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What we do

An unparalleled platform providing independent reading and information services to K-12 professionals and library leaders in the US

Collectively, and individually, our businesses help librarians and teachers build an appetite for lifelong learning and serve the needs of their communities, and help publishers and other companies achieve their marketing and business goals within the education ecosystem.

We bring the best of children’s literature, curated by age, reading level and genre, and reading programs into the hands of librarians and teachers, and through them, to students across the country, to build a passion for reading at the earliest ages.

We strengthen the value provision of all constituents in the library and K12 ecosystem through data, reach, insights, thought leadership, relationships, access, and community engagement, in order to further their mission of building literacy, learning, student success, and services to their communities.

A K12 leader in a networked economy

Deeply rooted relationships with 50,000+ libraries, 300,000+ K12 and library professionals, and more than 600 industry providers

We have relationships with library leaders and administrators in nearly all the major school districts and public library systems, and through them, we reach over 30,000,000 students. Over 300,000 of these market representatives engage with us directly, and can be reached by our partners on our websites, in our journals, blogs, and newsletters and through our premier industry events.

The library market’s leading brand family

Four iconic brands—a foundation of trust

Our customers trust our four iconic brand platforms to be independent curators of quality products, purveyors of superior services, and thought leaders. Our service portfolio delivers what our customers need to achieve their goals:

  • The highest quality independent reading offerings
  • Thought leadership, insights, data, and solutions
  • Access to industry leaders across the spectrum

Impacting Communities

Playing a critical role in helping K12 and library professionals achieve their missions to build literacy and learning, and support communities
  • 140

    Years of History
  • 23K

    JLG Subscription Box Members
  • 137K

    Journal & Digital Edition Readers
  • 500K

    Social Media Followers
  • 1386K

    Average Monthly Pageviews

Meet the team

GARY DOYLE
  • GARY DOYLE
  • Chief Financial Officer

    MSI Information Services
TRACEY FENTON
  • TRACEY FENTON
  • Vice President, Events and Professional Development

    School Library Journal,
    Library Journal
    and
    The Horn Book, Inc.
DAVID GREENOUGH
  • DAVID GREENOUGH
  • Group Publisher

    School Library Journal,
    Library Journal
    and
    The Horn Book, Inc.
JUDY GOLDSTEIN
  • JUDY GOLDSTEIN
  • Senior Vice President of Marketing

    MSI Information Services
SEAN LOCKWOOD
  • SEAN LOCKWOOD
  • Senior Vice President of Sales & Publisher Partnerships

    Junior Library Guild
TARA MARALLO
  • TARA MARALLO
  • Human Resource Manager

    MSI Information Services
SUSAN MARSTON
  • SUSAN MARSTON
  • Editorial Director & Publisher Relations Manager

    Junior Library Guild
REBECCA T. MILLER
  • REBECCA T. MILLER
  • Editorial Director

    School Library Journal
    and
    Library Journal
ALEX PEREIRA
  • ALEX PEREIRA
  • Chief Information Officer

    MSI Information Services
ROGER SUTTON
  • ROGER SUTTON
  • Editor in Chief

    The Horn Book, Inc.
STEVE ZALES
  • STEVE ZALES
  • Chief Executive Officer

    MSI Information Services

Join Us

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact and inspire a passion for reading, lifelong learning, and supporting the missions of libraries? We are looking for like-minded passionate people to help us support the missions of libraries nationwide and bring equitable access to education and quality literature for all learners. That’s why we need smart people like you.

Join us

Partner with Us

MSI Information Services is owned by the Vistria Group, LLC—a private equity firm founded in 2013 and specializing in mid-market buyouts and investments in education, health care, and financial services. For information about strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, please contact:

Philip Alphonse
300 East Randolph Street Suite 4030
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-626-1101
Fax: 312-453-1651
www.vistria.com

In the news

14

Sep

2018

North Carolina’s Madison County Public Libraries Honored by Library Journal as 2018 Best Small Library in America

Rural Library System Nationally Recognized for Community Partnerships, Outreach, Relationships and Top-Notch Professional Service

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21

Aug

2018

Maryland Educator Ali Schilpp Named 2018 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal

Cassy Lee from San Francisco, CA Named Librarian Champion of Student Voice, and Michelle Carton from Anchorage, AK Named Librarian Champion of Civic Engagement

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05

Jun

2018

San Francisco Public Library Named 2018 Gale /Library Journal Library of the Year

Golden Gate City’s Public Library System Honored for Exemplary Community Support, Reflection of San Francisco’s Core Values

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31

May

2018

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners

Prestigious Program Honors Excellence in Literature for Children and Young Adults

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06

Mar

2018

Orquidea Olvera Named Library Journal’s 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year

Monterey County Free Libraries Library Assistant Honored for Outstanding Outreach and Unparalleled Dedication to the Surrounding Communities Success

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16

Mar

2018

Library Journal Names 2018 Class of Movers & Shakers

50 Innovators Honored for Transforming Libraries

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03

Jan

2018

Michigan’s Lance Werner Named Library Journal’s 2018 Librarian of the Year

Kent District Library Executive Director Honored for Strong Leadership, Legislative Advocacy, Championing Patron Access

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11

Dec

2017

Library Journal Announces Book Pulse, Up-to-the-Minute Book News for Librarians and Book Lovers

Written by Reader’s Advisory Expert Neal Wyatt, Book Pulse covers trending titles, putting hot reads, display ideas, and collection development at librarians’ fingertips, every weekday

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16

Nov

2017

Renee F. Hill Honored With 2017 LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award

Library Journal Recognizes University of Maryland Professor for Passion for Teaching, Making Students the Center of Learning

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02

Oct

2017

Tina Sabol Named 2017 LJ Marketer of the Year

Medina County District Library Community Engagement Manager Receives National Award for Levy Campaign That Turned Into a Communitywide Advocacy Win

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12

Sep

2017

Idaho’s Boundary County Library District Named 2017 Best Small Library in America

Library Journal Honors Library District for Creating a Culture of Opportunity in Idaho- Canadian Border Community

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24

Aug

2017

School Library Journal and Scholastic Announce 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Winner Tamiko Brown from Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX, and Four Heroes Recognized for Outstanding Achievement, Leadership, and Innovation in School Libraries

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07

Jul

2017

Media Source, Inc. Adds Key Executives to its Senior Leadership Team

Deep Industry and Functional Expertise Supports Business Growth

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06

Jul

2017

Nashville Public Library Named 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale

NPL recognized for education focus as Library of the Year award celebrates 25 years

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31

May

2017

THE 2017 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Awards Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary

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Testimonials

“You are a wonderful company and I enjoy doing business with you. Your selections are always top notch and those that are the most anticipated. I love the fact that I get to have JLG selections all year, even when my budget is frozen or to lean for purchasing new books. Keeps my collection looking new and relevant.”

Christine

Vermont

“I love Junior Library Guild for so many reasons. First and foremost, my students love them and recognize the shipping box! When they see it sitting in the circulation desk, they always want to know what books came and ask if they can be the first to read the new books.”

Amanda

Illinois

“LJ provides connections between our profession and industries, legislation, and other issues that affect or influence what we do and how we do it. LJ's professional development offerings are professionally presented and reasonably priced.”

Kate

Kansas

“I feel confidant buying books recommended by Horn Book staff and its contributors whom I believe share the same desire to get the best books in into the hands and minds of our students.”

Deana

Washington

“I told my upper graders the secret of the little gold sticker (JLG sticker) in the front of the fiction books. After I told them that these were specially selected by experts to be good books, they were going through all of the books looking for the stickers.”

Debbie

California

“I like the SLJ reviews because they are written by practitioners in the field who know first-hand where books will fill niches in collections.”

Patricia

New Hampshire

“I depend on JLG and look forward to receiving books each month that I know will be popular with our students and will keep our collection up to date with quality titles. Customer service has always been excellent also.”

Sheri

Illinois

“The Horn Book reviewers have discerning taste which I value in making book selections for my library.”

Jill

California

“I love the (JLG) backlist! There are many titles that I have been able to acquire multiple copies of for Battle of the Books and Volunteer State Book Award reading lists.”

Dinah

Tennessee

“LJ offers an extensive, diverse array of channels and information for library employees in many areas of the profession.”

Gregg

Delaware

“SLJ is the place I go to first when it comes to book recommendations.”

Sharon

New York

“[LJ] combines both news and resource reviews - giving me a big picture beyond headlines. It provides cutting edge resources - but scales them to a realistic level that can be replicated.”

Ray

Michigan

“SLJ topics & articles present the latest information on books & authors.”

Mary Beth

Illinois

“[LJ] has a long history of covering all of librarianship as a profession, which helps me understand where my library colleagues are in their various libraries.  Its newsletters are superb and well-focused.”

Edward

Colorado

“LJ is a well-respected journal with outstanding editors and authors with extremely useful and relevant articles.”

Dina

Delaware

“[The Horn Book] is the BEST guide to children's literature, period.  I love all the features, and I'm always sorry when I finish reading it!!”

Katherine

Pennsylvania