August 2003
Contact: Chris Frantz
888-521-1884, Ext. 361
chrisfrantz@brodart.com

Brodart Co. presents the all-new Horizons Collection for kids.

MCELHATTAN, PA - August 2003 - Brodart Co. Contract Library Furniture is proud to be the first to introduce a complete series of library furniture - made just for kids. The new Horizons Collection combines a unique, whimsical design with the strength and durability of solid institutional furniture.

According to Chris Frantz, Brodart Contract Furniture Marketing Manager "[We] designed Horizons to appeal to children and librarians…creating a fun learning atmosphere that was safe, durable enough to withstand daily use by children and would last just as long as full-sized adult Brodart furniture."

The new Horizons Collection integrates fun colorful laminates and vibrant finishes with assorted unique wood cutouts of dinosaurs, sports and astronomy figures. Custom cutout shapes such as school logos and genre themes are also available upon request.

The first of its kind, Horizons is a complete line of durable children's furniture - featuring a circulation desk with modular pieces, end panels for existing shelving, reading tables and chairs, technology stations and display furniture.

The Horizons line is built to last, with quality-handcrafted construction that has come to be synonymous with the Brodart name. Brodart gives the convenience of shopping in one place for all library furniture needs, with a uniform look and matching finishes on all pieces. All furniture is warranted for five years, seating for two years.

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June 2003
Contact: Chris Frantz
888-521-1884, Ext. 361
chrisfrantz@brodart.com

Brodart Co. announces the brand-new Metro chair.

MCELHATTAN, PA - June 2003 - Brodart Co. Contract Library Furniture announces a completely new seating design - the Metro chair. The new design involves exposed plies of plywood on both the seat and back, offering a modern design option for today's library.

The new Metro chair promises to provide libraries with a striking new atmosphere. Comfort is offered with broad lines and subtle curves. Ample legs provide a sturdy foundation, and heavy-duty support components ensure day-to-day durability.

The Metro chair is perfect for grade school through high school and is available in both youth (16"H) and adult (18"H) sizes. With varied options in upholstery, the Metro chair is guaranteed to accentuate any design scheme.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Books & Automation, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 2003
Contact: Chris Frantz
888-521-1884, Ext. 361
chrisfrantz@brodart.com

Brodart Co. presents an enhanced chair design with generous options.

MCELHATTAN, PA - June 2003 - Brodart Co. Contract Library Furniture announces a new look in the library furniture industry with a redesign of their existing Alpha chair. The new chair gives teachers, librarians and architects more design flexibility.

The new Alpha design allows the customer to choose between a wooden or upholstered seat / back combination. As a standard offering, Brodart Co. now offers the very durable and stain resistant Crypton fabric by Momentum.

The Alpha chair has been redesigned from a one-piece bent plywood seat to a two-piece seat and back configuration for a brand-new look and additional comfort. The chair involves a contemporary union of powder-coat painted metal, wood finish and upholstery.

A metal frame design for the chair endures everyday stress, perfect for both public library and school library installations. Brodart Co. now offers a fine-textured black paint for the metal frame that does not fingerprint - making it ideal for juvenile purposes. The Alpha chair comes in both youth (16"H) and adult (18"H) sizes.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Books & Automation, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 5, 2003
Contact: Kathie Rasdorf
(800) 233-8467 Ext. 6550
rasdorf@brodart.com

Eric Vals appointed to School Marketing Manager of Brodart Books.
Veteran school sales and marketing professional brings fresh perspective to Brodart's school offerings.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - June 12, 2003 - Brodart's Books division, the premier provider of circulation-ready books to libraries, today announces Eric Vals is the Division's School Marketing Manager. In his new assignment, Eric Vals will be responsible for creating and implementing the school library marketing plan, as well as directing the utilization of all resources for this entity. In addition, Eric will be instrumental in producing strategies to create new campaigns for the Books Division.

Eric Vals joins Brodart Books after working for five years in educational publishing. Eric's most recent experience was with Scholastic Education as a Territory Manager in California. Eric's experience working with school districts and schools, particularly with being in the field and providing curriculum to suit students' needs, has given him valuable insight into marketing the school libraries. Peter Tobey, Director of Marketing, states, "Eric's past experience in the field has provided a wealth of knowledge to Brodarts School Marketing Department. Eric will be an integral part of the Brodart team."

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Books & Automation, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 2003
Contact: Michael Bischof
800-233-8467, Ext: 4200
mikebischof@brodart.com

Brodart Co. promotes new Marketing Manager for Brodart Contract Furniture!

McElhattan, PA - June 2003 - Brodart Co. announces the promotion of Mr. Chris Frantz to Marketing Manager of the Brodart Contract Furniture Division.

As Marketing Manager, Chris will supervise Brodart Contract Furniture's Bid Department and Customer Service. He will also develop and implement a comprehensive marketing program, in support of Brodart Co.'s long-term strategic plan.

Randy MacKenzie, Vice President of Brodart Co., states, "I am confident that, with his creativity and strong work ethic, Chris will enhance our marketing efforts and strengthen our position as the leader in the Contract Library Furniture Market."

Frantz joined Brodart Co. in March 1986 as the Supervisor of the Catalog Telephone Sales Department. In 1990, he moved to the Contract Furniture Division and became Manager of the Bid Department. Frantz has successfully taken on numerous responsibilities in both divisions.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Automation, Books, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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May 13, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext: 6546
english@brodart.com

Custom Library Furniture mtable- has library tables on the move!

Brodart Custom Library Furniture, a division of Brodart Company, is about to change the way libraries think about library furniture. mtable, Brodart's newest custom library furniture design provides the flexibility and ease of rearranging library furniture to meet the ever-changing needs of today's patrons and communities.

A must for libraries that host community functions, mtables can be fitted with casters allowing them to be moved with little or no assistance - simply lift one end of the table and roll it to a new location. With features like round, heavy-gauge steel legs, coated with durable power-coat paint - and the ability to support up to 1,980 pounds, mtables adjustable-height glides and optional casters keep the tables from moving unnecessarily.

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June 3, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext: 6546
english@brodart.com

A furniture collection unlike any before it...

Brodart Custom Library Furniture, a division of Brodart Company, introduces the newest addition to their extensive line of custom library furniture, the Matrix Series.

Meeting the demands of today's library, the Matrix Series contemporary look and design successfully brings together a number of distinctive features to provide today's student with a relaxing, inviting learning experience.

The Matrix Series, lounge furniture features unique Euro-ply materials with open construction elements. With Brodart's exclusive design elements, like wooden turned legs, and signature squares, the Matrix Series offers librarians a distinctive choice when selecting library furniture.

This complete line of library furniture offers functionally and durability unlike any other in the library furniture industry.

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June 5, 2003
Contact: Kathie Rasdorf
(800) 233-8467 Ext. 6550
rasdorf@brodart.com

Brodart Offers GEMS
The unique service for finding exceptional and elusive titles to add to a library's collection.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - June 5, 2003 - Brodart's Book & Automation division, the premier provider of circulation-ready books to libraries, today announces their new program, GEMS. GEMS newsletter is devoted to exceptional quality found in small press offerings. It will be published quarterly. It will be available in print and (in expanded form) on the web at www.gems.brodart.com.

Librarians scour the publishing world for little-known, overlooked but valuable books. The excellent efforts of many writers, editors and publishers are lost in the huge number of books published every year. Brodart has committed itself to a regular program of alerting librarians to discoveries of such works. The newsletter will feature approximately 200-300 adult/juvenile and fiction/nonfiction titles. It will also feature editorial content such as articles on publishers, authors, and collection development. It has been designed to put the spotlight on exceptional small press titles and will be distributed free to public libraries.

"Books that are both uncommon and excellent add a certain texture to a library's collection that enriches the experience of all patrons," notes David Franklin, vice president of Brodart's Book Division. "GEMS will highlight the works of lesser-known writers, especially from smaller publishers. We hope this will broaden libraries' choices, making their collections richer and more responsive to patrons."

Libraries, not unlike most other book buyers, purchase the vast majority of titles from major publishers. Brodart provides books from over 20,000 different publishers and imprints every year. But 90% of these books are received from fewer than 100 publishers. Only 1% of all books purchased from Brodart by schools and public libraries come from the over 3,000 "small" publishers the company represents.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Books & Automation, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 5, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Moen Woodworks selects Brodart Company as exclusive library vendor

MCELHATTAN, PA - June 2003 - Brodart Library Supplies and Furnishings Division announced today an exclusive contract with Moen Woodworks.

This exclusive agreement between Brodart and Moen makes Brodart the first library vendor to distribute the entire line of Moen products, which includes: media displayers, tables with combining configuration capabilities and computer workstations that adjust to limited space issues. The most recent addition to the Moen line, a "Twist" circulation desk, allows for mixing and matching of five different pieces, including desks, storage sections and end tables.

"We are delighted to be working with Brodart," states company owners Stephen and Lisanne Moen. "We believe in bringing style, color, mobility and flexibility to institutional furnishings." The Moen complete furniture line has won numerous design awards.

"Moen brings excitement to the world of library furniture," states Frank Leisey, Marketing Manager at Brodart Company. "Their unique designs are not only remarkable in presentation, but also stand up to the toughest tests of durability. We are proud to be the exclusive full-line distributor of Moen furniture."

About Moen Woodworks
Moen Woodworks originated in 1983 and began concentrating on custom furniture, millwork, renovations and specialized equipment consoles. By 1990, Moen started changing their focus to the needs of schools and libraries for more space-efficient furniture. Today, Moen specializes in unique and colorful solutions, using geometry and simple mechanisms to solve common furniture dilemmas. Moen insists upon producing lively designs, uses only the most durable materials and believes that color and interesting shapes bring life to our world.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Automation, Books, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 5, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Book Repair Video in DVD Format is Now Available

MCELHATTAN, PA - June 2003 - Brodart Library Supplies and Furnishings announces the release of "Brodart's Guide to Book Repair and Protection" in June 2003. It is the first in the industry to offer book care instruction in both VHS and DVD formats, allowing chapter selection for specific training.

"This video is a valuable teaching tool for library staff," states Laura Spencer, Technical Services Manager at the James V. Brown Library in Pennsylvania. "It's also a great refresher for more experienced workers. The visuals were excellent at giving clear instruction for both basic and more advanced book repairs."

For many years, Brodart Library Supplies and Furnishings has printed and distributed a Book Repair Booklet providing customers with valuable information on the care of books. They've taken it one step further with this VHS/DVD, designed to visualize the process and assist people on all skill levels of book care. Librarians, Book Sellers, Bookstores, Collectors and Book Lovers alike will benefit from this comprehensive guide.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Automation, Books, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 5, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Enhanced Web Site will Streamline Purchasing of Library Supplies & Furnishings

MCELHATTAN, PA - June 2003 - Brodart Library Supplies and Furnishings announces the launch of a new, enhanced web site, www.shopbrodart.com - June 2003.

A test site, surveyed by 100 Brodart customers, showed 100% agreement in stating that the new search engine, shopping cart and checkout process was easy to use.

"I have bought library supplies from Brodart via the Internet for more than 3 years," said Vicki Miller, Administrative Assistant at the Roseville Public Library in California. "Being able to order supplies via your website has made my job much easier. Brodart continues to improve its web site, continues to have impeccable customer service, and is very responsive to customer recommendations."

The new www.shopbrodart.com will involve detailed product pages with zoom and thumbnail options for images. A smarter shopping cart will condense information and allow for bulk entry of product numbers and custom items. Shipment tracking will be offered with a simplified checkout, accessible address book and retrievable past orders.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Automation, Books, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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April 29, 2003
Contact: Kathie Rasdorf
(800) 233-8467 Ext. 6550
rasdorf@brodart.com

Brodart Offers TIPS Trials
The pioneering preview and selection service is available for a full 3-month trial, free.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - April 29, 2003 - Brodart Co., the premier provider of circulation-ready books to libraries, today announces free trials of its TIPS Profiling service. TIPS provides librarians with customized lists of upcoming material based on individual library preferences.

TIPS culls materials and applies specific conditions to upcoming titles, segregating those "types" of materials librarians want to consider. TIPS applies the broadest range of rules in the most flexible process available. It includes full-time monitoring of all critical review sources and provides full-text reviews on demand. TIPS is delivered either electronically, via Brodart's online collection development tool, BIBZ, or in printed form.

"Our goal is to introduce many more libraries to the efficiencies of TIPS," said Prudence Cendoma, head of Brodart's Collection Development Department. "TIPS improves the quality of selections and saves a great deal of time as well." David Franklin, vice president of Brodart's Book Division, added, "Those libraries who use TIPS almost never give it up. A key part of our outsourcing services, TIPS is a perfect example of how some library functions can be better performed by specialists while others are can only be done by local librarians. TIPS is a team effort between Brodart and our client libraries."

TIPS registration and setup is a five-minute, online process. Lists are professionally reviewed by Brodart specialists and custom Profiles for client libraries are improved through experience and collaboration. Perfected over more than a decade of use, the process is easy and quick.

About TIPS
Further information about TIPS and the 3-Month Trial Subscription plan can be found at www.tips.brodart.com.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Automation, Books, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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April 29, 2003
Contact: Kathie Rasdorf
(800) 233-8467 Ext. 6550
rasdorf@brodart.com

Brodart and Alibris Partner
Leading processor and distributor of library books partners with the most comprehensive source of hard-to-find books.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - April 29, 2003 - Brodart Co., the premier provider of circulation-ready books to libraries, today announces the signing of a partnership agreement with Alibris, (www.alibris.com) the leading provider of rare and hard-to-find books. The partnership will help public, school and academic librarians acquire hard-to-find books.

Brodart's online collection development tools (bibz.com for public libraries and 1stpick.com for schools) will alert users to the availability of out-of-print or rare books not currently available from Brodart. These web applications will make it quick and easy for librarians to move directly from Brodart's bibliographic and collection development tools to the Alibris web site. Once there, critical but otherwise unavailable material can be purchased directly from Alibris. Librarians will be able to search for these much-needed and desired books. Combining Alibris' unique service with Brodart's expert collection development tools provides a seamless solution to an otherwise challenging problem.

"Our goal is to make it as simple for libraries to acquire out-of-print, out-of-stock, and rare books as it is to acquire in-print books," said Martin Manley, president and CEO of Alibris. "Together with Brodart, we achieve this goal by offering our books through our integrated resources. BIBZ and 1stPick give libraries and schools a simple way to source hard-to-find books."

About Alibris
Alibris is the world's most comprehensive source of used, new and hard-to-find books, music and movies, with over 30 million listings available at www.alibris.com. Their proprietary technology and advanced logistics enable them to offer books, music and movies from independent sellers, publishers, and distributors to institutions and consumers around the world.

Founded in 1998, Alibris is headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with a state-of -the-art distribution center in Sparks, NV. The company is backed by investors including the Ingram Book Group (North America's largest book distributor) and investment firms Aberdare Ventures, Bedrock Partners, CMGI and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

About Brodart Company
Brodart Co. emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in Library Innovation and has evolved into four divisions: Automation, Books, Furniture and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Our quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada.

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January 24, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Books Enhances Salt Lake City Public Library’s Collection for Grand Opening

New Main Library houses expanded collections tailored to library patrons’ wishes.

To enhance their existing collection for the grand opening of a new downtown library complex, Salt Lake City Public Library chose Brodart Book Services, a division of Brodart Company, for assistance with selection lists, ordering, customized cataloging and processing of their new books.

When Salt Lake City Public Library opens the doors of its spectacular, new Main Library on February 8, patrons will have access to an expanded collection of 500,000 books, audio and visual resources, including materials in nearly 20 different languages.  Approximately 70,000 new items have been added, giving patrons the scope and breadth they requested of their new library’s collection.

“Brodart was instrumental in supplying the majority of books as we enhanced our new Main Library collections and by providing cataloging and processing of these materials,” said Hikmet Loe, Salt Lake City Public Library’s technical services manager. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Since Salt Lake City Public Library typically handles collection development, cataloging and processing internally, Loe said she was pleased to work with an experienced vendor like Brodart. A pioneer in customized cataloging and item-level processing, Brodart Co. has been providing libraries with shelf-ready books since 1958. “It was great to work with a really seasoned vendor who knows all the fine details of cataloging and processing and could access materials in a timely manner,” Loe noted.

Before deciding to outsource the project, Loe conducted a cost analysis of hiring additional technical staff to handle the additional workload, but outsourcing was much more cost effective. “We would’ve had to double our technical services staff, so outsourcing this project has been fabulous. It’s really enabled us to enhance our collections.” she said. 

“Our highly skilled Compleat Book-Serv® team provides professional service and ongoing communication to ensure that our library customers’ specifications are followed down to the most minute detail,” said Michael Wilder, senior director of Brodart’s Compleat Book-Serv.  “Our customers typically begin to think of us as an extension of their own technical services department.”

For more information on how Brodart’s Compleat Book-Serv can provide solutions for your library’s opening day, special project or backlog, please call 800-233-8467, ext. 6467 or visit Brodart Book Services at www.brodart.com.

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service. For more information on Brodart Company library products and services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com

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January 22, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Gretchen Herman Appointed to Vice President of Brodart Company, Automation Division and CRS, Inc.

Gretchen Herman will be instrumental in implementing strategies, to strengthen new product development efforts to meet the needs of Brodart's library customers.

Mr. Joseph Largen, President of Brodart Co., has announced the appointment of Gretchen Herman to the position of Vice President of Brodart Company. Gretchen joined the company in 1993 as a Retrospective Conversion Specialist and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as General Manager for the Automation Division since 2000.

In her new assignment, Gretchen will be responsible for the Automation Division and CRS, Inc., and will direct the utilization of all resources for both entities. In addition to her responsibility for the daily operations of these companies, Gretchen will be instrumental in implementing strategies to strengthen new product development efforts.

ABOUT BRODART AUTOMATION DIVISION
For over twenty-five years, Brodart's Automation Division has been providing libraries and media centers with systems, software, and services, including library management systems, media management systems, Internet solutions, retrospective conversion, cataloged web sites, and bibliographic services.

ABOUT CRS, INC.
CRS, Inc., is a leading developer of Interactive Voice Response and Internet solutions and a leading provider of employee absence management and substitute placement systems in the Unites States and Canada.

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service.  For more information on Brodart's Automation Division or CRS, Inc., call 800-233-8467, ext. 6772 or visit www.brodart.com.

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January 22, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Company Offers Free Posters and Bookmarks to Canadian Libraries

Company Continues Sponsorship of the Campaign for American and Canadian Libraries

Brodart Company, a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology serving schools and libraries worldwide, is offering Canadian libraries a free, limited edition poster and bookmarks as a sponsor of the Campaign for American and Canadian Libraries led by the American and Canadian Library Associations. The 2003 poster and bookmarks by up-and-coming illustrator Jeffrey Stemen feature the theme "READiscover Canada @ Your Library."

For years, Brodart Company has printed and distributed hundreds of thousands of posters and more than a half million bookmarks "free to the asking" to libraries throughout North America in support of literacy and library advocacy at the grassroots level. Beginning in 2000, Brodart joined forces with the "@ Your Library" initiative.

"CLA is delighted to work with sponsors like Brodart to increase awareness of libraries in Canada," said Wendy Newman, CLA President. "Our thanks and congratulations to Brodart for yet another terrific original poster in support of library advocacy".

Brodart Company has a long history as the library's partner and is an enthusiastic sponsor of the ALA's Campaign and continues to support CLA's Library Advocacy Now program and its advocacy efforts on behalf of Canada's libraries, states Franck Chenet, vice president of Brodart Company's Supplies & Furnishings Division.

"Libraries are our business, and we take pride in supporting local efforts to strengthen libraries and encourage reading and learning," Chenet said. "We want to help libraries be the best they can be."

To obtain a free poster and bookmarks for your library, fax or e-mail your request (including library name, address and quantity) to the following:

Brodart Ltd., 800-363-0483; e-mail JasonGraham@brodart.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
The 2003 "READiscover Canada @ Your Library" poster and bookmark features artwork by illustrator Jeffrey Stemen. An innovative and fresh young illustrator, Stemen used mixed media, everything from crayons to old books, to create his own distinctive style. Recently, he traveled to Venice, Italy to represent the United States in the internationally know "Stories of the City," a children's book contest sponsored by UNICEF. Stemen graduated from the College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, where he spends most of his time working at a local public library and researching strange and mysterious ideas for his blossoming children's book career.

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service. For more information on Brodart Company library products and services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com

Brodart Ltd., is located at 109 Roy Boulevard, Brantford, Ontario 7K1 N3R.  For more information, call 800-265-8470 or visit www.brodart.ca

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January 10, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Company Offers Free Posters and Bookmarks to Libraries

Company Continues Sponsorship of the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries

Brodart Company, a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology serving schools and libraries worldwide, is offering libraries a free, limited edition poster and bookmarks as a sponsor of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries. The 2003 poster and bookmarks by up-and-coming illustrator Jeffrey Stemen feature the theme “READiscover America/Canada @ Your Library.” 

Since 1997, Brodart Company has printed and distributed hundreds of thousands of posters and more than a half million bookmarks “free for the asking” to libraries throughout North America in support of literacy and library advocacy at the grassroots level.  Beginning in 2000, Brodart joined forces with ALA’s five-year “@ Your Library” initiative. 

“The American Library Association is extremely pleased by the generous support by Brodart on behalf of the Campaign for America’s Libraries,” said Mark Gould, director of ALA’s Public Information Office. “With the support of sponsors like Brodart, the American Library Association has helped communicate the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.”

Brodart Company has a long history as the library’s partner and is an enthusiastic sponsor of the ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, according to Franck Chenet, vice president of Brodart Company’s Supplies & Furnishings Division.

“Libraries are our business, and we take pride in supporting local efforts to strengthen libraries and encourage reading and learning,” Chenet said. “We want to help libraries be the best they can be.”

To obtain a free poster and bookmarks for your library, fax or e-mail your request (including library name, address and quantity) to one of the following:

Book Services; fax 800-999-6799; e-mail bookcs@brodart.com

Automation; fax 570-327-9237; e-mail salesmkt@brodart.com

Library Supplies & Furnishings; fax 877-800-0780; e-mail supplies@brodart.com

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
The 2003 “READiscover America/Canada @ Your Library” poster and bookmark features artwork by illustrator Jeffrey Stemen. An innovative and fresh young illustrator, Stemen uses mixed media, everything from crayons to old books, to create his own distinctive style. Recently, he traveled to Venice, Italy to represent the United States in the internationally known “Stories of the City,” a children’s book contest sponsored by UNICEF. Stemen graduated from the College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, where he spends most of his time working at a local public library and researching strange and mysterious ideas for his blossoming children’s book career.

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service. For more information on Brodart Company library products and services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com.

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January 7, 2003
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Automation Launches DartClix® 4 Kids






New subscription service provides libraries with professionally selected and cataloged web sites appropriate for children.

Brodart Company’s Automation Division, a leading provider of library technology serving schools and libraries worldwide, has introduced DartClix 4 Kids, an offshoot of the company’s popular DartClix subscription service which provides professionally selected and cataloged web sites that can be imported directly into a library’s existing bibliographic file and viewed in the online public access catalog (OPAC).

With DartClix 4 Kids, subscribers receive a backlist of more than 2,400 records and approximately 100 new web sites each month. DartClix 4 Kids records are selected by library professionals, ensuring subscribers will receive only high-quality, information-rich web sites. DartClix 4 Kids enables students and patrons to access age-appropriate web sites when searching their library’s online public access catalog (OPAC) without performing time-consuming searches via the Internet. Students and patrons can go directly from the OPAC to the web site, by clicking on the URL in the MARC record.

“DartClix 4 Kids was developed in response to our library customers who are seeking a convenient way to make readily accessible web sites that are age-appropriate for children,” said Sally Wilmoth, Director of Marketing and Sales for Brodart’s Automation Division. “Our subscription service saves librarians the time-consuming task of selecting and cataloging web sites, and allows users to quickly access kid-friendly sites in one, convenient search.”

While subscribing libraries may have a different way of presenting their OPAC to their students or patrons, each DartClix 4 Kids record appears the same and can be found the same way in any OPAC. All records adhere to current AACRII cataloging standards. Each record also contains a contents field, the URL, a summary, an audience level, and multiple subject fields.

As part of the DartClix 4 Kids subscription service, Brodart monitors the records and delivers a monthly maintenance report to subscribers. The report includes any edits or changes that need to be made to the record as well as inactive sites that need to be deleted.

For more information on DartClix 4 Kids, please contact Brodart’s Automation team at 800-233-8467, ext. 6675.

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service. For more information on Brodart Company library products and services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com.

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November 27, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Company Appoints New Marketing Manager for Library Supplies & Furnishings Division

Frank Leisey brings marketing, sales and customer service expertise to meet multifaceted needs of Brodart's library customers.

Brodart Company, a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology serving schools and libraries worldwide, has appointed Franklin C. Leisey Jr. as marketing manager for the Library Supplies & Furnishings Division. Leisey brings a strong business development background to Brodart and will provide strategic leadership to the Library Supplies & Furnishings Division in marketing products that help libraries operate more efficiently.

“Frank’s broad base of business expertise will be a strong asset in enhancing Brodart’s leadership in providing innovative solutions for libraries,” said Franck Chenet, vice president of Brodart Company’s Library Supplies & Furnishings Division. “His experience and strategic planning abilities will help Brodart meet our library customers’ ever-changing needs. We’re pleased he is on our team and confident he will play a major role in our success as we continually strive to improve products and services that help librarians better serve their patrons.”

With more than 20 years experience in electronic services, marketing and consulting for the information technology industry, Leisey has acquired exceptional vision, business development, problem-solving and relationship-building skills. Most recently, he served as the Great Lakes region account executive for SCT Corporation, a software and technology solutions company serving the higher education market.

“In addition to being a progressive leader in providing innovative products and services for libraries, Brodart Company is truly committed to delivering unparalleled customer service,” Leisey said. “I’m looking forward to having an impact on moving the company forward and serving new and existing Brodart customers.”

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service. For more information on Brodart Company library products and services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com.

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November 26, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Company Appoints New Marketing Director for Book Services Division

Peter Tobey brings product development, marketing and publishing expertise to meet customized needs of Brodart's library customers.

Brodart Company, a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology serving schools and libraries worldwide, has appointed Peter W. Tobey as marketing director for the Book Services Division. Tobey brings a strong business development and marketing background to Brodart and will provide strategic leadership to the Book Services Division in providing innovative, customized solutions to meet the needs of school and public libraries and the communities they serve.

 “We’re pleased to add Peter Tobey to our marketing team,” said David Franklin, vice president of Brodart Company’s Book Services Division. “With his exceptional background and skills in publishing and marketing, he will play an integral role in enabling Brodart Books to reach new levels of excellence in providing the best possible products and services for our library customers.”

Tobey has acquired comprehensive strategic planning, business development and marketing skills as owner and operator of publishing, advertising and Internet companies. Most recently, he served as founder and chief executive of Merritt Applications, Inc., an Internet-based business devoted to safety analysis and employee monitoring of large automobile fleets. Tobey also managed his own advertising and marketing agency for 15 years and previously headed a book publishing company that produced scores of trade paperbacks and hundreds of massmarket fiction titles. He also served as editor and publisher of a monthly horticultural magazine and is the author of several books.

"I'm excited to join Brodart for many reasons—chief among them is the company's experience delivering custom solutions to schools and libraries,” Tobey said. “In this era of customized products and instant communication, Brodart's commitment to individually-tailored collection development, cataloging and processing positions us for solid service and growth."

"Old-fashioned service and quality coupled with cutting-edge technology promises an exciting future at Brodart," Tobey said.

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company is a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology for libraries around the world. Committed to developing innovative products and services, Brodart offers libraries experience, advanced technology and unmatched dedication to personal service. For more information on Brodart Company library products and services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com.

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November 13, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

CALTAC Contacts: Catherine Penprase, (805) 986-2348
or Karen Dyer (925) 743-1200

Brodart Company Receives Prestigious CALTAC Award

California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners honors book and services company for contributions to the community.

Brodart Company, a leading provider of books, services, supplies, furniture and technology serving schools and libraries worldwide, is the recipient of a California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners (CALTAC) Award for 2002. The CALTAC honors a U.S. business for making the most significant financial or in-kind contribution to a library during the year. Brodart Company was nominated for the award by the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library for outstanding service and financial sponsorship of the library’s annual telethon fundraiser.

For the past five years, Brodart has donated popular books as an incentive to Cucamonga Library supporters who pledge $50 or more. The telethon has helped raise more than $275,000, enabling the library to build a public-access technology center, partially fund their literacy and after-school tutoring program, purchase materials for the bookmobile, and buy more than $100,000 worth of books and computer software for their children’s library.

“Working with a company that both understands and believes in libraries is important to us, and Brodart has demonstrated that they support the ideals of literacy and the importance of outreach into a community,” said Deborah Kaye Clark, director of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library.

Brodart Sales Consultant Loree Tillman will be accepting the award on behalf of Brodart Company at the CALTAC Awards Luncheon November 17 at the California Library Association Conference in Sacramento.  In addition to Brodart’s corporate sponsorship of Rancho Cucamonga’s telethon, Tillman has volunteered her own time during the telethon staffing the phone bank, describing the book incentives “on-air,” and making personal monetary donations.

“Being an advocate for libraries is not only key to me personally, but also to Brodart,” said Tillman. “It goes beyond business; it’s about genuinely supporting the mission of libraries and lifelong learning. Everyone at Brodart is committed to the support and advancement of libraries.”

ABOUT BRODART COMPANY:
Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company provides libraries with products and services from collection development and leasing programs to library supplies, custom furniture and library automation systems.  For more information on Brodart Company library services, call 800-233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES AND COMMISSIONERS:
CALTAC is a membership organization providing resources, education and assistance to library trustees and commissioners to help carry out their duties and responsibilities toward providing effective library services. CALTAC also helps unify library action in the state by cooperating with the California Library Association and the California State Library. For information, call Catherine Penprase, (805) 986-2348 or Karen Dyer (925) 743-1200.

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September 27, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
Exhibits and Public Relations Manager
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Company Launches New Web Site for School Libraries

In order to help school librarians and media specialists obtain quality books and materials for their school libraries in a more efficient manner, Brodart Company has launched a new and improved web site: 1stpick.com.

A free, timesaving, collection development service, 1stpick.com enables librarians to efficiently identify, select and order materials that best support the curriculum and meet the recreational reading interests of students in grades K-12. The web site lists more than 80,000 highly recommended titles handpicked by Brodart's team of experienced library professionals from a broad assortment of materials recommended by national book reviews, trusted publishers, favorite authors and awards.

In response to users' suggestions, 1stpick.com offers expanded features and options including:

  • Easier navigation
  • Current title lists for hot school topics
  • Specialized lists for homework and curriculum support
  • Open list of 2.6 million titles is update daily
  • Ability to research the newest titles and forthcoming materials
  • Title entries include cover art, annotations, review citations and/or full-text reviews
  • Awards lists, starred review titles, Accelerated Reader are easy to access
  • Plus, beginning in November, receive electronic quotes in 24 hours

"1stpick.com is one of the many ways in which we partner with school librarians to help streamline their job of selecting the right materials for their library," said Linda Homa, Brodart Company's collection development services librarian. "We share their goal of supporting the school curriculum and helping develop life-long readers."

Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company provides libraries with products and services from collection development and leasing programs to library furnishings & supplies, custom furniture and library automation systems. For more information on the school services and other Brodart Company library services, call 800-233-8467.

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September 5, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
Marketing Communications Manager
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

SAILS Library Network chooses DartClix®

Brodart Automation, a division of Brodart Co., announces that the SAILS Library Network, Middleboro, MA, has chosen DartClix to enhance their Public Access Catalog.  SAILS Library Network maintains a total circulation of over 4,270,500 and has more than 3,070,700 holdings. SAILS Library Network is a consortium of 68 libraries throughout Massachusetts.

“SAILS Library Network is always looking for ways to expand our patrons' access to quality information and resources. DartClix provided a means to do so in a convenient way which didn't require a large investment of staff time.” states Kristin Slater, Manager of Bibliographic Services for SAILS Library Network. 

DartClix is a subscription service providing cataloged web sites in MARC format. The records are ready to import directly into a library’s existing bibliographic file where they are immediately accessible via the online public access catalog. Subscribing libraries will receive a backlist containing thousands of professionally selected and cataloged records, plus hundreds of new records each month.  

For over twenty-five years, Brodart Automation has been providing libraries and media centers with systems, software, and services, including library management systems, media management systems, Internet solutions, retrospective conversion, cataloged web sites, and bibliographic services. 

Additional information on DartClix or other Brodart Automation products and services can be obtained at www.brodart.com, or by contacting the company directly at (800) 233-8467, extension 6772, as well as via e-mail at salesmkt@brodart.com.

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August 20, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
Marketing Communications Manager
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Company Publishes Time-Saving Resource for School Libraries

The 2002-03 Books for Children and 2002-03 Books for Young Adults catalogs, published by Brodart Company, help school librarians identify which books and materials best support the curriculum and meet the recreational reading interests of students in grades K-12.

These catalogs are designed to assist school librarians whether they are creating a new collection or rounding out an existing one. Brodart’s team of experienced library professionals has carefully researched and selected the best new books—title by title—from a broad assortment of titles recommended by national book reviews, trusted publishers, favorite authors and awards.

“We partner with school librarians to help streamline their job of selecting the right materials for their school,” said Linda Homa, Brodart Company’s collection development services librarian. “That’s because we share their goal to efficiently provide outstanding products and services that support the school curriculum and help develop life-long readers.”

For the latest, most comprehensive selection of titles and library services, visit Brodart’s Web site specifically for school libraries 1stpick.com, with access to Brodart’s enhanced title file of more than 2.6 million records. This free, timesaving collection development and ordering service enables school librarians, teachers and staff to search for titles; build, edit and save bibliographies and selection lists; and place orders online.

Serving libraries for more than 60 years, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Brodart Company provides libraries with products and services from collection development and leasing programs to library supplies, custom furniture and library automation systems. For more information on the school services and other Brodart Company library services, call 800-233-8467.

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August 13, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
Marketing Communications Manager
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Announces Promotion of Mr. Randall MacKenzie to Vice President of the Furniture Division

Mr. Joseph Largen, President of Brodart Co., has announced the promotion of Mr. Randall MacKenzie to the position of Vice President of the Furniture Division. Mr. MacKenzie joined the company in 1985 as an accountant and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Director of Marketing for the Furniture Division since 1993.

Mr. MacKenzie earned his B. S. in business Administration from Bloomsburg University and holds a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University.

In this new assignment, Mr. MacKenzie will be responsible for all aspects of product design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and quality for the country's leading manufacturer of custom library furniture.

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July 24, 2002
Contact: Nancie English
Marketing Communications Manager
800-233-8467, ext. 6546
english@brodart.com

Brodart Automation Announces Shiloh Anderson as Automation Consultant

Brodart Automation, a division of Brodart Co., has recently announced the appointment of Shiloh Anderson as Automation Consultant.  She will assume her duties with the company immediately.

Shiloh Anderson joins Brodart Automation with several years of experience within the technology sector. She will be servicing the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Sally Wilmoth, Director of Sales and Marketing, states, “Shiloh brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the technological needs of libraries in the first, second or even third generation of automation. Her ability to take technical specifications and communicate them at a variety of levels makes her an integral part of the Brodart Automation team.”

For over twenty-five years, Brodart Automation has been providing libraries and media centers with systems, software, and services, including library management systems, media management systems, Internet solutions, retrospective conversion, cataloged web sites, and bibliographic services.

Additional information on Brodart Automation products and services can be obtained at www.brodart.com, or by contacting the company directly at (800) 233-8467, extension 6581, as well as via e-mail at salesmkt@brodart.com.

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