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In managing your library, what if you could redeploy your resources away from some of the most repetitive tasks—such as placing plastic jackets, covers, and spine labels on new books and entering information for new materials into your online catalog? Could staff members currently tasked with those responsibilities be reassigned to more productive and fulfilling work? In a climate of shrinking budgets and resources, doesn’t it make sense to consider reallocating staff in more innovative ways?
Across the country, many library systems are increasingly seeking help in preparing new books, CDs, DVDs, and electronic media for circulation. This frees up staff time for more valuable tasks—such as spending more time working directly with library patrons. It can be a cost-effective means of expanding front-line staffing, as well as optimizing the cost efficiency of processing and cataloging new materials. Baker & Taylor’s Technical Services Solutions offer libraries a number of options to help them operate more efficiently and effectively.
In today’s fast-paced world, speed is critical. Online retailers and bookstores make materials available on the street date. Libraries need to be just as timely, even with all the added requirements necessary for circulation. Baker & Taylor’s TechXpress service can deliver your materials, cataloged and processed, in as little as 48 hours. Baker & Taylor can ensure that the newest titles are available and shelf-ready by the street date so your patrons won’t have to look elsewhere for the hottest new titles.
Plenty of options are available with TechXpress, including Mylar jackets, laminated paperback covers, RFID tags, spine labels, stamping, theft detection, and more. Cataloging records are also available and can be customized to your needs.
Libraries requiring an even greater level of service often turn to Baker & Taylor’s Customized Library Services (CLS) division. CLS works closely with library professionals throughout the country, as well as internationally, to assess their needs and develop plans for their individual libraries. Baker & Taylor’s experienced professionals work to implement the plan in conjunction with the library’s technical services staff.
As its name implies, Customized Library Services offers unique, individualized plans for every library—because what works for Boise might not work for Boston. Libraries may have their own unique requirements, workflows, and preferences. For instance, one library might be interested only in the physical preparation of books, while another library might want that service as well as MARC records and other data for their online catalog to facilitate the discovery of materials. Other libraries might want to leverage Baker & Taylor’s expertise in other areas, such as acquisitions, collection management, and invoicing. Libraries receive custom-designed, flexible, as well as scalable, solutions to help them promptly get materials onto the shelves.
We’re not just talking about printed materials, either. People go to the library for many different reasons. Maybe they’re going to pick up a CD or a movie on a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Maybe they’re not even setting foot in the library but are remotely borrowing and downloading an e-book.
Baker & Taylor is a steady partner to help you with your print and digital needs and can assess your workflow and process your materials the way you want them. TechXpress and Customized Library Services provide a wealth of specific solutions to help libraries around the world.
Frank J. McDonald is Baker & Taylor’s Director of Public Library Sales—Eastern Region.
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