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The Library as a Discovery Platform

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A recording of this session is now available to view. IBPA members can log-in and access it here.

About the Program:

Gaining new readers can be difficult — especially with how tough it can be for independent publishers to get their content into the library system. What if there was an easy way to not only get your books into libraries across the U.S., but to also effectively partner with libraries to promote your authors and their books? Join us as industry leaders in the library, publishing and writing worlds discuss how to partner with libraries to gain new readership.

Listen to stories of successful and innovative library partnerships from:

Catherine Royalty of LAPL
Veronda Pitchford from RAILs
Lauren Klouda from IPG
Indie author Victoria Noe


About the Presenters:

Porter Anderson, Moderator:
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Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing and its future. Formerly with CNN and the Village Voice, he has led editorial coverage at both Publishing Perspectives from Frankfurt Book Fair and The FutureBook from The Bookseller in London. With Jane Friedman, he produces The Hot Sheet industry newsletter for authors.

Veronda Pitchford, Panelist:
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Veronda J. Pitchford is the Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), a regional consortium that serves over 1,300 academic, public, school and special libraries. She is the program director for the eRead Illinois Axis 360 program,  a shared e-book collection for over 400 libraries across Illinois.

Catherine Royalty, Panelist:
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Catherine Royalty has worked for the Los Angeles Public Library since 2004. As Acquisitions Manager, Catherine oversees the ordering of print and A/V materials for LAPL’s 72 branches and Central Library, as well as assisting in the development of the Library’s virtual collection. She is honored to work with LA’s vibrant local author community on a regular basis.

Victoria Noe, Panelist:
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Victoria Noe made a promise to a dying friend to write a very special book. That book turned into the Friend Grief series, four of which are in SELF-e’s Illinois and National collections. In October she was named Library Journal’s first SELF-e Ambassador, and the same month won the Christopher Hewitt Award for Creative Nonfiction from A&U Magazine.

Lauren Klouda, Panelist:
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Lauren has been a part of independent publishing at IPG since 2010. Her background in social media and online marketing services has led to the development of IPG’s robust online marketing and advertising programs and significant increases in web traffic and online sales. Lauren works with IPG client publishers, partners, and libraries across the book industry to create engaging online content and marketing materials.


SELF-e_Logo_rgb_600_228This informative and unique webinar is sponsored by SELF-e, an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard aimed at connecting indie e-books, libraries and readers.

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