Libraries and Local Authors
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
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
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.
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.
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator