According to BISG, libraries will spend over $1.8 billion on books in 2008. Buying for a library is quite different from buying for retail. No sales reps call on librarians and they do not return books, so they have to select carefully.
In this podcast episode – How Libraries Buy: Librarians Reveal Their Methods for Collection Development – a panel of librarians discuss how they determine the needs of their communities, what sources of information they use to identify titles and how publishers can best reach them.
Moderated by EarlyWord.com founder Nora Rawlinson, this panel included Laura Lent, Collection Development Manager of the San Francisco Public Library; Gail Mueller-Schultz, Principal Librarian in Hennepin County Library’s Collection Management Services Department; and Kathleen Sullivan, Collection Development Coordinator at the Phoenix Public Library.