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Volume 18, Issue 3 March 2001
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theLibraryPlace.com Launches Collection of Titles, Offers Professional Development Information

theLibraryPlace.com, a digital community and marketplace for public, school, and academic library professionals, has announced that it is now offering an extensive collection of 2.7 million book titles and 300,000 movie and music titles in Media Mall, the site's shopping section. Baker & Taylor, the global information and entertainment services company, is the first of several suppliers of the new book and audiovisual materials. theLibraryPlace.com has also announced that it's now offering its members professional-development resources, including free job postings, career-development articles, and information on upcoming educational events.
 

Media Mall
"Our Media Mall has been developed with the needs of library professionals in mind. In addition to this impressive catalog of materials, we will offer reviews, promotions, and bestseller lists that enhance title-search efforts throughout the other content areas of the site. We have implemented an easy-to-use order system that enables our members to complete their purchasing transactions with a variety of suppliers without ever having to leave our site," said Paul Sybrowsky, president of theLibraryPlace.com.

Members of theLibraryPlace.com can search for book, movie, and music products by ISBN, keyword, title, and author within an environment that specifically focuses on the library market. The easy shopping process allows shoppers to review and edit purchases prior to checkout; it also alerts the user to any duplicate ISBNs being ordered. Registered members of the same organization may also transfer carts to each other. This feature is especially useful for individuals who have selection authority but do not have ordering authority.

theLibraryPlace.com is in discussions with other leading wholesalers for the shopping section. It will also soon launch theLibraryPlace.com's Library Superstore, which will provide one-stop access to a wide range of non-materials suppliers (e.g., furniture, computers, and office suppliers) with a transaction interface created specifically for the library community.
 

Professional Development
"theLibraryPlace.com is an excellent forum for the exchange of professional development information and advice," said Sybrowsky. "We intend that our portal will become an invaluable career-development resource that librarians regularly access throughout their careers."

Job postings on the site are currently free and available to all registered members of theLibraryPlace.com. Categories include academic/special libraries, public library, school library, and vendors. A job-posting form is available directly on theLibraryPlace.com, and postings are updated on a regular basis.

theLibraryPlace.com is also encouraging members to submit articles on career-development issues to assist other library professionals in meeting their goals. Articles should be 800 words or less and should be submitted via e-mail to content@thelibraryplace.com.

Members of theLibraryPlace.com are also encouraged to submit information on educational events that would be of particular interest to library professionals. Librarians interested in becoming members of theLibraryPlace.com should register at http://www.thelibraryplace.com/register_user.cfm.

Source: theLibraryPlace.com, Provo, UT, 801/371-9222; http://www.thelibraryplace.com.

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