Connecting with Public Librarians

At BEA I had some time to browse and found a program called Authors For Libraries right across from the Mom’s Choice both. It is sponsored by the American Library Association. The mission is to bring authors and libraries together.

http://www.ala.org/united/authors_for_libraries/authors-for-libraries

The program has many benefits for authors including an information page that can be accessed by libraries, a two way zip code search database that includes authors for use by librarians and a list of libraries within a zip code for authors who may be traveling to a certain location or interested in doing outreach to a specific area.  There are helpful tip sheets for authors who want to reach out.

A wonderful retired librarian who was involved in implementing the program and manning the booth was a fountain of information. We had a spirited discussion on issues such as the stresses faced by librarians due to funding cutbacks and the difficulties faced by self-published authors who try to reach out to libraries. I told her that Authors for Libraries  seemed like a perfect resource but that I am sometimes hesitant to make cold calls to libraries due to my experience that self-published authors are not always welcomed with open arms. She acknowledged that this was a problem and said she was going to send out a Tips for Connecting with Self Published Authors to librarians. She is someone who “gets it”. I decided to join!

http://authorsforlibraries.org

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About Pathfinder Pursuits

Camille is a licensed clinical social worker and writer. She is the author of the Quincy the Horse children's books.
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