader requests while saving time and administrative dollars.

 

We can’t wait to hear from you! For more information contact your sales consultant, email btinfo@baker-taylor.com or call 800-775-1800.

 

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.

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