An Indie State of Mind
My article for Marketing Library Services about Books on Tap, my library-sponsored book club in bar, is up. Enjoy!
Food for thought, dear friends. A good post from @wawoodworth worthy of the discussion it is sure to provoke.
It is with unprecedented glee and perverse excitement that I spread the word about book discovery program LibraryReads. Launching this fall and officially billed as a “nationwide library staff picks list,” it calls on professional librarians of all tastes to nominate favorite new adult titles at libraryreads.org (live as of noon today).
The ten most voted-for contenders will then be publicized in libraries and other media, including Cloud Unbound and my weekly Top New Releases spreadsheets. Confession: as a metadata nerd, I want publishers to include a field in their ONIX feeds indicating if a book has become a LibraryRead.
As Meredith Schwartz relates in her excellent story on the launch, LibraryReads started back in 2011 (and, in a way, before that at Tools of Change and Digital Book World conferences, where I observed panelists and attendees talking about the shared missions of indie bookstores and libraries). In my former life as Book Review Editor of Library Journal, I offered input; as a marketer for 3M Cloud Library, I will do the same as well as bolster buzz.
Books from all adult genres and categories are welcome. The list is focusing on adult titles, the LibraryReads FAQ says, because libraries’ role in promoting new titles and authors is less well established there than in children’s books. However, says [Robin] Nesbitt, “if this thing takes off like a house afire, then we start saying, ‘how do we branch out?’” As part of such an expansion, adding a kids or YA list could happen down the road.
Support this discovery opportunity that is being supported by the American Booksellers Association and Cloud publishing partners HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Other Press, Penguin Group (USA), Quercus Publishing, Random House, and Workman Publishing by doing what you do already: reading and talking about the books you love.
More on LibraryReads!
Woot!! So excited about this!
Check out my dining & entertainment guide for #ALA13 in Chicago in School Library Journal! I guarantee good food and drinks. I won’t lead you astray.
When I first found out I would be doing a three hour presentation for the Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI) on technology in libraries with Richard Kong and Toby Greenwalt , I thought…
Up on the blog: (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about technology in libraries - our presentation from Wednesday, continued. Check it out!
Happy Friday, everyone! Even if some of us have to work this weekend… ahem . Either way, here are some recent happenings: The Circulating Ideas Kickstarter is a success! I’m so excited for Steve…
Up on the blog. Check it out!
Patrons of Northbrook Public Library will soon see technology updates, including a 3D printer and a digital station with Macintosh computers and advanced software. The library committee decided to…
Did you hear the news? We have some really awesome new technology coming to the library!
I’m so proud of my library. We have some really exciting things in the works.