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Libraries and Local Authors

Wednesday, September 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
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When Jennifer Spillman started getting 10 calls a day from local authors, she knew the library needed to take action.

The authors wanted to host readings at the library, primarily to promote the sale of their self-published books. This was in 2012. Jennifer, who at the time was new to her position as Head of Adult Services and Programming at Dayton Metro Library, knew those events usually ended in disappointment. Attendance would be near to nil. What could the library offer that would be better?

Jennifer decided to work with the Collection Development manager and create a local author collection. It would reside at the main library in a single location, to maximize its size and the attention it would receive. When authors called, Jennifer invited them to donate two copies to this collection.

And when the writers kept pressing for an event, Jessica created a single gathering in the spring and invited the entire group of local authors to come. Each author got their own table where they could sign and sell their books, and they got a few minutes to share at the microphone. Friends and families came, books were sold, and the event was a success.

After working with local authors in this way for three years, Dayton Metro Library won the Collections Innovation Award for 2015 from the Urban Libraries Council. So we've asked Jennifer to join us for our second Innovation Conversation to tell us about this project.

As with the previous Innovation Conversation, Jennifer will share a presentation about this project during the first half of this one-hour webinar. Then, with Nathan leading the discussion, you'll have the opportunity to ask Jennifer your questions.

Join us next week, September 24 from 1 to 2 p.m., for a conversation with Jennifer Spillman about Dayton Metro's work with local authors.


  • Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator

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