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For Immediate Release

November 3, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, Â announces the release of “
Moving Materials: Physical Delivery in Libraries,” edited by Valerie Horton and Bruce Smith.

Picking, packing, delivering and returning library materials can be very time consuming and expensive; yet, it is one of the most important and least understood functions within a library. With contributions from 11 experts in the field of contemporary logistics management for libraries, this volume remedies the scarcity of collected information examining this multi-million-dollar function. Readers will learn:

  • The impact of pricing on delivery services
  • Managing in-house delivery systems
  • The value of outsourcing physical delivery to a carrier service
  • Details about routing and materials management systems
  • New technologies and the impact of Library 2.0 on physical delivery
  • The how-to's of home delivery

Valerie Horton became the first director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) in November 2004. CLiC is a statewide consortium that provides courier service, continuing education, cooperative purchase and other library support services across Colorado. Prior to that, she was director of the Library at Mesa State College in Grand Junction for seven years. She came to Mesa State after 10 years at New Mexico State University, where she was head of systems and, for a time, library budget director/associate director. During her tenure in New Mexico, Valerie received an ALA International Fellowship and spent a year in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where she consulted with the Office of the Prime Minister on how to automate the country’s public, school and government libraries. She started her professional career as a systems librarian at Brown University in Providence, R.I., after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1984.

Bruce Smith is the delivery services coordinator for the South Central Library System (SCLS). Bruce has been employed by SCLS Delivery Services for 14 years, serving as the operations manager and coordinator since 1996. SCLS is a regional public library system serving 52 member libraries in seven counties with headquarters in Madison, Wis. SCLS Delivery handles approximately 6 million shipped items sent by its member libraries. SCLS also serves as the primary statewide library delivery service for the Wisconsin Libraries' Delivery Network. SCLS provides transport for more than 750,000 ILL items sent by the more than 700 libraries connected to the statewide network. SCLS operates its own delivery service at a centralized sorting facility using a fleet of 24 vehicles that make more than 50,000 annual stops and travel more than 750,000 yearly miles. Bruce has six previous years of experience in the transportation business in the areas of building supply, grocery and expedited package delivery.

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