|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.
"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
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.
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.