of libraries are also the heaviest book buyers. Libraries aren’t just
great customers in and of themselves, they also represent your
greatest customers. Are you engaging fully with the library community? Are you asking the right questions? A good conversation
with a librarian can yield valuable feedback not just for your
library sales team, but for your marketing and editorial departments, too. Just as with their patrons, librarians are happy to
share—all you have to do is ask.
The Librarians’ Lounge
Whether you need to just get off your feet, grab a drink, some
food, and recharge, or want to find some time to chat with
librarians, be sure to check out the Publishers Weekly
Librarians’ Lounge in the main exhibit hall, booth 875. Thanks
to our sponsors—Baker & Taylor; DK; Hachette; Harlequin;
Little, Brown Young Readers; Random House; Recorded
Books; Rowman & Littlefield; and Sourcebooks—this year’s
lounge figures to be our best yet.
On both days of the show, join librarians in the lounge for a
delicious lunch, courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield. And
Sourcebooks will be promoting its 30th anniversary by giving
away a collection of its top 30 titles.
On Thursday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 10: 30, Recorded Books
will again have some of its most popular audiobook narrators
circling the lounge, including Therese Plummer (the voice of
Robyn Carr), Johnny Heller (the voice of every genre), Jonathan
Check This Out
For librarians and publishers, BookExpo is the place to really connect
BY ANDREW RICHARD ALBANESE
No question, BookExpo has over the years become a popular, important show for librar- ians. Although, as many librarians no doubt still recall, that wasn’t always the case. “Years back, for a librarian to attend
BookExpo [then known as ABA, or the Annual Convention and
Trade Exhibit of the American Booksellers Association], it was
practically a political act,” says PW columnist Brian Kenney,
director of the White Plains (N. Y.) Public Library. “It took a few
years of librarian advocacy and a changing bookselling landscape,
but today librarians aren’t just welcome at BookExpo, we are even
occasionally feted. Which is great, because it allows us to focus
on what BookExpo is all about—books and their potential
In an age of continuous digital change, BookExpo is evolving.
But it remains a vital conference for librarians—perhaps, given
our digital, and political, realities, more vital then ever. The
bedrock of BookExpo’s popularity with librarians is connecting
with books and authors; the show is a crucial opportunity for
librarians to learn about the titles their patrons will be clamoring
for in the coming months. But it can—and should—be much
more than that.
As Kenney notes, libraries and publishers share a common
mission—serving readers. Yet outside of the major library
shows (and occasional marketing and sales calls), how often do
librarians and publishers get the chance to really dialogue—
about both the mission they have in common, and the issues
and practices where they might do better?
Librarians and publishers: don’t miss your chance to connect
at BookExpo 2017. Librarians, how are e-books working in your
library? Are you still struggling with high prices or lending
restrictions? Have you spotted any trends emerging among your
patrons? Anything your patrons are constantly asking for, or
new resources you really need? Have any ideas or insights?
Publishers, are you making the most of the opportunities
libraries offer? Recent studies have shown that the heaviest users
The PW Librarians’ Lounge will feature food, drinks, and a strong program for librarians in the main exhibit hall, booth 875.