Those of you following our journey are likely aware of SELF-e, Library Journal and BiblioBoard’s discovery tool for self-published authors. We have offered the SELF-e product along with Reading Arizona, most notably to collect ONEBOOKAZ submissions last fall. While the State Library is excited about this innovative platform, we have ultimately decided not to continue offering the product and feel it would be better suited for a local public library to manage.
Ultimately, the decision came down to whether we wanted a resource for authors or for readers. Because we want to focus on the reader, we wanted the self-published collection to be carefully vetted and curated by State Library staff. Reading Arizona has a very specific collection policy in order to keep the project more manageable; creating another collection would have required more resources.
At this time SELF-e is not currently offered at another library in Arizona, but we hope that changes soon. Reading Arizona will continue to host the ONEBOOKAZ winners and selected submissions that fit the collection policy. We also now have a process in place to acquire unpublished, self-published, and locally published materials we have identified as great additions. Arizona is home to wonderful content creators with great stories to tell, and we hope to make strong novels featuring the state part of Reading Arizona.