A few members of the BookPage team spent last week in Indianapolis at the Public Library Association convention. PLA is a bi-annual event that brings thousands of librarians together to learn from innovators and professionals in the public library community. Alongside informative presentations and breakout sessions, hundreds of vendors and publishing houses set up shop to showcase their goods. As a first-time attendee, I was shocked to see how many moving pieces go into a library system.
The BookPage crew! From left: Marketing Manager Mary Claire Zibart, Associate Publisher Julia Steele, Publisher Michael Zibart and Subscription Manager Elizabeth Grace Herbert
The highlight for me was hearing our library subscribers gush about how much they love BookPage-- I've never felt so popular in my life! People were lining up to tell us how their staff and patrons go crazy over our publication. And if I learned anything from the event, it's that Librarians always have their patrons in mind.
Associate Publisher Julia Steele models our BookPage tote
Midway through the convention, we celebrated our subscribers by co-hosting a happy hour with Hachette Book Group. We had a great turnout, a handful of guest authors (and their books!), tasty snacks and flowing bubblies. Did I mention that librarians like to have a good time? They do.
Baldwin County Public Library: Jeanne Andrew; Terrebone Public Library: Brigid Laborie pose with publisher Michael ZIbart
Glen Ellyn Public Library: Hannah Rapp; Cook Memorial Public Library: Mary Andrew, Heather Love Beverly, Sue Mccowin
A bar full of happy librarians!
High fives to everyone who helped make PLA a successful event. We’ll see you in 2016. Oh, and the next time you pick up an issue of BookPage at your branch, be sure to say thanks. Your librarians are hard at work for you!