November 30, 2015

Gwinnett County, Georgia: Library Board Votes Down Bookmark Advertising

From The Gwinnett Daily Post:

A plan to use bookmarks handed out at library branches as a means for advertising — and a potential revenue generator — was struck down unanimously by board members during a Monday meeting.

The original proposal, which was made months back by Chairman Phil Saxton, called for businesses to pay $300 to have their advertisement or coupon printed on about 5,000 bookmarks, which would then be distributed around the community.


Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, the library’s director, disagreed with the idea too, but for different reasons.

“One of the most precious things is the image of the library, and I have concerns when you put that in the hands of other organizations,” Stanbery-Kellam said. “We have a brand to protect and sell to the community. Putting that in the hands of a private organization … makes me very nervous.”

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See Also: Minutes from the Library Board Meeting (Coming Soon)

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