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Well, they have alot in common, librarians and booksellers...and publishers, distributors, authors, publicists and other adjuncts in the book-selling industry are trying to attract more librarians to BEA. Makes sense to me.
Lauren Gilbert, information services manager, Cold Spring Harbor (NY) Library, writes in this week's Publishers Weekly, "If Rodney Dangerfield were a librarian at BEA, he might say: “we don't get any respect.” (Dangerfield, M.L.S., has excellent grammar.) Librarians are considered the dowdy, poor relations at the BEA publishing family reunions. We pay less to attend, and we don't spend much money there, and so our long-lost cousins in publishing are not always overjoyed to see us at the party. Last year at BEA, I was amused by the special “librarian-friendly” welcome mats in selected booths, which made me wonder what that implied about the others. But librarians are a big part of BEA—and we could be even bigger."
Here's how BEA is trying to entice librarians to attend the show..."BookExpo America (BEA) is Librarian Friendly and looking forward to having you join us this year. Here are just some of the things you will enjoy and benefit from this year at BEA." The show runs from May 25-27 at the Javits Center in NYC.