Thanks to Cliff Guren for providing the following update:
1) Panorama Picks is Live
Today we are introducing a new program called Panorama Picks that reveals unmet demand for books and sales opportunities for booksellers. Panorama Picks is based on demand for books that readers are waiting to borrow from the nation’s public libraries. The program provides a series of regional lists of titles compiled from the wait lists for ebooks at local libraries. The lists will be updated on a quarterly basis.
Visit the Panorama Picks webpage to learn more, sign-up to be notified when new lists are available and take our short survey on the program.
2) Join Us at Book Expo on Wednesday, May 29 from 3:00 to 3:45 PM (Room 1E10 at the Javits Center)
The Project is hosting an educational session at Book Expo in New York on Wednesday, May 29, from 3:00 to 3:45 PM (Room 1E10 at the Javits Center). Learn the many ways that libraries promote new authors and connect readers with new titles—and how these activities translate to sales. Get a first look at Panorama Picks. Hear how Penguin Random House uses libraries to develop audiences for its authors and launch new titles. Publishers and booksellers will leave this session with actionable ideas on to use libraries to connect with book borrowers and buyers.
3) Over 400 Librarians Completed Our Readers’ Advisory Activities Survey
We are delighted to report over 400 librarians completed our survey of Readers’ Advisory activities. We are just beginning to review and analyze the results. Initial findings will be presented in our session at ALA Annual (see the update below). We will publish the full findings later this summer.
4) Planning for Our Session at ALA Annual is Underway
The project will be hosting a session at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 23 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Here’s the short session description:
How Readers’ Advisory Impacts Book Discovery and Sales: New Research from the Panorama Project
New research on library Readers’ Advisory activities will be presented by the Panorama Project—a cross-industry initiative focused on studying the impact of public libraries on title/author discovery and retail sales. Come hear findings from the Project’s recent survey, get an update on the Directory of Readers’ Advisory Activities, and learn about Panorama Picks, a new library data-driven program for booksellers. There’s also a role for you! Join us to learn how to participate in this important research initiative.