Congratulations to all librarians - this is your week!
We so love the tagline this year: "We Find Stuff". It says it all really. We read somewhere it was considered controversial, which was a little surprising. Isn't that what you do?!! You find stuff, you catalogue stuff, you look up stuff, you research stuff, you know stuff! What an amazing thing you do.
We were reminded of the important role librarians play when we came across a wonderful website recently that had gift ideas for librarians. No doubt many of our customers will have already discovered it (afterall, you "find stuff"!) but the reason we mention it here is the fun t-shirt and other promotional items they had listed that said "Librarian: the original search engine". The word itself was often made to look like the Google logo. Clever. But true wouldn't you say?!
We also liked "be nice to your librarian, it could mean the difference between a right and wrong answer" and we couldn't help chuckling at "Librarian by Day, Deadly Ninja by Night". Needless to say, a wide range of materials were on offer and there's many more sayings we could share with you, but we digress.
It's Library & Information Week. And as Australia's largest and leading library supplier to public, academic, specialist, government and reference libraries, we're celebrating with you. Afterall, as your support network, don't we help you "find stuff" or at least source the raw materials on your behalf? We work with thousands of suppliers locally and internationally and sometimes we know what it's like to be finding a needle in a haystack. But we do it. You expect it of us. And together we can put the workflows and systems in place that help you "find stuff" for your patrons every day.
Library and information services are important to us. And we are here to support your efforts. Tell us about what you're doing. If you're on Facebook, Twitter or here on Blogger, link your site to us. And that goes for our publishing partners too. We're all in this industry together, let's have some fun, share the joy of reading, spread the word about our products and services, and ensure future generations love books, their libraries and the world in which they live.
WIN LIBRARY SCIENCE BOOKS THIS WEEK!
For those of you reading this blog during Library and Information Week 23 - 29 May 2011 click on our Facebook page, follow us, and comment on our Library & Information Week post by telling us What Library & Information Week means to you. The winning entry will receive $200 worth of nominated library science books from Facet Publishing, Libraries Unlimited, ALA, Neal Schuman - thanks to our Inbooks business unit, also proudly supporting Library and Information Week. The winner will be announced the following week and naturally some conditions apply. Make sure you let us know what library you are from when you comment and keep an eye on those Facebook feeds for news on this and many more promotions from James Bennett.