|If you need to buy any
equipment for your library, check out this annual double issue. The CIL
Buyer's Guide gives you just about all the information you need to
make your purchases (except prices of course).
Speaking of information,
you'll be happy to know that's one of our major categories in this directory.
Pages 2328 list all the companies that sell all the types of information
that libraries run on: databases, encyclopedias, books, periodicals, dictionaries,
indexes, etc. When it's time to beef up your collections, just use these
listings. (Now, if only we could make the licensing as easy for you!)
Of course, you also need
the software and hardware on which to run all that new electronic information--we've
got that covered too. We also list the different supplies you'll need and
the outside services that allow your operation to continue running.
These category listings
are good, but there are two other sections that I think make our
Guide even more valuable. My favorite is Products and Services by Vendor.
Here, all the vendor companies that responded to our requests for information
are listed alphabetically. Under each company's name is a list of every
service and product it offers. This is especially valuable, I feel, in
these times of corporate mergers and changing product lines. We've managed
to give you a snapshot of what everyone in the market is selling today.
I also think the Products
and Services by Brand Name section is handy, because some companies sell
things with names like "EZ-HTML" or "STV-13" and it's fairly impossible
to relate the product name back to the company that sells it. So, if you've
read about a great product that you want to explore, but you forget who
makes it, this index can help you track down the manufacturer or distributor
quickly. Because time is money. (And who has enough of either?)
While I'd like to take credit
for assembling this entire amazing directory, of course it was a huge team
effort. It starts with me and database expert Jonelle Guy in Oklahoma.
We work together in the autumn to update, reorganize, and prepare for the
upcoming issue. Then of course the vendors are essential, because without
their cooperation and information there would be no Buyer's Guide.
(Special thanks go to the folks who help to gently "remind" many of the
vendors to send their survey forms back!) Then throughout the spring Jonelle
works her database magic and sends the final files here to be printed in
the magazine. Finally, our "production" folks (graphic artists, proofreader,
and editors) fine-tune all the listings into what you're holding now. It's
a good feeling to assemble all this valuable information into one package.
How does that TV ad go? "We work hard so you don't have to."
Kathy Dempsey, Editor