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Collection Management Project

  1. 1. Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Poetry: Whitefish Bay Public Library By Raina Bloom Library & Information Science 520 Prof. Johnson 9 May 2005 T.S. Eliot Sharon Olds
  2. 2. Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin <ul><li>Population: 14,163 </li></ul><ul><li>Third highest median income in Milwaukee County </li></ul><ul><li>Median age: 38.2 </li></ul><ul><li>70% of residents over 25 have a bachelor’s degree </li></ul><ul><ul><li>29.8% have a graduate or professional degree </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Significant percentage of foreign-born residents </li></ul><ul><li>Predominately Christian, with a sizable Jewish population </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy emphasis on children, education, and the family </li></ul>
  3. 3. Whitefish Bay Public Library <ul><li>Member: Milwaukee County Federated Library System </li></ul><ul><li>New facility opened June, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>60,000+ books, newspapers, audiovisual materials, magazines, and historical documents </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Staff <ul><li>Three - six shelvers </li></ul><ul><li>Approx. ten part-time circulation staff </li></ul><ul><li>One head of circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Two full-time adult reference librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Three staff members who work both as reference librarians and circulation staff </li></ul><ul><li>One children’s librarian </li></ul><ul><li>One director </li></ul>
  5. 5. Collection Development Policy <ul><li>Not an archival collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>public demand has a significant impact on what stays on the shelves. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Evaluating works of imagination” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>representing an important movement, genre, trend, or national culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vitality and originality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>artistic presentation/experimentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sustained interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>effective characterization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authenticity of historical or social setting </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Collection Development Policy, cont’d. <ul><li>Emphasis on local authors </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity, balance </li></ul><ul><li>Policy includes edorsements of the ALA Freedom to Read Statement, the ALA Freedom to View Statement, the Library Bill of Rights, and the ALA Statement on Professional Ethics. </li></ul><ul><li>The library makes no effort to sequester material that may be objectionable to some. </li></ul>
  7. 7. My Collection <ul><li>Extensive, but low-circulating </li></ul><ul><li>Included: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>anthologies (even those with selections earlier than the twentieth century) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>single volumes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collected/complete works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not included </li></ul><ul><ul><li>literary criticism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>books on creative writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biographies of poets </li></ul></ul>Mina Loy
  8. 8. My Collection, cont’d. <ul><li>Approx. 85 books </li></ul><ul><li>Over half of them didn’t circulate in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>No single book circulated more than ten times in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Highest circulating: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>black authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authors with mainstream notoriety </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good mix of male and female authors </li></ul><ul><li>Good mix of the canonical and the popular </li></ul><ul><li>Overwhelmingly white, though the black poets are among the highest circulating </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Problem <ul><li>A low-circulating collection in a library that collects largely to satisfy its patrons. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Question <ul><li>Should the poetry collection be discarded based on circ. stats? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Food for Thought <ul><li>“ The lack of means to distribute is another form of censorship.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nadine Gordimer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ What might the absence or presence of specific materials tell [individuals] about what knowledge is deemed of value and what is not?” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marlene Manoff “Academic Libraries and the Culture Wars” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Adrienne Rich
  12. 12. The Answer <ul><li>No. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Deselection <ul><li>The Collection Development Policy suggests weeding based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>physical condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dated information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>permanent value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user demand </li></ul></ul>Ezra Pound
  14. 14. Deselected Books <ul><li>One was deselected because of age, poor circulation, and redundancy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This Land is Mine: Anthology of American Verse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three were deselected because they were redundant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mine the Harvest, Edna St. Vincent Millay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg , Carl Sandburg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ariel, Sylvia Plath </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And one simply did not fit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When Did I Stop Being 20… Judith Viorst </li></ul></ul>Sylvia Plath
  15. 15. Selection <ul><li>$200 Budget </li></ul><ul><li>10% discount </li></ul><ul><li>Selection Tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the existing collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>my background </li></ul></ul>Billy Collins
  16. 16. Fourteen Items <ul><li>Items by “high” circulating authors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Langston Hughes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Billy Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Oliver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharon Olds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Frost </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Items by Jewish authors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voices Within the Ark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Muriel Rukeyser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adrienne Rich </li></ul></ul>Muriel Rukeyser
  17. 17. Fourteen Items, cont’d. <ul><li>Something a little different: The Voice of the Poet, Random House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Frost, Adrienne Rich, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some things that just make sense: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ariel: The Restored Edition , Sylvia Plath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mercy , Lucille Clifton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lost Lunar Baedeker , Mina Loy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total (with 10% discount): $182.76 </li></ul>Langston Hughes
  18. 18. In Conclusion <ul><li>A good start </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to collect poetry based on popular demand, expand the selection choices in light of patron favorites </li></ul><ul><li>More audio/visual materials when they can be found/afforded. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Poetry Month </li></ul></ul>Robert Frost