Thursday, March 22, 2012

In the City of Library Love, PLA 2012

What do you get when you take publishers, audio companies, software providers, library service companies and put them all in a room with hundreds of excited librarians? The 2012 Public Library Association Conference!
                  The B-Logistics team spent last week exhibiting at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia, and had a great time! We attended a lovely reception held by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) where we chatted with their staff and told them how excited we are to be Silver sponsors again.  Here we also had the opportunity to meet and chat with the American Library Association’s executive director, Keith Michael Fiels. These groups provide vital support to libraries, and B-Logistics is so pleased to be working with them to better serve libraries across the country!
                  During the conference we saw librarians from many of our current clients, from New York Public Library to the Gail Borden Public Library from Elgin, IL. We also enjoyed meeting staff from hundreds of new libraries, and discussing their collections management issues. Each library has a unique situation, and PLA 2012 reminded us of this. Some are undergoing large weeding projects which create huge (but anticipated) inventories of excess materials, while others are struggling to handle the large amounts of donations that come from their generous community. Another situation that is unique to each library is its partnership with its Friends of the Library group. Some libraries give all of their discards to their Friends for sales, and some Friends sell only donated books. No matter the relationship, B-Logistics wants to work with every library and FOL to sell, recycle, and donate their excess materials!
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