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The same is true when building your library’s collection: you want someone you can trust to help you. For decades, Baker & Taylor has given libraries the tools and expertise they need to manage their printed collections, and the same is now true with digital collections.
Collection development services for Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media platform are a natural extension of the selection and acquisitions services currently trusted by libraries for guidance regarding print books and A/V materials. Many libraries are looking to diversify and expand their digital collections, and they are finding that many of the familiar tools and processes they’ve used over the years to sustain their ongoing print collections are also available in the digital realm.
For libraries, working with Baker & Taylor for digital services offers a number of advantages. For starters, there is a single selection process using Title Source™ 3 and Title Source 360, so staff members don’t need to learn and operate a secondary technology for acquiring digital materials. When you use Baker & Taylor, digital materials are just additional formats to be incorporated into your main workflow—not a separate technology that requires additional training and staff time. Digital and printed materials are available side-by-side, ultimately providing you with a simple, integrated approach that saves time and money.
Of course, another big advantage is the expertise you receive from Baker & Taylor. Their staff of deeply experienced collection development librarians understands library systems and workflows. They are available to provide guidance on your collection, whether it’s printed or digital, and whether you’re looking merely to supplement a particular area or establish a new collection from scratch. They understand what works for libraries across many different types of media, including printed books, e-books, audiobooks, movies, and other entertainment products, and they are happy to work with you to ensure that your collection is serving your patrons well. Baker & Taylor’s library-degreed selection staff knows the review journals you turn to and the awards you track, and they evaluate demand for alternate formats of a title in order to recommend the content for your library that will circulate best. They can also recommend starting collections or evaluate a library’s holdings by subject or genre in order to recommend additional titles.
In the end, you retain control, and you make the key decisions. As new media emerge and become more popular, Baker & Taylor is staying ahead of the changes by developing and implementing new technologies that serve their library customers. But they won’t change their unwavering commitment to libraries, and to being the one trusted source that can offer the expertise needed and library materials in all formats.
Michael Bills is Director, Sales and Marketing, Digital Products, for Baker & Taylor.
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