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As libraries continue to evolve and serve more needs in communities around the country, people are increasingly looking to public libraries for a full collection of movies and videos, along with other audiovisual products.
Libraries have recognized and embraced this role, and Baker & Taylor has the expertise and industry experience to make sure that AV collections are as robust and wide-ranging as patrons expect. Scene & Heard, Baker & Taylor’s AV division, has specialists at all levels of the organization—buyers, salespeople, catalogers and operations—with each devoted to movies, music, and spoken-word audio. Like the rest of Baker & Taylor, the Scene & Heard team is intimately familiar with entertainment products and the needs and operations of libraries. And, with their strong relationships with music labels and video content providers, Baker & Taylor stays on top of the latest trends and technologies and offers an unsurpassed selection of music, DVDs, and Blu-rays to library and school customers.
This expertise and dedication help make librarians’ AV selection tasks easier through valuable programs and services. Libraries can receive alerts about upcoming Hollywood blockbusters and specialized niche titles and obtain them shelf-ready for their release dates. Libraries can also get advice on newer formats, such as Blu-ray discs or Playaway and VIEW devices, and learn how these items can benefit patrons. Baker & Taylor carries a large inventory of new releases and backlist DVDs and CDs in their three strategically located AV facilities and can assist in building collections in all genres and categories of music and videos.
Librarians familiar with Baker & Taylor’s book services will be pleased to know that there are related services on the AV side, including full cataloging and processing for circulation-ready materials, auto-ship programs, and leasing. Additionally, Baker & Taylor can deliver items shelf-ready, with customized labels and security, in durable cases. All orders can be processed through Title Source 3, which has a dedicated section devoted to AV products.
There are plenty of ways to find out about new releases: Baker & Taylor’s AV inside sales representatives, the FirstLook title notification service, customized selection lists and carts that cover a wide selection of genres and entertainment opportunities, or through Baker & Taylor’s buying guides and websites. A variety of Baker & Taylor online tools and publications keep libraries up-to-date on the latest releases and music/video trends. The Red Carpet (film/video) and The Green Room (music) microsites provide in-depth news and features that help librarians make informed buying decisions. Alert, the monthly AV buying guide, also gives release details and helpful guidance.
The Automatically Yours standing-order program and the Music & Movie Parade auto-ship plans are popular and can save librarians time. Simply indicate what category of materials to receive, and the releases will arrive each month, allowing libraries to build their collection with top DVD, Blu-ray, and CD titles selected by Baker & Taylor’s dedicated AV team. DVD subscription and lease plans are also offered to help satisfy library patrons’ new-release title demands.
Baker & Taylor customizes these services to each library, to ensure exactly the level of support needed. Whether libraries are looking for a little bit of guidance, a full-service partner that handles the bulk of the AV ordering and processing, or something in between, Baker & Taylor’s Scene & Heard team makes sure libraries’ patrons can find the music and movies they enjoy, now and in the future.
Rob Erdmann is Baker & Taylor Director of Sales, Music/Movies, L&E Division.
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