Showing posts from August, 2011

Statistics 2: Extreme Close-Up

As a follow-up to my post about statistics last week, I thought I would take a closer look at one of my nonfiction sections to demonstrate the kind of information that a report can yield. The Dewey range from 800 through 829 was my first assignment at this library; it covers American and English literature (poetry, essays, speeches, criticism, how-to, humor, drama). It's a grab-bag of exciting treasures, including Chaucer, guides to writing your first screenplay, the collected poems of Maya Angelou, collections of erotica, Dave Barry, Shakespeare, works about (but not by) Jane Austen, and Beowulf. At my library, this part of the collection includes nearly 12,000 items, and they are all under my jurisdiction. I was originally assigned collection development of this section because of my Master's degree in English literature, which at least provided me with some background in the area. Over the years, I've gotten familiar with the collection and what's popular. And, I co…

Reporting from the Front Lines

As usual, I need to weed my parts of the nonfiction collection. I could weed based on condition, which would allow me to clear a little space by pulling books off the shelf that clearly shouldn't be there because they're falling apart, or hideously ugly, or both. But what I really need is to make enough space on the shelves for the new books I've been buying over the past (cough) undisclosed period of time since I last really weeded, which means that I have to get serious. For that, I want a report.

I suspect that I care about statistics more than a lot of my colleagues. We do use statistics regularly during the course of our jobs; as reference librarians, we keep a daily record of our interactions with patrons, rather than recording stats once a month or once a year and extrapolating. Even so, I don't think many of my co-workers run reports as regularly as I do or are as familiar with the reporting software. Does this make me a stat-crazed librarian? I'm no…

Ask me anything: a few staff questions about ebooks

Here are a few staff questions sent to me via email about all things ebooks. I thought it might be interesting enough to share, although it also might be a little too insider baseball for outside our system interest. I'll know by your clicks which is correct.

Are there lots of publishers that don't publish ebook or eaudio format?

I'm not sure if there are publishers who don't publish in electronic format, but there are publishers who don't sell that format to libraries. Of the "big six" publishers (link to names and descriptions here) Macmillan and Simon & Schuster (and their imprints) are not available to libraries through Overdrive. We stopped buying Harpercollins titles when they went to the 26 circ self destruction model. Just today, I came across a book that is $26.00 in print and $78.00 (!!!) in ebook. So, just because a publisher is "willing" to sell to libraries doesn't always mean that is a good thing.

Does the cost diffe…

Tools of the (development) Trade

Good Morning, Reflectors!

I've had one or two people ask how we hear about books (and by extension, dvds, cds, etc) to add to the collection. There are a variety of ways. Here are a few:

Vendor catalogs:

Baker & Taylor Forecast: Comes out every month and covers fiction and non-fiction titles. Sometimes audio and large print as well. Divided into HC, trade pb and mass market, and then divided by category/genre. The ads are just as important as the actual listings. Every once in awhile, you might find an interesting author interview or article as well. Carries titles usually a month or so in advance of publication. Absolutely wonderful for keeping up with mass market series. Not so hot on smaller press or self published items.

Ingram Advance: I wish I could provide a link, but the majority of things linkable from their site are so old they aren't worth the trouble. BUT, they are very good at listing (and stocking) small press and/or self published titles. Wh…

Click my link: August 8th, 2011

An autopsy of ZOMBIE lit. I think I am the only one who hates them.

Kurt Vonnegut library giving away copies of Slaughterhouse Five to students in Missouri where it was recently banned.

The UK Future of the Libraries report.

Click my Link: Monday, August 1st, 2011

NPR profiles Archer Mayor and Brattleboro, Vermont.

Washington Post checks the week's political bestsellers

Want to learn about new releases? Here are 5 tools that might help. I signed up to test Wowbrary.

Macmillan pub introduces us to The Daily Reader. So far, I can access the blog from my library.....

American Bar Association on 30 books that every lawyer should read. Some were expected (One L by Turow) and others were not (Cleopatra: a life by Schiff)

PW spins a tale of 12 strange author deaths. I'm picking Aeschylus as my favorite. What about you?

Happy Monday!