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Designing Collection Experiences:
5. Selection
Roy Kenagy
rjkenagy@netins.net
www.whatwouldranganathando.org
October 29, 2...
What will selectors do?
Other than read reviews?
Traditional Selection | Criteria
What selectors do

How selectors decide
Cedar Rapids Public Library, a long time ago.
“In the hard-hitting
works of Harold
Robbins, even the
sacred isn't sacred.”
Sony Reader Store
Free Library of Philadelphia, home of
the original Greenaway Plan (1958).
Define Your
Objective
In war, then, let your
great object be
victory, not lengthy
campaigns.
Sun Tzu, Chapter 2
The Mission of Librarians is to Improve Society through
Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities.
R. David Lan...
“The Dude abides. I don't
know about you but I take
comfort in that. It's good
knowin' he's out there.
The Dude. Takin' 'e...
Conversation abides.
The mission of librarians is to help
readers create transformative meaning
in their lives and in the ...
Transformative meaning…
is pretty much by definition narrative.
Narrative transformation matrix
Narration

True crime

The Pentateuch

Martha Stewart cookbooks?

Celebrity diets

Mode

E...
Anticipation
Thus it is that in war the
victorious strategist only
seeks battle after the
victory has been won,
whereas he...
The half-life of texts
Publishing | Publicity | Reviewing

Word of Mouth
Pre-order
Academic approval plans
Automatically yours
Pre-duplicate
The Harold Robbins syndrome: Why you
should avoid relying on the volume of
holds when you add duplicates.
Selection / Acquisition /
Cataloging turn-around
Measure: Release time to shelf.
Reader requests
Purchase requests | Holds
The Selection Target
Format
Genre

Topic
Author
Series

Title
Placing a Bet
Popularity | Quality
Heterogeneous Granularity
We need all the clues we can get.
What is the best indicator of
future use of a library text?
Where can we find the best
evidence for the quality of a text?
Place your first bets on the titles
that have a track record.
Renewals
Renewal
Replacement | New editions |
Duplication
Exploiting the
Terrain
We may distinguish six kinds
of terrain, to wit: (1)
Accessible ground;
(2) entangling ground;
(3) ...
Professional Resources
Reviews | Databases | Bibliographies
Booklist Online
Pregnancy and
Childbirth titles
11 total
2010 – 6
2011 – 3
2012 – 2
Jobbers
Ingram | Baker and Taylor | Brodart
Etc.
Retailers
Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Half-Price Books | etc.
Benchmark Libraries
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Hennepin County (Minneapolis suburbs)
Allen County (Fort Wayne)
Skokie (Chicago suburb)...
Benchmark library holdings:
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Benchmark Library
Hennepin County
IUPLA [WorldCat]
Allen County
Skoki...
Increase in Number of Titles by Collection Scope
15

Title Increase multiple
High

12
Average

9

Low
6

3

0

Discontent,...
42 copies; 2008

31 copies; 2009

38 copies; 2009

27 copies; 2011

34 copies; 2009

26 copies; 2013
How many titles will you add annually?
Renewal
Weeding | Replacement | Duplication
Streaming
Eliminating foregone conclusions.
Collecting Artifacts

The resource sets
librarians traditionally
have “selected” from

Not to scale
Concentration
Keeping your balance on
the cutting edge.
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
Designing Collection Experiences: Selection
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Workshop presented October 29, 2013 in Waterloo, Iowa. Strategic public library selection, with a focus on refreshing the existing collection, streaming mainstream titles, and making careful decisions to concentrate the collection toward reader needs and demand. Fifth session in the Designing Collection Experiences series: http://bitly.com/18g71kR.

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  • Harold Robbins
  • $300 signed first edition
  • Emerson Greenaway, director at the time.
  • Strategic objective
  • Pent uh tuhk
  • Hennepin County Library has 41 branchesWhat to expect when you’re expecting – 42 copies; 2008The Midwife – 38 copies; 2009You having a baby - 34 copies; 2009What to expect before you’re expecting – 31 copies; 2009Your pregnancy week by week – 27 copies; 2011Healthy Pregnancy Book - 26 copies; 2013
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    1. 1. Designing Collection Experiences: 5. Selection Roy Kenagy rjkenagy@netins.net www.whatwouldranganathando.org October 29, 2013 Waterloo Public Library
    2. 2. What will selectors do? Other than read reviews?
    3. 3. Traditional Selection | Criteria What selectors do How selectors decide
    4. 4. Cedar Rapids Public Library, a long time ago.
    5. 5. “In the hard-hitting works of Harold Robbins, even the sacred isn't sacred.” Sony Reader Store
    6. 6. Free Library of Philadelphia, home of the original Greenaway Plan (1958).
    7. 7. Define Your Objective In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. Sun Tzu, Chapter 2
    8. 8. The Mission of Librarians is to Improve Society through Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities. R. David Lankes
    9. 9. “The Dude abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there. The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners.” The Stranger (Sam Elliott) in The Big Lebowski
    10. 10. Conversation abides. The mission of librarians is to help readers create transformative meaning in their lives and in the lives of others.
    11. 11. Transformative meaning… is pretty much by definition narrative.
    12. 12. Narrative transformation matrix Narration True crime The Pentateuch Martha Stewart cookbooks? Celebrity diets Mode Exemplar Pregnancy & childbirth manuals Deck-building manuals Travel guides Exposition Theory Practice Affordance Praxis
    13. 13. Anticipation Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory. Sun Tzu, Chapter 4
    14. 14. The half-life of texts Publishing | Publicity | Reviewing Word of Mouth
    15. 15. Pre-order Academic approval plans Automatically yours
    16. 16. Pre-duplicate The Harold Robbins syndrome: Why you should avoid relying on the volume of holds when you add duplicates.
    17. 17. Selection / Acquisition / Cataloging turn-around Measure: Release time to shelf.
    18. 18. Reader requests Purchase requests | Holds
    19. 19. The Selection Target Format Genre Topic Author Series Title
    20. 20. Placing a Bet Popularity | Quality
    21. 21. Heterogeneous Granularity We need all the clues we can get.
    22. 22. What is the best indicator of future use of a library text?
    23. 23. Where can we find the best evidence for the quality of a text?
    24. 24. Place your first bets on the titles that have a track record. Renewals
    25. 25. Renewal Replacement | New editions | Duplication
    26. 26. Exploiting the Terrain We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) entangling ground; (3) temporizing ground; (4) narrow passes; (5) precipitous heights; (6) positions at a great distance from the enemy. Sun Tzu, Chapter 10
    27. 27. Professional Resources Reviews | Databases | Bibliographies
    28. 28. Booklist Online Pregnancy and Childbirth titles 11 total 2010 – 6 2011 – 3 2012 – 2
    29. 29. Jobbers Ingram | Baker and Taylor | Brodart Etc.
    30. 30. Retailers Amazon | Barnes & Noble Half-Price Books | etc.
    31. 31. Benchmark Libraries • • • • • • • Hennepin County (Minneapolis suburbs) Allen County (Fort Wayne) Skokie (Chicago suburb) Multnomah County (Portland) County of Los Angeles Queens Iowa City
    32. 32. Benchmark library holdings: Pregnancy and Childbirth Benchmark Library Hennepin County IUPLA [WorldCat] Allen County Skokie Multnomah County County of Los Angeles Queens Iowa City Mean 2012 35 27 24 29 18 16 17 17 23 Publication Date 2011 2010 29 26 24 16 25 15 21 11 24 17 26 16 18 13 13 3 23 15 Mean 30 22 21 20 20 19 16 11
    33. 33. Increase in Number of Titles by Collection Scope 15 Title Increase multiple High 12 Average 9 Low 6 3 0 Discontent, Sadness, etc… Happiness Serenity Eternal Joy The Cat's Pajamas Collection Level Collection Scope Title increase multiple Low Average High Happiness 1 1 1 Serenity 2 2.5 3 Eternal Joy 4 5 6 The Cat’s Pajamas 8 10 12
    34. 34. 42 copies; 2008 31 copies; 2009 38 copies; 2009 27 copies; 2011 34 copies; 2009 26 copies; 2013
    35. 35. How many titles will you add annually?
    36. 36. Renewal Weeding | Replacement | Duplication
    37. 37. Streaming Eliminating foregone conclusions.
    38. 38. Collecting Artifacts The resource sets librarians traditionally have “selected” from Not to scale
    39. 39. Concentration Keeping your balance on the cutting edge.
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