ALA Public Programs Office & Association of American Publishers launch Authors @ your library Web site

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For Immediate Release


February 6, 2003

ALA Public Programs Office & Association of American Publishers launch "Authors @ your library" Web site

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), in conjunction with Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), and
Library Journal, are please to introduce the "Authors @ your library" Web site. The Web site is a promising new resource for connecting libraries around the country with authors and publicists who want to promote their books.

Responding to an often-heard concern that publishers do not book authors in libraries as often as librarians and patrons would like, in the fall of 2002, the AAP's Trade Libraries Committee formed a partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office, FOLUSA and
Library Journal to create "Authors @ your library." The "Authors @ your library Web site will ultimately serve as a searchable database for both librarians seeking authors and for publicists looking for speaking opportunities for their authors. The Web site, which is temporarily accessible at
www.ala.org/publicprograms/authors@yourlibrary, will eventually be available via the
Library Journal,
Publishers Weekly and
School Library Journal Web sites.

"We are excited to announce 'Authors @ your library,'" Mary Davis Fournier of the ALA Public Programs Office said. "This Web site will offer libraries the ability to connect with authors in ways previously not possible. 'Authors @ your library' will make it easier for publishers and librarians to arrange free and accessible author events in libraries that will benefit communities nationwide."

Pat Schroeder, president and CEO of AAP, said, "We're delighted to be working with libraries on this important initiative. We hope that by making it easier for libraries to host author events, we can generate more buzz about the joys of books and reading."

Library Journal,
Publishers Weekly and
School Library Journal have agreed to host the "Authors @ your library" Web site in conjunction with their Authors on the Highway service. In the near future, the Web site also will feature practical advice for librarians who want to host author events as well as advice for publishers looking to place authors in libraries.

Dan Lundy of the Penguin Group (USA) and a member of the AAP's Trade Libraries Committee added, "We want to educate publicists and librarians about author events, bringing a greater author presence to libraries throughout the country. Libraries represent a tremendous opportunity for publicizing books and authors; we look forward to maximizing that opportunity and increasing sales."

Publicity for the launch of "Authors @ your library" includes a Day of Dialogue presentation in May at BookExpo America in Los Angeles, as well as a feature article that previews the project in
Library Journal's February 15, 2003, issue. A presentation introducing the Web site was held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 24-29.

The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to foster cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries. Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities.