This month's Bennett Blurb focuses on Profiling & Selection. Whether you are a public, academic, specialist or government library, James Bennett can assist with all your collection development needs. Need support with subject profiles? Opening Day Collections? Spending funds? In a nutshell, we have the service - and the experience - you need.
One of our most experienced staff is Julie Buckroyd, Profiling & Selection Executive. She answered some general questions in the Bennett Blurb but she also allowed us to do our own profile of her, here in The Bennett Blog. How did she get to where she is now? What makes her tick? Read on and discover for yourself.
Name: Julie Buckroyd
Position: Profiling & Selection Executive
When did you start at James Bennett? 6/6/1994. D-Day. (I don't know if that was significant!)
What roles have you had in your 17 years with James Bennett? I started in the Kit area and moved to the Allocation area. Now all the New Title areas have combined under me!Describe your job: My role is extremely busy, but very rewarding. Overseeing a team of people and ensuring we have the best coverage of New Titles in all areas and in a timely manner. Making sure that our customer’s profiles are offering them the most appropriate titles. Always looking at the best workflows within the team to make sure that we are covering all the titles that we can and should be.
What do you enjoy most about your job? It is always changing!
Describe James Bennett (as an organisation) in a few words: Dynamic, Local, Knowledgeable
What would you like customers to know about the work you do? We work hard to ensure full coverage on your profile. We have a great system now that has enabled us to have a better matching and non subject coverage. But the real work happens when the team “find” the first available, or be the first to let you know about a forthcoming best seller.
What are the challenges you are facing? Local offices of international publishers. Bringing out titles here in Australia months after the US or UK release, and inflating the prices. There have been improvements but we spot every title that doesn't meet our customer's requirements. And we have to review each and make the best buying decision for our library.
What gets you excited about your day? Waking up! Seriously you can’t make plans about how your day will go, as it will always change.
What books do you like to read? True crime, crime fiction, and biographies
Do you have a favourite author? It changes with every book I read but Jodi Picoult stays there at the top.
Last book you read? Violent Exposure by Katherine Howell
Currently reading? The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez.
On the reading wishlist? Probably Cloudstreet so I can make more sense out of the mini series!
If Customers are considering Profiling & Selection Services what are the things they need to consider? What they will do with their spare time! (laughs) No the main things are: what sort of areas they are interested in. Should I just start with an author profile and build up to a full profile? How much money should I commit to Profiling? Do I need to know expenditure in certain areas ie: Adult Non Fiction, Adult Fiction or just overall expenditure? There's lots of questions but we can assist them along the way.
And if they have any further questions? Contact me or their sales representative.
What staff member would you like to see a Focus On here on the Bennett Blog or in our newsletter service? Contact Marketing on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do!