R106. Stacking the Stacks: Getting Indie Lit Books and Journals into Libraries

Cedar Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Independent literary publishers want their books and magazines in libraries, and librarians want that, too. However, libraries increasingly build their collections based on patron demand and other economic factors. Librarians, learn how to best identify indie lit for your collections. Indie lit publishers, learn how to get noticed by librarians.



Jeffrey Lependorf serves as the shared Executive Director of America's two national service organizations for independent literary publishing: the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Small Press Distribution.

Karen Gisonny is Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals at the New York Public Library. She is curator of the Library's collection of small press books, contemporary poetry, and serials. She collaborates with CLMP and Academy of American Poets to host programs highlighting these collections.

Meredith Walters is the Director of Programs and Exhibitions for Brooklyn Public Library, where she oversees all cultural events, including film, music, and literary programs. Prior to joining BPL, she was Assistant Director of Public and Interpretive Programs at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Brent Cunningham is the Operations Director for Small Press Distribution, where he has worked since 1999. Along with SPD’s other directors, he helped nearly double sales at the organization over the past decade. Last year he served as the point person for SPD’s NEA-funded library project.


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