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Don't put that there!

Good morning! As we heard towards 2014, I'm thinking about all the posts that I meant to post over the year. Mostly, all the questions that I've wanted to ask and never seemed to find the time to ask. Some of them will come around in 2014, I'm sure. But, for today, the question is about: Short Stories!

Where do you put your short stories? When I first started here, we put short stories in the non-fiction number of 808.3. Which was the how to write fiction number. But, it was legacy cataloging, and so the number didn't change. Then, when we switched to putting short stories into the fiction (or genre) area with the rest of the fiction, there was a little consternation about the difficulty of finding just short stories. There were ideas of adding a short stories qualifier to the call number so that all the short stories would fall together at the beginning or the end of the fiction run. We didn't do that, but I have been forever curious since that conversation.

Do y…

Click My Link: December 4, 2013

The end of the year buying season is in full swing! That means, of course, not much time for doing anything other than spending money.  But.....I think I can carve out a few minutes for some news, don't you?

Diversity is NOT narcissism  (I can't believe we're still talking about this....) Another great response here  and here and here

GoodReads best books of 2013. Pick a genre, any grenre!

Ebooks for libraries: still a ripoff. (it all turns to bitchiness in the comments...)

25 books that changed the course of history.

The "Douglas County Model" gives libraries new e-book leverage.

Audible (Amazon) buys the rights to 5,000 titles from the AudioGO catalog. (hmmm)

The LA Times reveals their holiday gift books guide. 

Weed your library!  Thank you.

Speaking of libraries, Fresno, CA has an interesting concept: the 7-11 library

20 things that happen when you're a book nerd. (true facts)

Is truth in genre labeling hard to come by these days?

SFX Presents: The Top 10 Heroine…

Weeding Challenge: Branch Closings

There have recently been some big changes at my city library system. As of this week, seven of our branches will be open almost twice as many hours, and two branches will be closed. One, a one-room branch, is currently being re-purposed by the city as a Senior Center. The other will reopen in 2014, with much of its collection gone, as an "Express Library." This Friday, all hands available will head up to the latter branch to pack away the items that our collection development head determined will stay, making room for the renovation process.

In the case of a branch closing, thousands of library items have to go somewhere! Last year, we closed branches because of budget shortfalls and then reopened them months later. In the hope that funding would eventually be found, their collections were left mostly intact, although we did some weeding before they reopened. The ideal conditions under which to weed an entire library's collection quickly, in my opinion, include a closed …

Click My Link: November 19, 2013

Random Friday Thoughts

I think I'm convinced now that the thing that will finally kill libraries is ancient thinking. There is an entrenched unwillingness to hear new ideas or shift thinking. It's kind of like when my dad goes on and on about how gas prices should be $1. That's great, but it isn't $1. That's a wish, not reality. If you are stuck in the habit of looking at your current measurements (we'll just call them circ, program, or door count stats) in the hopes that they'll increase, that's a wish. After all, those are the people ALREADY using the library. Where are your new initiatives to bring in the part of the community that has forgotten about you? People will parse those usage stats to the nth degree, trying to find some sort of meaning, yet spend very little time looking to the outside for guidance. Sometimes, it isn't all about a failure of marketing. Sometimes, what you're marketing is failing. Why someone isn't coming in (either in person or electr…

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To buy or not to buy....

Quick question about "out of print" books:  Do you buy them for your collections?  If you do not, why not?  If you do, do you only buy one copy?  What's the lowest condition you're willing to get?  What's the most you're willing to pay?  Do you only buy under certain conditions?  (part of a series, classic, local interest, etc?)  And, what do you do if it suddenly gets 60 holds on the single copy?


Click my link: November 5, 2013

Abbreviated links this morning.  Have a good Tuesday!
50 incredibly tough books for extreme readers. (I think these terms will need to be defined...) 
10 crime writers turned detective.  (interesting!) 
Goodreads opens voting for Goodreads choice awards
America's Star Libraries for 2013

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Happy Monday!

Dieselpunk for beginners.  An endless 1940s timeloop.

Do YOU know a book lover? (I assume you all know at least one.)

20 obscure SF/F/H books recommended by the pros.  (I have to strongly disagree with the Gormenghast novels.)

The Washington Post talks copyright.  (the comments are worth reading too, although not all of them make sense.)

Copyright and Sound Recordings (I talked a little bit about this last fall. The Sound Recording/copyright intersection fascinates me.)

For major pubs, will print no longer be the norm?

PW Pics:  Books of the week for October 28, 2013

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I tweeted yesterday on twitter about my new favorite source for upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Books: Fantasy Book Critic. Do I wish the format was a little better?  Yes, it can be difficult to read at times. But, it is the most comprehensive list I have found. If you know of others, send them my way!

The ultimate guide to evil cats in SF/F.  Heh.

Better off dead: 10 posthumous novels that should never have been published.

The New Yorker would like you to read a new Haruki Murakami short story online.

American Mensa would like to share with you their Top 10 Banned Books list.

Flavorwire ranks 20 classic YA literature heroines.

Librarians and Distributors react to the Macmillan announcement. (for the record, I agree most with the last statement by ALA President, Barbara Stripling. "there is still a long way to go with publishers on ebooks.)

Happy Thursday!

Click My Link: October 22, 2013

Felix Francis talks mysteries, and taking over his father's series.
Not available in libraries (to my knowledge) but something your patrons may still want to know about: Bryan Cranston narrates The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, for audible. 
If you're looking for public domain audiobooks, LibriVox has recently been updated. Check out the spiffy new site here.
15 Famous Authors and their fashion label counterparts. Interesting. 
Intriguing story involving republishing interviews as ebooks, and who may (or may not) own copyright in the interview.

Kirkus provides "Best Books for Dogging the NSA"

Just for fun:
The Walking Dead Singalong?  I'm sure someone asked for it...

Click My Link: October 21, 2013

Weeding Shakespeare

Yesterday, I was casting about for a reasonable weeding project--one that I could complete within a day or two. I am always conscious of the need to weed in my part of the 800s, which includes more than 13,000 items. Sometimes I even make progress toward this end. Then I remembered that I had been planning to pare down the Shakespeare section, which would allow me to create space and clear out some dead weight.

I'm not sure what other large public libraries have for Shakespeare in nonfiction; the section here includes the plays and criticism. (There is also a shelf full of the plays among the YA paperbacks.) For the purposes of this weeding project, I only targeted books with the 822.33 label--yes, Shakespeare has his own call number all to himself! When I started this project, we had nearly 600 items with an 822.33 call number that took up approximately 18 shelves. The average publication date of these items was 1969, and a few of the oldest were from the 1800s.

Forty-six percent…

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Happy Tuesday!

Really, this qualifies as news?  Stephen King's Joyland pirated.

Apple took away RH's app until they agreed to play by the iRules. (I had no idea each publisher had their own app? Does anyone buy books from iBookstore?)

Brad Ricca's Super Boys tells the story of Superman's creators

Infographic: Ray Bradbury's predictions fulfilled.

First Book confronts lack of diversity in children's books.

Just for fun:

The Joy of Books video.  (super cute)

Jon Snow's 80s training montage. I thought nothing could be better than the title. Then I saw the video.

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Happy Monday!

A look at collection development over in the UK:

"The main weeding criteria for well-conditioned stock is usage. Any fiction or non-fiction book that has not been borrowed in a year is either transferred to a different library or deleted. We automatically delete children’s non-fiction over ten years old although non-fiction relating to subjects like geography, computing and science are often weeded earlier (similarly for adult non-fiction in these subject areas)."

From The Atlantic, Every Library and Museum in the US, Mapped. Pretty damn cool.

From NPR, Five Books to Look Forward to This Summer.

Neil Gaiman remembers Iain Banks.

From the LA TimesBeyond Game of Thrones: Exploring Diversity in Speculative Fiction.

According to Bowker, self-published ebooks represent 12% of ebook sales.

Winners from the Lambda Literary Awards.

Why do we read novelizations?

Evidence mounting that Pablo Neruda was murdered (in 1973).

30 of the most beautiful Sci-Fi book covers ever made

Weeding a Forgotten Section

One of the areas of my responsibility in the nonfiction collection is the 840s. Officially this is "Literatures of Romance languages"--on a practical level, this translates to "French literature and related stuff." There may have been a time when French poetry, plays, criticism, and novels were incredibly popular at my library, but now is not that time. The average copyright date of items in this section is 1965 (the median and mode are both 1967). The Spanish-language (860s) and Russian-language (890s) sections are both over capacity and much more heavily used at my library, and weeding the 840s will help provide some additional space in that area. The weeding list I am working from encompasses the majority of the items in this part of the collection. So what do you do when you have an area to weed and you could theoretically delete almost every item?

I was given responsibility for this area because I have a mild grasp of French and opinions about literature.* Als…

Click My Link! May 14, 2013

Happy Tuesday!

Cengage may declare bankruptcy.

Don't judge old books by their new covers: Restyling the covers of classics.

A law librarian at the Library of Congress blog investigates the origin of "In God We Trust" on our currency.

The Appeal of Reading True Stories--a list of suggestions for nonfiction reader's advisory.

From Scientific AmericanThe Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper vs. Screens.

Why Haruki Murakami translated The Great Gatsby.

From the World's Strongest Librarian Josh Hanagarne, five great books about libraries.

Just for Fun:

How to Host a Genre-Reveal Party.

Help a library, send a postcard!

50 tattoos inspired by books.

Guest Post: Learning the Collection Through Displays

This post was originally run by Kristi over at Books, Yarn, Ink, and Other Pursuits, but it is relevant to our interests here as well! She recently began working as a library director in western Massachusetts, and has been doing a lot of learning on the job.

Now that I have been here a year, I am starting to work on filling the holes in my knowledge about the collection. Over the last year I did accomplish some massive weeding projects throughout nonfiction, VHS, and books on cassette. We had some heavy-duty shelf sitters and overcrowded subject areas. The previous director loved nonfiction, but I have always been a fiction buyer and that was where I focused my efforts when I began working with the collection. Mysteries are the most popular genre here, but they still need to be weeded from time to time. I also broke out science fiction and fantasy into its own area.

One thing I have enjoyed bringing to the library is more displays. We are a small library, but I have a bay in …

Click My Link: May 10, 2013

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Happy Thursday!

Last week, I presented on "Full-Frontal Shelving: Erotica in the Library" with Kristi Chadwick--lots of opportunities for collection development in that area!

The Anthony Award Nominees are out!

Locus Award Nominees!

Finalists for the Shirley Jackson Awards (outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic).

A handy flowchart for YA humor books (via the Lawrence PL).

If you were waiting for a sequel to A Time to Kill, you're in luck.

Via our friend @librarymary40, some tips on how to get started in a new library job.

From Book Riot, your guide to summer movies based on books.

Just for Fun:

A brilliant solution to the quandary presented by reading in the bathtub.

What the Heck is Denewing?

"Denewing" is the term I invented for the process of taking books from the new shelf and changing their status to, for lack of a better word, "not-new." Sure, I could farm the work out to other people in my library, but it's never been clear to me why I would when denewing presents the perfect opportunity to see what has been circulating, how many times, and (thanks to Evergreen, our new ILS) the last library at which an item was checked out. Plus, peeling stickers = therapeutic. Denewing is something I can do on desk while I help people with their various computer issues.

Denewing also makes your new shelves look better. Because space is at such a premium in most public libraries (although regular weeding could help with that--cough), the New Shelf is the place where we have the best opportunity to showcase what we're buying and catch people's attention. The new shelf should be positioned somewhere where it will catch patrons' eyes and shout (item-…

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Happy Thursday, party people! Have some links.

The Digital Public Library of America launches April 18, 2013 at Noon (EST)

A post on "What we hope the DPLA will become."

"Rather than just having vast pools of information about works from US collections – wouldn't it be great if there were hand picked anthologies of works by Emerson or Dickinson curated by leading scholars? Or collections of songs or paintings relating to a specific region, chosen by knowledgeable local historians who know about allusions and references that others might miss?"

The first book printed in the US (1640) could fetch about $20M at auction.

"Next generation" ebook launched at LBF. (Huh. This seems more like a cool game than a book.)

A snapshot of our nation's bookmobiles.

As is customary, Pulitzer prize wins lead to bumps in sales. (List of the winners.)

The most ridiculous claims used to challenge classic books. (According to Flavorwire)

Also from Flavorwire, the questio…