Showing posts from January, 2012

The Game's the Thing: Working with a Video Game Collection

Last year, I volunteered to take over ordering the young adult video games for my library. Unlike the rest of my collection development duties, which are focused on materials at the central library (we also have nine branches), the games are a citywide collection. Although they are all located at one branch for security reasons--they kept wandering off when they were stored here--they can be requested by patrons anywhere in the region.1

I've done a couple of orders over the past year or so since I became responsible for this area, but hadn't really taken a close look at the numbers until recently. I ran a report (of course) and tried to break down what I was seeing in ways that would be useful for my collection decisions going forward. This is also the only non-print collection that I am responsible for, and boy are the numbers different from what I'm used to seeing, especially in comparison with the nonfiction collection!

The most prominent statistic was probably the numb…

Guest Post: The More Formats Change . . .

Here at Collection Reflection, we're aware that we spend a lot of time talking about ebooks and weeding and EBOOKS, and we're going to start featuring some guest posts on topics outside of our immediate realm of expertise. One of these days, we might actually find someone to talk about something other than public libraries! Today's post comes from one of Robin's colleagues on the topic of collection development and audio CDs and DVDs.


Hey Chicken Little, the sky is still up there. I mean, that acorn that fell on your head has fallen down, but there’s still plenty of sky.

As a music and film librarian, I get asked almost daily about “when are we going to stop carrying discs?” My answer is always, “when people stop checking them out.” Which I’m guessing will be for a while, since my circulation numbers are still healthy and iTunes is over a decade old. Let’s face it, we only got rid of our VHS collection last year--and the few that could still play were still going o…

Click My Link: January 24th, 2012

My philosophy on: ebooks

I promised Anna I wouldn't be so heavily ebooks focused. Never trust a lawyer, Anna.
Ebooks generally divide people into two camps:
Group A: Love them! Will do anything for them! I don't care what you charge me or what usage restrictions you place on me, just give me more more more.
Group B: No thank you. I'll stick with print. I know what I'm getting, I can do what I want want it. Straighten out the formats, stop the vendor wars andthenwe'll talk.
I'm actually not in either of these groups. I'm more of an A-/B+. I love ebooks, but not to the exclusion of everything else. I hate the angst surrounding them, but not so much that I'll refuse to buy them.
Over the weekend, news leaked out that there was going to be anebook summit between ALAand the publishers who won't sell ebooks to libraries (Simon & Schuster and Macmillan--Penguin is invited along too). This is great news. Wouldn't you love to be a coffee cup on the table in that boardroom? So, ev…

Click my link: January 10, 2012

Stat Check

A quick peek into some digital book numbers from Robin's (@Tuphlos) collection at IMPCL:
Some end of the year Overdrive statistics:
Overall checkouts (audio and ebook) up 143% in 2011 over 2010.
Ebook checkouts were up 470% in 2011 over 2010. Those numbers are without Simon & Schuster, without Macmillan, and without buying new HarperCollins items since March 2010.
Audiobook checkouts were up 35% in 2011 over 2010.
Overall holds on items went up 151% in 2011 over 2010. Ebook holds, specifically, were up 558%.
Current Overdrive collection size: 41,084 titles (11,925 audio, 29,159 ebook).

Click My Link: January 3rd, 2011