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Ffl collection development 101

  1. 1. FFL COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT 101 OCPL COLLECTION TASK FORCE MEETING 11/13/13 Presented by Monica Kuryla, Director of Innovative Information Access Fayetteville Free Library
  2. 2. Collection Management Analyze existing collection (at least once a year)  Set a goal (i.e need to make more room for X, so would like to create X amount of space)  Set up criteria for evaluation-ask yourself “what is reasonable?” (i.e. creation date, last circ, etc.)  Sample criteria: Physically older than 10 years Has not circulated in 2-3 years  Weed based on criteria  Determine whether to replace lost, m/t copies  Review gaps in collection (nonfiction, series by author, classics, etc.)
  3. 3. Collection Management cont. Simply Reports Use for Collection Management  Identify items in your collection that are in Missing/Trace or Lost status  Fixing bad records-call numbers that are misspelled or wrong  Weeding-using the criteria of: barcode, call #, title, item creation date, last circ transaction date.  Can be used to identify gaps in the collectiontitles in a series missing, etc.
  4. 4. Building a Patron Driven Acquisition Collection   Start with the list of bestselling authors (it‟s a sure thing). Order # of copies based on popularity (i.e. 6 copies for the new James Patterson, etc.) Analyze stats/Run reports (Simple Reports & Holds Manager) Listen to what the readers want, not necessarily what reviewers say Simply Reports can be used to determine which titles to order per format Sample criteria for purchase: More than 2 holds by FY patron (pickup) Additional copies based on >20 holds per title Holds Manager can be used to identify how long your patrons have been waiting for a title and whether or not you have a copy
  5. 5. Building a Patron Driven Acquisition Collection cont. Familiarize yourself with a variety of sources by keeping up with the “buzz”: NPR books, NYT book review, Early Word blog, Cindy Orr‟s Reader Advisory Online blog, People magazine, Books on Air-author on talk shows, etc.  Anticipate popular topics, including most anticipated books of the upcoming season, events (i.e. Catching Fire Movie, etc), books to film  Patrons DO judge a book by its cover! 
  6. 6. What to Rethink     Continuing Order Plans Playaways, Large Print, Audio CDs, Print Reference, Music CDs Databases Program costs
  7. 7. Readers Advisory Ways to provide readers advisory service: 1) In person-over the desk interactions and in the stacks conversations 2) Virtual form- a more in depth way to create a customized reading list 3) Opportunities to discover new title independently: Using in house and virtual displays-readalikes/topical Print lists-bookmarks/brochures with custom booklists Virtual lists that link to catalog via the web Types of readers advisory:  Title readalike (ex. My favorite book was “The Help”…I am looking similar for books)  Author readalike (ex. My favorite author is “Janet Evanovich”….I am looking for similar authors)  Genre readalike (ex. I am looking for a good British Mystery..)  Book Club pick (ex. I am looking for my next book club pick..)  Custom Book Recommendation (form submitted via email)
  8. 8. Readers Advisory Reference Interview   Most frequently asked question: “I am looking for a „good book‟..Do you have any suggestions?” Interview Tips:     What is the last book that you read and liked? Do you have a favorite author? What are you in the mood for? Parents of children, spouses/children of seniors -Ask what genre they might be interested in (do they like humor?, etc.) -Don‟t necessarily focus on age for children, but rather get hints of what author or genre they read in the past.
  9. 9. Creating Conversations with Readers It‟s about conversation/connection with library- approach readers in the stacks! For example: “Are you content to browse or would you like some suggestions?” “What are you in the mood to read?” “What are the last 3 books you enjoyed?”-listen for appeal terms  Make connections beyond personal reading-you aren‟t expected to read everything! Awareness of what is out there is the key. For example: “This author is supposed to be the next Steig Larsson..” “I just finished this and..” “I read a review that said..” “I heard and interview on NPR..” “I have heard a lot about that one..” “Critics are saying..”   **Invite the reader back to share!**
  10. 10. Readers Advisory Resources    Novelist database BookBrowse web based subscription Use displays/booklists For Book Clubs:  http://www.litlovers.com/  http://readinggroupguides.com/content/index.a sp  http://www.bookmovement.com/
  11. 11. Questions? Fayetteville Free Library Homepage: www.fflib.org Twitter: @fayettevillelib Facebook: www.facebook.com/fayfreelibrary Monica Kuryla Director of Innovative Information Access mkuryla@fflib.org @mkuryla Susan Considine Executive Director sconsidine@fflib.org @sconsidine