International Library Conference
As mentioned two months ago, Library Conference in Puerto Rico -- BM had a booth at the International Federation of Librarians conference in Puerto Rico.
Here is what Teresa reported to me today from the show:
| ||The IFLA Conference was a truly international event and there must have been library representatives from almost every country in the world. As usual the BookMooch booth was very popular, largely due to the amazing Moocher staff who were enthusiastic, engaging, and fun to be around. Conference attendees immediately loved the idea of BookMooch and many stopped by the booth for a second round of chats. |
Libraries seemed quite interested in exploring the potential for book inventory turnover and understood how the book exchange could help their process.
Hopefully there will be new members from new countries joining BookMooch in the next few weeks. Could be quite interesting!
The idea is to continue our outreach efforts with Libraries, who both have needs for books, but who also have large numbers of books that they need to get rid of each year. I'd love to BookMooch to become a "sink" for those books, and if it's possible for us to help stretch those shrinking library budgets, even better.
On reason for us being at the IFLA conference is that Europe lacks an inter-library-loan system, which the US has (provided by the for profit company OCLC). When I met librarians in Luxembourg last year, there was a lot of interest in BookMooch, and I wanted to see if we could crank the interest up.
Also, IFLA was kind enough to have a "non-profit" booth rental rate. Moochers who give a little and the recent book-related ads running on BookMooch paid for the whole thing.
bio:teresa organize our presence there, and she was at the booth opposite BookMooch promoting my music business Magnatune's offering for libraries.
In EFF-related news, blog about an FBI sign in library shows the great courage and humor of librarians.