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!

 

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Checking In On Kirkus Diversity Collections

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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?

You may remember in September, we introduced our new Kirkus Diversity Collections on the blog. These collections give libraries the opportunity to become more inclusive, and with Title Source 360, librarians are able to order diverse books with ease thanks to our curated lists.

Since then, we’ve seen tremendous progress with this initiative. The lists have been viewed nearly 10,000 times, reaching thousands of libraries across the country.

More than ever, it’s important to share a diversity of cultures, beliefs, identities, races and beyond in a library’s collection. It’s important that patrons can read stories from all voices.

Public libraries support their communities by providing materials that reflect their own patrons, and depict others, requiring an ongoing focus on diversity.

Aman Kochar, Executive Vice President of Digital Content, Software Products, Services & Sales

So what now?

Log in to Title Source 360 and browse Kirkus’ diversity collections. From here, you’ll be able to move the titles you’d like to add to your library into your shopping cart. You can also sort and filter these titles to weed out any duplicates just as you would for any other order from Baker & Taylor.

Then, don’t forget to tell your patrons that your library is now carrying more diverse books! We’ve created a “My Library. All Voices.” campaign kit that makes it easy to spread the good news, attract new cardholders and excite current ones. You can find all of our free materials for community outreach on the Kirkus website here.

Browse our diversity collections today on Title Source 360!

 

Publisher Spotlight: Catherine Treadgold & Jennifer McCord

pubspotlight-cathjennCoffeetown Press was created in 2005 to publish a few academic titles. Since then, titles have grown to include cozy mysteries, memoirs, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Based in Seattle, Coffeetown Press also has an imprint, Camel Press, a self-described “feisty little publisher” that publishes the books “that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.” Specifically, Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, fantasy and horror. Forecast, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog for the best new releases, spoke with Coffeetown Press publisher, Catherine Treadgold, and Jennifer McCord, associate publisher and executive editor.

Tell us about Coffeetown Press’ beginnings.

(The owner) proposed to long-time family friend Hazel Holt—a colleague and biographer of Barbara Pym, and renowned writer of British cozies—that she reprint her fi rst four mysteries with Coffeetown. At that point there was only one imprint, Coffeetown Press. Hazel later reprinted the next three mysteries in that series with us and several of the early Barbara Pym titles for which she inherited the rights. Her son, Tom Holt, reprinted his two Lucia novels with us, Lucia in Wartime and Lucia Triumphant.

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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.

One Year of Blogging!

Today on the Baker & Taylor blog we’re celebrating one year since we kicked off this project to connect with public librarians across the globe.

Notes in the Margin was started to serve as a new resource for librarians. From author spotlights to book suggestions to free marketing materials, we’ve spent the year trying to make the lives of librarians easier. And we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

To celebrate this blog anniversary, we’re rounding up our favorite posts of the past year from each month. Enjoy!

 

MARCH 2017

Get re-acquainted with Jill Blades, a sales representative with Baker & Taylor and a book lover.

 

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APRIL 2017

Learn more about our mascots, Baker and Taylor, two cats that lived in Nevada library. 

MAY 2017

Why are libraries so essential? And why we did we, as a Company, advocate for public library federal funding?

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New Year, New Book: Upcoming Releases We Can’t Wait to Read

From the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great year for readers. To help stock your library’s shelves for the coming year, we’ve compiled a list of highly-anticipated books and when they’ll be released.

January

Carnegie’s Maid | Marie Benedict (Jan. 16)

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

Brave | Rose McGowan (Jan. 30)

BRAVE is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

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It’s University Press Week!

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This week marks University Press Week, a celebration of university presses and all of their accomplishments over the past year.

University Press Week, or UP Week, was first announced in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter created the week in an effort to recognize university presses’ impact on culture and scholarship across the globe. Hosted by the American Association of University Press (AAUP), UP Week’s inaugural event was in 2012, and has explored topics of community, innovation, truth and more in each annual event since.

As each year passes, it is clear how important university presses are to the reading ecosystem. From historical books to business guides to biographies, UPs are essential for libraries and the patrons they serve. They publish titles that may have not been published otherwise—contributing to the diverse literary market and offering invaluable research. The value of university presses is immense.

This year university presses have stepped up to the challenge of a transitional publishing environment by continuing to publish excellent trade and scholarly books.

Baker & Taylor is honored to have university presses as publishing partners and we look forward to continuing to support their publishing efforts in the future.

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Check out our special microsite dedicated to University Press Week here!

Author Spotlight: Ryan T. Higgins

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Bruce the bear is on the move. Ryan T. Higgins, author and illustrator of the popular Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce picture books, has written a sequel featuring the beloved, curmudgeonly bear and his unlikely brood. In Bruce’s Big Move (Disney-Hyperion (Disney Book Group), September 2017), Bruce’s house has become crowded, so Bruce sets off to find a new home for himself and the four geese that call him Mom. But things don’t turn out as expected. Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Higgins about his hilarious new book.

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Resources Built For Librarians: Microsites

Helping libraries thrive is one of our core goals at Baker & Taylor. One way we do that is by providing librarians with countless resources so they can make the best use of their time and resources. We curate lists, create free marketing materials, publish digital catalogs, distribute newsletters and much more. Today, we’re talking about our microsites—essentially a miniature website, built by us, that is focused on a particular genre or theme.

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These sites make it easier for librarians to narrow down their searches. Looking to build out your essential backlist titles? We have a site for that. Or maybe you’re hoping to discover new authors. We’ve got you covered there too. We’re constantly updating over 20 microsites, providing librarians like you with fresh material that will simplify collection development.

As a bonus, you’re able to add titles directly to your cart and then, once you’re ready, purchase from Title Source, our trusted ordering platform.

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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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