JANUARY 14, 2020
BY BAKER & TAYLOR
GLASGOW, Scotland, January 14, 2020: collectionHQ, the world's leading collection performance improvement solution, is delighted to announce that its ESP product has received a platinum award in LibraryWorks' sixth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score.
Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, etc.Amandeep Kochar, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Baker & Taylor (A Follett Company), commented: "On behalf of everyone at collectionHQ and Baker & Taylor, we are delighted that ESP has received a platinum award in the MLAs 2020. We introduced ESP to empower libraries to take advantage of machine learning technology which is integral to the delivery of an efficient collection development workflow. By providing libraries with the books that reflect the needs of their community and by freeing up staff time to focus on patron driven activities, ESP offers the perfect partnership for public libraries to promote literacy and achieve community outcomes. The fact that these awards are judged by a panel of librarians using the tool speaks volumes about the power of ESP."
ESP - Evidence-based Selection Planning brings the art of Baker & Taylor's collection development expertise together with the science of collectionHQ's data analytics, to create a decision support system that helps libraries to select the right current and pre-published titles in the right quantities for their communities. By harnessing powerful machine learning methods, like those that drive Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant, and the recommendation engines at Netflix and Amazon, ESP can predict how current and forthcoming titles will perform in the future. ESP is now used in more than 100 libraries across the U.S.A. and in Australia, through Baker & Taylor partner, James Bennett.
For more information about ESP and to read case studies from libraries using this award-winning tool, please visit https://www.collectionhq.com/esp/.
About Baker & Taylor | Baker-Taylor.com
Baker & Taylor is a premier provider of books, digital content and technology solutions that help public libraries improve community outcomes through literacy and learning. Baker & Taylor is part of Follett Corporation, a trusted global source of books, digital content and technologies that help inspire learning and shape education.
About Follett Corporation | Follett.com
Follett Corporation is a leading global source of educational materials, digital content, eCommerce, and multi-media for libraries, schools and institutions. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools, and more than 2,700 physical locations and campus eCommerce platforms in North America.
Press Contact for Follett Corporation:
Recent News Releases
June 6, 2022
Baker & Taylor President and CEO Amandeep Kochar discusses the past, present, and future of Baker & Taylor and the company's role in the book industry. Read More
June 6, 2022
Baker & Taylor President and CEO Amandeep Kochar details five key roles libraries play in improving the communities in which they serve.Read More
Chicago Heights Public Library awarded 2022 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant
March 9, 2022
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2022 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Chicago Heights Public Library in Chicago Heights, Illinois.Read Full Article
collectionHQ Receives Platinum in 2022 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks
January 14, 2022
(GLASGOW, Scotland) collectionHQ, the leading library analytics solution, is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award in LibraryWorks' eighth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs).Acquired by Baker & Taylor in 2011, collectionHQ places innovation at the heart of its service to deliver public libraries with a toolset that supports community-driven...
Baker & Taylor Business Update from Amandeep Kochar
December 22, 2021
Dear Library Partners,As we reach the end of 2021, I pause to reflect on another extraordinary year. This has been a year of change for our industry and Baker & Taylor. Libraries across the world have continued to adapt to the impact of COVID-19, grappling with changing patron needs, building...
Publisher Weekly Notable: Amandeep Kochar
December 17, 2021
It’s been a swift rise for Amandeep Kochar, who joined Baker & Taylor in 2014 and enthusiastically fulfilled several roles on his way to being named executive v-p and general manager in 2019. But in November 2021, Kochar took his enthusiasm to the next level—he bought the company from parent...