Posted by admin on 09.16.2008 at 2:29 pm
Library Journal, the most respected of periodicals about the business of libraries just posted an article on LibraryJournal.com called “Green Weeding: promoting eco-friendly options for library discards.” Within the article, check out the following:
…and Better World Books (whose Dustin Holland was a 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker) are two of today’s most popular discard solutions. Both help libraries make the most of the marketing principles of the long tail, as coined by Wired magazine’s Chris Anderson, wherein obscure titles are able to find a larger audience owing to the efficiencies of e-commerce.
…contributors to Better World Books are pleased with the results. “The Brooklyn Public Library sees a real value in this relationship and has been more than happy with the revenues it generates,” over $155,000 since 2005, says Barbara Genco, director of collection development. Western Kentucky University Libraries, Bowling Green, succeeded in building a $200 Alibris credit over a two-year period. Southwestern University earned $300 with Better World Books during the 2006–07 academic year.
Thanks, Library Journal! We do our best to bring libraries the best value while providing a much needed service.
Posted by admin on 07.05.2008 at 9:50 am
For those who were there, you caught the Better World Books team making quite the splash at the recent annual meeting of our nation’s librarians and library professionals. For those who weren’t, you missed a rare opportunity to see us at our best, relaxed and basking in the glow of the best jobs in the world: taking books which were either donated to or discarded by libraries and creating opportunities for literacy and success on nearly every continent of our small globe.
(L-R, standing: Phil Sorberg, Client Support; Christopher Johnson, Director, Community Outreach; Rudy Reyes Jr., Director, Sales and ARC; Dustin Holland, Vice President; Walter Sears, Director, Library Services; kneeling: Christian Blue and Jacob Fu, Account Representatives.)
We enjoyed seeing so many of our old friends and meeting some new ones. We also bumped into a number of our closest collaborators including Emily Kirkpatrick, Sr. Vice President at the National Center for Family Literacy. She insisted on getting a photo that she could put on her desk — we take no responsibility for the office rivalry that is sure to ensue.
Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello. We look forward to seeing you next year (theme to-be-determined; suggestions welcomed)!
Have your say » | Tagged Uncategorized, ALA, American Library Association, anaheim, ARC, california, library
Posted by admin on 05.14.2008 at 9:10 am
So with the spring season upon us and the weather getting better, I’ve definitely been trying to find any opportunity to enjoy the sun. Just a couple months ago, the Better World Books Alpharetta Office decided to start a Softball Team for our complex league. With a game practically every week through August, it has been a great excuse to get outside.
Our Better World Books banner in Left Field.
Our First Baseman, A.King focused on the coming game.
I’ve also started running again and just started picking up biking. What outdoor activities are you involved with? And do you have suggestions for anything else that will get me outside?
Have your say » | Tagged Uncategorized, library, softball
Posted by admin on 04.24.2008 at 11:12 am
OK, so it’s not ACTUALLY anything of the sort, but at this link you will find centerfolds… of the most spectacular libraries in the world. As someone who lived in Europe and saw some of the ones on the list, let me tell you, they are nothing short of spectacular. More info about where the pics are from over there.
Have your say » | Tagged Uncategorized, library, photos
Posted by admin on 04.08.2008 at 8:50 am
From left to right: David Hoffman, Christian Blue, Chris Johnson, Walter Sears (center left), Tom Warth (center right), Jacob Fu, Pat Plonski and Dustin Holland.
I wanted to share a couple of highlights from the Library Division’s trip to Minneapolis to exhibit at the Public Library Association’s biannual conference. We tend to measure our impact on literacy through books donated or revenue raised and no doubt, that’s important. What was interesting about this week was the impact some of our key literacy partners had on us!
The 1st day we spent almost entirely with Tom Warth and Pat Plonski, the Founder and Executive Director respectively of Books For Africa. With their warehouse in St. Paul, we also had the good fortune of touring their facility later that evening. For Tom and Pat to take their time that weekend with the Better World Books crew, made a big impression on me. Two of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and you know exactly where their hearts are in terms of ending the book famine in Africa.
In keeping with our Non Profit Literacy Partner’s involvement in the conference, we kicked off the weekend by attending John Wood’s opening keynote address. This really helped me understand more in depth the business model that Room to Read employs. His speech clearly struck a chord with all who were in the room because the conference was buzzing all weekend with Room to Read’s cause. John was gracious enough to mention Better World Books’ support for his mission and that resulted in a firestorm of visitors to our booth to find out how their library can utilize our Library Discards & Donations Program to benefit Room to Read. Thanks John!
Thursday evening, after the exhibits closed, we were treated to the New Orleans Public Library’s Master Plan Party. We started off at the swank digs of Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle where we were given a taste of the vision and direction that the NOPL Foundation has taken in their efforts to ReBuild New Orleans Public Libraries. As MS&R’s spokesman touched on, there is a deeper relevance that exists in an architect located at the start of the Mississippi River, providing services to the rebuilding effort down at the mouth. It’s remarkable to think of it in that sense; the ability of one terrible event to engage a nation of people. People like Irvin Mayfield who sits on the board of NOPL’s Foundation and with a hot jazz trumpet and complementary band, encapsulates the rebirth of New Orleans. Following the presentation at MS&R, the Better World Books crew had the unique opportunity to attend Irvin’s live performance that night. He played a total of 3 nights in Minneapolis and all raised funding for the New Orleans Public Library.
Irvin Mayfield, Jazz Trumpeter
How about that! A summary of highlights from Minneapolis and not one mention of the Mall of America! Whoops!
Have your say » | Tagged Uncategorized, library, Our Partners
Posted by admin on 03.24.2008 at 1:40 pm
Well, I have not read any good books lately but I had a great story told to me by a potential LPTZ client. At their local county library directors meeting, a fellow director got up in front of their colleagues to RAVE about this new Discards & Donations program that she had been introduced to. The statement made was “Hey, the program is free, they pay for your shipping, and all you have to do is scan a book and they tell you immediately if they can use it or not!!! It’s as simple as that”.
She also stated how books usually sold for 25 cents at the libray book sale, but with our program she stood to make a quarter more per book and support literacy at the same time. This library director was so excited that the potential client telling me this story said that she went on, and on, and on; which lets me know that word of mouth still remains by far the best marketing tool! By the way, the supporter of our program has not even signed up yet but is this excited based on a good conversation. YOU CANNOT BEAT THAT!!!
Have your say » | Tagged Uncategorized, book drive, library
Posted by admin on 03.17.2008 at 1:50 pm
So if you haven’t noticed, the Library Division has grown a significant amount in the past few months. In fact, the entire Atlanta Office has really exploded and it’s been both exciting and overwhelming!
You can see the growth of the entire Atlanta Office in the Diagram below (keep in mind this does not include our massive warehouse in Indiana ).
Having more people down here has really made the day-to-day work much livelier. Just today, we had Fiesta Friday Potluck Lunch, which we would have never done before. We even started a team for the Office Complex Softball League!
More importantly, it’s really given us the opportunity to pay more attention to all of the libraries we partner with! It’s been such a significant change to have others to help manage all of our relationships and I hope that you all will benefit from that positive change.
On another note, anyone have any good stories from St. Patty’s Weekend?
Have your say » | Tagged Uncategorized, Atlanta, library
Posted by admin on 02.15.2008 at 12:42 pm
For those of you who care, and those of you who don’t, I am headed to Gainesville, FL for a relaxing weekend with my good friend and former colleague Patrick Kindregan. For those of you who do not know Patrick, he was the second employee of Better World Books Library Division, and he played an integral role in making the Discards & Donations Program the invaluable program that it is today. I would like to take this opportunity to ask all of you readers to post your favorite story about Patrick so that I may share them with him and his wife this weekend. Here’s mine:
It took place at the Charleston Acquisition Conference in 2006. We departed for Charleston , SC the morning the Conference began. We had given ourselves plenty of time to make the 6 hour drive, leaving time for a lunch break so that we didn’t eat all of the hors d’oeuvres during the Vendor Showcase. We decided to stop at one of those local grocers to grab a fresh made sandwich and some water for the Conference. Well, we all ordered our sandwiches, sat down to eat, and as Patrick bit into his sandwich…CRUNCH. We looked at him as his facial expressions changed from confused to a painful grimace; he had bitten into a toothpick that was holding his sandwich together! Once he collected himself, he looked at us, smiled, and to our surprise, he was missing half his front tooth! We laughed hysterically at our colleague’s misfortune for a few minutes, and then continued laughing for the remainder of the afternoon as we realized that he would have to work the Vendor Showcase in this condition. Needless to say, we made sure that every person that stopped to visit our table noticed Patrick’s dental disaster. Fortunately (unfortunately), he was able to get his tooth fixed the next morning, but not without some goodhearted heckling throughout the evening.
Post your favorite story as a comment to this post and I will make sure that it is relived this weekend!
*Because Presidents Day is not the official name of the federal holiday, there is variation in how it is rendered. Both Presidents Day and Presidents’ Day are today common, and both are considered correct by dictionaries and usage manuals.
Posted by admin on 02.11.2008 at 12:13 pm
I began my career with Better World Books at ALA Midwinter ’07. Without much in depth knowledge of our Library Discards & Donations Program I was thrown into the metaphorical library pool to sink or swim. Having recently returned from ALA Midwinter ’08 and reflecting on a full year of transition, change and overwhelming progress, I am filled with pride with how well I’ve stayed afloat. While I could go on and on about my own incredible competency (it’s review time so this forced arrogance is a result of having to justify ones existence or right to a pay increase, I’m not always like this), I can not ignore the amount of guidance, instruction, support and encouragement I have received from the stellar colleagues I have throughout the Better World Books family. This blog entry is a thank you to all of you for allowing me to be part of this incredible mission. I look forward to many more years at Better World Books!
Posted by admin on 01.21.2008 at 2:11 pm
A few of us from the Library Team were recently in Philadelphia for the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting. We had a great time high-fiving librarians, seeing our current clients, enjoying the ALA sponsored band, and meeting new libraries.
As usual, we had a tasting of the local cuisine. Christian and I even had a surprising run-in on our hotel elevator with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was in town promoting his most recent book On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance!
Doesn’t it look good??
Philadelphia was littered with sculptures throughout the city. You’re never quite sure what you will run into around the corner. At the base of one of the buildings, were HUGE board game pieces.
Don’t crush me!!
And although I didn’t get a chance to visit the statue, Philadelphia is of course home to the one and only Rocky Balboa.
“Yo, Adrian! I bought a book off BetterWorld.com!”
I look forward to the next conference and seeing everyone again. Thanks to those who stopped by our booth and I hope you had just as great a time as I did!
- Aaron King africa ARC betterworld.com better world books fund Better World Books in the field blog book drive book drives book reviews books books for africa bookstore campus chicago children's books conferences dana barrett david murphy green festival green for all hilarious posts Impact invisible children library literacy literacy statistics massachusetts Natasha National Center for Family Literacy NCFL off-topic Our Partners partner updates Pat Plonski Phi Theta Kappa podcast Poll Wednesday press room to read Show Us Some Love social entrepreneurship Spooky Book of the Day worldfund Xavier Helgesen
- Africa 2010 (10)
- Antiquarian Ramblings (9)
- Ask the Dust: Notes from the Rare Book Section (4)
- Author Podcast (48)
- Better World Book Club (20)
- Book & Author News (49)
- book club (4)
- Book Lists (108)
- Book Reviews (67)
- Books on the Big Screen (7)
- Company News (81)
- Contests (16)
- Dispatches from the Green House (47)
- Flabbergasted (15)
- From our Friends (84)
- holidays (21)
- Impact (179)
- Impact Vignette (5)
- In the News (22)
- LEAP (14)
- Literacy Trips (20)
- Our Partners (184)
- Poll Wednesday (19)
- Show Us Some Love (29)
- Social Enterprise (19)
- South America 2011 (6)
- The Man Behind the Curtain (22)
- Uncategorized (375)
- Video Impact Story (6)
- Week In Review (18)
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- June 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011
- November 2011
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- February 2011
- January 2011
- December 2010
- November 2010
- October 2010
- September 2010
- August 2010
- July 2010
- June 2010
- May 2010
- April 2010
- March 2010
- February 2010
- January 2010
- December 2009
- November 2009
- October 2009
- September 2009
- August 2009
- July 2009
- June 2009
- May 2009
- April 2009
- March 2009
- February 2009
- January 2009
- December 2008
- November 2008
- October 2008
- September 2008
- August 2008
- July 2008
- June 2008
- May 2008
- April 2008
- March 2008
- February 2008
- January 2008
- December 2007
- November 2007
- October 2007
- September 2007
- August 2007
- July 2007
- June 2007
- May 2007
- April 2007
- March 2007
- February 2007
- January 2007
- December 2006
- November 2006
- October 2006
- September 2006
- August 2006
Latest CommentsFair enough, Kathy, and duly noted. Right now the application we use to power th...
I know that this comment isn't really related to this post, but I couldn't find ...
BBW is the best. I've been ordering from them for years. I have always had the b...
my all time favorite was "The Pokey Little Puppy." When I got older it was "Ali...
I loved all things Beverly Cleary when I was a kid. That and, of course, Little...