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The Story of Libraries Today and How They Can Benefit Your Business

Friday, March 8, 2019 -- 7:00AM


Herak Club Room, McCarthey Athletic Center, Gonzaga University (801 N Cincinnati St, Spokane, WA 99258)

Come join Mark Pond as he traces the last two decades of professional life in a public library and how libraries have adapted to the world around us. Mark will also give an overview of the various business related tools that the library makes available to the Spokane community. Ranging from competitive analysis to sales lead development to retail site selection to demographics research to on-demand workforce education, the Spokane Public Library has amassed a set of business research tools that is unrivaled anywhere this side of New York Public Library. A lot of people are saying that public libraries are destined to save the world. Mark agrees with them. Come find out why.

About The Speaker

Mark Pond, MLIS
Business Research Librarian

Since 2006, Mark Pond has been the Business Research Librarian with the Spokane Public Library. From 1998 – 2006, Mark worked in a similar capacity for the Seattle Public Library as well as the University of Washington Libraries.
During Mark’s tenure with the Spokane Public Library, he has led the effort to develop Spokane Public Library into a nationally recognized leader in the field of business research. While it is tough to quantify an exact metric, Spokane Public Library’s business resources are currently rivaled only by the New York Public Library.
In addition to his library work here in Spokane, Mark has participated on the board of the Faith and Environment Network, previously chaired the City of Spokane’s Human Services Advisory Board, is actively involved with Greater Spokane Inc. as well as the broader Spokane business community. He firmly believes that public libraries are destined to save the world.

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