Solidarity, friends. Solidarity.

It seems contrary to the way in which librarians want to think…but I’m going to say it…

Team up with local booksellers – the small guys with the corner shops.  Have them send traffic to you, send traffic to them.   See if you can buy from them to build your library collection.  Develop events with them. 

Why do I say this?  Because I’ve posted about it in the past around the time of the American Bookseller Association annual conference – trends with booksellers eventually become library trends.  And then I got this:

http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001sCMoR2JSxKJ-G-riXnB02lajI8q3TcJI8hl-bRzp6lucCu8vxAxmldUQAWGWjxrIeiWaf_jDBtkhpmmfb0m-5meYJbjUITgInVFrCGG6bSwGLQGBp2JCZCzFtBRiFSHWzoHa2MWhtRBjST5GQHW5K9zKPxIng9si

from the Wayne State University listserv.  The Shaman Drum Bookstore is struggling.  It is an institution in Ann Arbor and in Michigan.  The sun will shine, the snow will fall, the Shaman Drum will sell useful, unique, hip and countercultural media.  And the letter is a call for help and sounds very familiar to the ears of librarian.

It’s worth reading…

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