May 24, 2022

Report: Ten State Librarians and the Executive Director of COSLA Meet with John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan

UPDATE November 6, 2019: Report About COSLA Meeting with John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan (via COSLA)


From a Blog Post by Mark Smith, Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

I am in Hartford, Connecticut, for the annual fall meeting of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, or COSLA, the state librarians of the 50 states and several territories.

This morning, a group of ten state librarians and the Executive Director of COSLA met with Mr. John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishing Company.


We may have one point of agreement with Macmillan: it might be time to disrupt the model of our book purchasing. We should take this opportunity to flex our book-buying muscle, favor publishers that give us the most favorable terms, and use our considerable expertise in readers advisory service to discover and crowd-source new authors. The alternative could be to find ourselves unable to effectively serve avid readers who have comprised one of our most dedicated customer groups.

Read the Complete Blog Post (776 words)
Includes what Mr. Sargent told the state librarians and why the “the state librarians did not buy his argument. “

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