Lean professional and management staff

Plus a lot of part-time, low-paid book lovers

Everybody shelves

Emphasis on self...
Superstore 125-200,000 titles
     300000
Library with similar circ 142,870
     250000
But most of bookstore stock is cur...
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
What if you ran your library like a bookstore?
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What if you ran your library like a bookstore?

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Libraries may have unique missions, but the way we accomplish them has a lot in common with many other businesses and institutions. This presentation will take a look what we can learn from bookstores, public radio, parks and recreation departments and other organizations that could help us reduce costs and improve revenues for libraries. And what could happen if we don’t.

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What if you ran your library like a bookstore?

  1. 1. Lean professional and management staff Plus a lot of part-time, low-paid book lovers Everybody shelves Emphasis on self-service Centralization
  2. 2. Superstore 125-200,000 titles 300000 Library with similar circ 142,870 250000 But most of bookstore stock is current titles -- adds 500-700,000 new copies / year 200000 Most150000 of library stock is older – adds only 14,492 copies / year on average book budget of $290K 100000 That’s only 5.2% of the 276,649 titles published in 2007 50000 And that’s only for big libraries …. Average library 0 budget is 1990 1992 1994 would buy2000 2007 only $22K, and 1996 1998 about 1100 books.

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