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This was presented at History in the Dixson, a readers advisory seminar 7 March 2012

This was presented at History in the Dixson, a readers advisory seminar 7 March 2012

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  • When I first put my hand up to do a lightning talk it was going to be on historical romance….somehow my talk morphed into crowdsourcing standing orders.
  • Over a year ago, I created a page on the NSW RA Wiki with a list of romance authors that many readers consider to be their favourites. I did this because I had received several emails and phone calls from librarians who were looking at their standing order lists. I was going to use this list for the basis of my talk today but when I started writing my talk I decided to ask people who are part of the social networking readers that I communicate with to give me the authors that they suggested I should discuss today.
  • This started me to think in terms of using social media avenues to develop standing orders. As it is, public libraries, like all government agencies, are charged with responding to their user needs. Social media avenues are a proactive part of the Gov 2.0 initiatives and are an important community consultation tool
  • I wrote up a quick blog post asking people to post on their favourite 5 historical romance authors they’d like to see on their library’s standing order list. I then tweeted it out.
  • The tweet was retweeted by others 3 times and I would approximate 2000 people had the tweet appear in their twitterstream that day. This is not a guarantee that they read the tweet. However, my blog received over 100 hits and from those hits I received 14 comments. I was quite happy with this response as I think such a sample in traditional, real life survey of users in the physical space would be much more difficult to reach in a five day period.
  • So when I compare the list I had compiled last year – albeit with some social media outreach - to the one that was crowdsourced through reader suggestions last week, I am pleased to say that there is quite a bit of overlap. Of course, I was thrilled to see that Julia Quinn & Eloisa James made the crowdsourced list. I was also happy that there were many Australian authors suggested. And oddly enough, only Gail Carriger didn’t make the crowdsourced list. I suppose it is because she writes paranormal historical romance. Most importantly, the list received from the readers was much broader than the list I had put up. And the obvious reason for this is that there was more than 1 person building this second list.
  • Some authors requested were not suited to standing order due to being either out of print or no longer producing new books. However, these suggestions can make up the list of authors that the library needs to stock.1 of the responders knew to ask for a prolific author rather than a favourite because it meant more book to borrow.
  • And who benefits from acrowdsourced standing orders list? Everyone! The reader who finds their favourites on the shelves, the library user who perceives the library as open & engaging, the library for making collection development transparent…and the NSW RA Wiki as I have updated the wiki page with the crowdsourced information.
  • On a final note, since I had crowdsourced the authors list I decided to crowdsourcea historical romance genre definition, too. Once again, I had a wonderful response to my question….
  • I would define Historical Romance as: A character driven story set during a historical period culminating in two people finding their happily ever after together.Thank you to all who contributed to this presentation.
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    • 1. Crowdsourcing standing orders Historical Romance case studyVassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 2. Historical Romance: Crowdsourcing standing ordersReaders Advisory Wiki - http://readersadvisory.wetpaint.com/Vassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 3. Using your library’s social media presence to inform your collection• Using Social Media avenues to develop your standing orders• Public libraries and their user needs;• Social media avenues are another community consultation too• eGov 2.0Vassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 4. Blog it, Tweet it, Use itVassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 5. Library users spreading the word• Followers on your library’s social media tools = Your sample. They are your engaged library patrons.Vassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 6. Now for the authors suggested • Crowdsourced list • My list • • Amanda Quick Stephanie Laurens (Aust) • Laura Kinsale • Loretta Chase • Julia Quinn • Eloisa James • Julia Quinn • Eloisa James • Anne Gracie (Aust) • Anna Campbell (Aust) • Stephanie Laurens • Isolde Martyn (Aust) • Laura Kinsale • Diane Gaston (Aust) • Georgette Heyer • Loretta Chase • Julie Anne Long • Gail Carriger • Jennifer Ashley • Caroline Linden • Courtney Milan • Joanne Chambers • Jo Goodman • Rose Lerner • Jo Goodman • Anna Campbell • Meredith Duran • Connie Brockway • Sherry Thomas • Judith Ivory • Amanda Quick • Courtney Milan • Mary Balogh • Anna Jacobs (Aust) • Elisabeth Storrs (Aust) • Diana Gabaldon • Margaret Rowe • Grace CallawayVassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 7. Historical Romance: Crowdsourcing standing orders• Observations:• Responses: not all authors were suited to standing orders – Georgette Heyer, Isolde Martyn.Vassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 8. And the winners are…• The reader: who will find on the shelves the books they seek to read• The library user: who will perceive the library as open and engaging• The library: for making collection development transparent and for engaging their users.• NSW Readers Advisory WikiVassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 9. Final note…on historical romanceVassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html
    • 10. Acknowledgements• Thank you to all the wonderful people who contributed to this presentation through twitter discussions, retweeting, blog comments and suggestions. Crowdsourcing is fantastic. My apologies if I have missed anyone: Susan @ Reading Upside Down, Oldbitey, Kat, Elizabeth Lhuede, Lina, Anna Cowan, Australian Bookshelf, JenniferH, @Tamara_Allen, @NikkieKC, @LibrarianCat, @MarkKohut, @McVane, @ReadReactReview, @j_a_allan, _owl_, @himissjulie, @VintageZombieVassiliki Veros "Angle of Love" by the Cross-Eyed Kat fromM. Phil candidate – University of Technology, Sydney http://xstitch-nl.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/felting-and-valentine.html