New Members to MBPR Board of DirectorsThanks to all the member organizations who attended our May event and cast their votes to fill vacant positions on the MBPR board of directors. After reviewing the election results and reassessing its needs, the board decided to fill an additional board position. This means all five terrific nominees have been elected to the board.
Congratulations and welcome to:
Erik Christopher, Founder/CEO, Ugly Dog Digital
Kevin Finley, Senior Publicist, Hillcrest Media
Kate Kjorlien, Manager, Digital Asset Systems, Hazelden Publishing
Katie Nickerson, Marketing & Training Manager for the Test Division, University of Minnesota Press
Carla Valadez, Production Editor, Redleaf Press
Special thanks to exiting board member Jim Bindas, Books & Projects, for his exemplary service as board treasurer.
Recap of MBPR September EventTo kick off our 2012–2013 season on September 26, we had an informative panel discussion on timely topics: library marketing and new trends in sales, and publisher-library collaboration. Panelists included Kit Hadley, Director of the Saint Paul Public Library; Tom Mercer, Marketing Manager for the 3M Cloud Library; and Terri Souter, VP and Director of Marketing for Lerner Publishing. Key conversations included new digital platforms, collection development of eBooks, how the role of librarian is changing in terms of publisher partnerships, and digital education.
MBPR Trade Show 2012 ScholarshipThe board is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s MBPR Trade Show Scholarship is Courtney Colton, an employee of Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., and Senior Publicist at Midnight Ink Books. The scholarship grants the winning applicant a $1000.00 stipend to help pay for travel and other expenses associated with attending a professional book industry tradeshow. The scholarship will enable Courtney to attend BookExpo America, taking place this June in New York. Congratulations, Courtney!
Recap of MBPR March Event
We had a lively, well-attended panel discussion on March 14 featuring Julie Arthur of Adventure Publications, Steve Horwitz of Abraham Associates, Jay D. Peterson of Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and Hans Weyandt of Micawber's Books. We had great questions coming from attendees, and it was a perfect opportunity for publishing colleagues to get together and discuss the changing retail climate—with special focus on the relationship between publishers, sales reps, bookstore buyers, and readers and how to capitalize on best practices.