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ERIC Number: ED507678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 192
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8389-0984-3
Marketing Today's Academic Library: A Bold New Approach to Communicating with Students
Mathews, Brian
ALA Editions
In "Marketing Today's Academic Library", the author uses his vast experience to speak directly to the academic library practitioner about matching services with user needs. This book proposes new visions and ideas, challenging the traditional way of thinking and providing a framework to target users more precisely. Most library marketing intended for undergraduates promotes the collection, reference and instructional service, and occasional events such as guest speakers or exhibits. The guiding principle of "Marketing Today's Academic Library" is that marketing should focus on the lifestyle of the user, showcasing how the library fits within the daily life of the student. His personal and compelling presentation will assist readers in: (1) Challenging and rethinking their marketing strategies; (2) Demonstrating their value through applied relevance; and (3) Focusing on the needs of the student and their expectations. Written in a concise and engaging manner that speaks to popular anxiety points about new marketing techniques, this book is filled with tips and strategies that academic librarians can use to communicate with students, surpassing students' expectations of their library experience. Contents include: (1) Do Libraries Need to Advertise?; (2) Defining the User; (3) Student Need States; (4) The Library as Product; (5) Conducting Marketing Research; (6) Building Relationships; (7) Developing Brand Strategies; (8) Promotional Building Blocks; (9) Designing Messages; (10) Measuring the Impact; and (11) Putting It All Together. Foreword, Acknowledgments, Prologue--Becoming Ubiquitous, Epilogue--Staging Academic Experiences, Afterword (Amanda McNamee) and Index are also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A