Last year, The London Book Fair rebranded its popular New Title Showcase to the PubMatch Bookshelf to focus on rights. LBF annually receives 25 - 30 thousand in attendance, from publishers, agents, authors, distributors, media and more, all focusing on rights. Participants in the PubMatch Bookshelf--an official exhibit of The London Book Fair--will have their books on display in a very heavily trafficked area, promoted onsite and before the fair even begins by the London Book Fair itself. 2014 yielded dozens of rights inquiries for PubMatch Bookshelf participants, and 2015, with the move to a new venue, expects to see PubMatch Bookshelf increase traffic and... Read More
Considering the fact that the wealthy state of Connecticut has over 3.5 million citizens, fewer than 200 libraries (not including schools and universities) are scattered across the state, which means that each branch serves, on average, 17.5 thousand patrons. If the librarians in Connecticut don't have their work cut out for them, who does? Because of this, the over 500 people that attend the Connecticut Library Association annually take their opportunities very seriously, not only including the great programs available, but also the extensive exhibit hall. CTLA members know that the number one place to find new books is Combined Book Exhibit, making it a... Read More
Few venues exemplify the adage "quality of quantity" quite like the Pennsylvania School Library Association--especially when they hold their annual conference in the popular venue in Hershey, PA. While the thousand-member association might not be the largest, their annual show's attendees (which averages about 750 each year in Hershey) spend more time going through the exhibits, and specifically the Combined Book Exhibit's bookcases, than any other. It's not uncommon for a single librarian to spend over an hour at a time going through the Combined Book Exhibit collection book by book, and it's rare for there to be any catalogs leftover at the end of... Read More
Libraries in Florida have--for the last several years--been dealing with less than favorable legislation, from that limiting their budget to that limiting their growth, even in the most populous areas. The years of 2011-2013 have seen a slight loosening of the state’s budget, allowing for some more library spending. With this spending increase, and an attendee base most certainly accustomed to dealing with adversity, and how to plan around it, it’s no surprise that librarians in the Sunshine State have also grown accustomed to making the utmost of informed decisions. They know the trade show is the best way to find new products, and especially... Read More
The 2014 BookExpo America saw some huge changes, including the addition of BookCon, which brought 10 thousand members of the public onto the show floor. Another addition to the show floor in 2014 was the New Title Showcase, an official exhibit of BEA that used to be located in the lobby of the Javits Convention Center. The move of the New Title Showcase to the inside of the hall, near the popular downtown stage, and in the BookCon accessible area, so a huge uptake in activity, with attendance at a constant within the popular exhibit. Publishers, booksellers, librarians, distributors, media and many other facets of... Read More
The 2014 ALA Annual Conference saw bigger numbers than expected, with over 25 thousand in attendance! Library staff of all levels--from genre librarians to selector librarians to board members and everyone in between--from all over the country make their way to ALA Annual to see the best new books. ALA hasn’t held it’s annual conference in California (the state with the largest library budget as per ALA’s research) in some time, so excitement is at an all time high. Combined Book Exhibit is one of the 10 longest running exhibitors with ALA and as such, CBE has the best possible location, bringing great attention to... Read More
Letter from a School Librarian -
Dear Mr. Malinowski:
Last week I attended the NYLA conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. From time to time over my career I have gone to these conferences. I have always found that one of the most valuable parts of the conference is the time that I am able to spend at the Combined Book Exhibit. it is the one time when I get a chance to actually examine and review for myself new books. I can examine the photographs, the graphics. I can scan the index and table of contents and skim through the pages getting an overview of the content. I can examine the materials for information pertinent to our curriculum and assignments students are given. I can check the size of the print and binding to determine if it will take the wear students will give it. I don't have to rely on one reviewers point of view.
While perusing this exhibit I discovered one book which had lots of information and would have been well-suited to a middle school but the graphics on the cover would have stopped any but the most determined user. Another had a lot of god information on its subject matter but a particularly gruesome photo of a shooting victim changed my mind about the book. I discovered Eleanor, a most appealing early biography I will recommend to our elementary librarian. I haven't mentioned the books that had not been reviewed anywhere and were appealing and informative that I have now added to my list to order in the near future.
This exhibit for me is one of the highlights of the conference. I always plan to spend an extended time examining these wonderful new books. Please keep up this most helpful and needed service!
In this day and age when the Internet is constantly in the news and most definitely in our lives as librarians we cannot forget the importance of selecting books wisely for our collections. Your exhibit makes this task easier and more enjoyable.
Pamela A. Hatton
Geneseo Middle/High School Librarian