Building a Reference Library
by Alaina Alexander
Q. Who needs books when you've got the Internet?
A. We all do.
Bookstores and Libraries
Research the leading books in your field and read them in the library before you buy anything. Used bookstores are a great source for a business library. Get on the email or mailing list for your favorite used bookstore.
Magazines subscriptions are tricky, because they have a tendency to pile up in the corner or go largely unread when you hit a busy season. A more economical tactic is to start a publication swap with other creative artists.
Online newsletters and publications
Many of the online newsletters are free or very low cost. Set up a separate email address for online publications. This will free up space in your business email address.
Business library essentials:
Check out these reference sites:
www.bartleby.com, www.encoremusic.com, www.portraitartist.com, www.theatrebook.com and www.soniccontrol.com.