Collection Development a la Carte v.2


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Many links to accompany conference presentation at Reading Forward South, 30 September, 2011, in Springfield, IL. The idea: take advantage of free Internet resources to save subscription money and to supplement using professional review journals for library collection development.

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  • Collection Development a la Carte v.2

    1. 1. Discover a range of free or low-cost collection development tools from which you can pick and choose to enhance your workflow and your library's offerings. Mary Wilkes Towner Reaching Forward South—30 September 2011 Collection Development à la Carte
    2. 2. Three Review Journals You Know <ul><li>The Big Three all have hefty review sections, plus additional features & online options, some of which are free. </li></ul><ul><li>Booklist —ALA publication “Over 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, video, and DVD titles each year—with’Spotlight issues’.” </li></ul><ul><li>Library Journal— now Media Source Trade magazine for libraries, reviewing around 7,000 current & prepub books plus media. Condensed reviews for the “educated generalist” to help in selection. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Three Review Journals You Know <ul><li>Publishers Weekly Trade magazine for libraries, booksellers, publishers & agents Short, anonymous reviews scheduled 1-2 months before publication. </li></ul><ul><li>Waldman, Adele. &quot;Culturebox. Book Report: How four magazines you've probably never read help determine what books you buy.&quot; , posted 9/12/03. (visited 9/22/11) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Pros & Concerns about The Big Three <ul><li>Our Ultimate Goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplement your review journals—Find additional budget-friendly resources providing timely & appropriate reviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established Conduits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respected in the profession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance notice of books you should buy & have available by the street date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vast array of reviewers, many of whom are specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They provide a certain amount of free resources online. For example, go to the Library Journal website and click on the “reviews” tab. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Pros & Concerns about The Big Three <ul><li>Concerns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews by professionals—not always by fans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited scope—there’s so much more out there, especially alternative & small press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have discretionary reading & what we purchase been commoditized by publishers trying to sell books? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost—print and online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews are printed in advance. How stay up with the latest buzz? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In a big library, access can be slowed down via routing </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Go Beyond Review Journals <ul><li>Mary’s tips and favorite sources—Lots o’ links </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of free resources via the Internet! </li></ul><ul><li>Too many librarian-useful sites to list. Network or search for your own and share! Today you’ll get a sample—primarily for adult materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Discover useful sites, bookmark them & visit regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>More importantly, arrange have the information sent directly to you, to save your time—and your budget! Sites may provide same info in multiple ways. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get alerts, newsletters & catalogs in your email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up RSS feeds to Google Reader or your preferred aggregator. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest Twitter and Facebook. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of Webinars & Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>It’s just not about books! Format is just as important. </li></ul><ul><li>It all starts with Current Awareness. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Current Awareness <ul><li>You need to know trends in formats to enhance your collection (ebooks, downloadables, print) </li></ul><ul><li>You need to know what’s going on in the library profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend conferences when you can afford to. (Consider a Virtual conference component, if one is offered.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to publishers & discover current topic trends and books they think will be hot. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network with colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Alert Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter & RSS feeds </li></ul>
    8. 8. Publishers & Organizations <ul><li>Visit booths at conventions to see what’s highlighted </li></ul><ul><li>Visit publisher websites </li></ul><ul><li>Freebies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher catalogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ARCs—Advance Reading Copies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library Thing Early Reviewers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forthcoming books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Baker & Taylor Forecast </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romance Writers of America— Romance Sells quarterly articles and upcoming title reviews </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Alert Newsletters & Awareness Sources <ul><li>PW Daily Newsletter (M-F)—receive a daily email reporting the day's most important information—big deals, personnel moves, sales information and technology developments </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>American Libraries- - free access online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Link of the Day </li></ul><ul><li>LIS News— Twitter, website, podcast </li></ul><ul><li>The Informed Librarian (annual fee) Journal tables of content; a selection of free articles provided each month </li></ul><ul><li>Google Alerts —set up a custom alert on a topic of your choice </li></ul>
    10. 10. Non Traditional Review Sources <ul><li>Popular magazines— People Weekly, National Enquirer </li></ul><ul><li>Fan magazines ( Print & Online) — Romantic Times Book Club, Locus </li></ul><ul><li>And going outside the box…. </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday Sale flyers—check out what Best Buy or Target are selling </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Wal-Mart—check out the titles they’re featuring </li></ul><ul><li>Internet resources are quickly becoming the new tradition. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Webinars <ul><li>Many are free. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up even if you can’t attend, because most are archived. You can watch/get the content at your convenience. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Journal Online —two recent webinars: Mystery Fall Announcements Christian Fiction Spring Roundup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Booklist Webinars —recent example: Ready for Romance? New Novels & Hot Trends </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. More Webinars <ul><ul><li>Webjunction Example: Crossover Books for Teens and Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>InfoPeople Geared more towards technical issues or library management, but all useful. Example: Killer Collections: Libraries Beyond Books </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Mailing Lists & Newsletters <ul><li>Free! Right in your email! </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing lists, such as Fiction_L (subscribe or search archives) </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Fiction/Fresh Press —books promoted on TV/Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Hey, Small Press —under-reviewed small press books </li></ul><ul><li>ForeWord Reviews —good books independently published </li></ul><ul><li>Early Word: the Publisher/Librarian Connection </li></ul><ul><li>ShelfAwareness —best 25 books published weekly </li></ul>
    14. 14. Mailing Lists & Newsletters <ul><li>Kirkus Reviews Weekly Reader Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Novel Reporter </li></ul><ul><li>Booklist-- Read Alerts, Online Exclusives </li></ul><ul><li>Library Journal— Booksmack, LJXpress, LJPrePub </li></ul><ul><li>New York Times Books Update Newsletter </li></ul>
    15. 15. Mailing Lists & Newsletters <ul><li>BookPage BooksPageXTRA & Book of the Day Newsletters Buy print issues at low cost for your patrons to take & enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>Book TV (C-Span 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Tyndale Book Club Hub newsletter </li></ul>
    16. 16. Websites—Bookmark ‘em! <ul><li>Reviews, and bibliographies, and lists, and series! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget the value of a good Google search </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>IndieBound Next List —Suggested by Independent booksellers </li></ul><ul><li>Roundup Magazine— We stern reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Kent District Library’s What’s Next —series! </li></ul><ul><li>Fantastic Fiction —series! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Websites—Bookmark ‘em! <ul><li>Nancy Pearl http://www.nancypearl.ecom </li></ul><ul><li>Bookwire (from Bowker Books In Print) </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Review Query Engine—collected, published reviews </li></ul><ul><li>VideoETA —DVD release dates </li></ul><ul><li>DVDTalk —Reviews of the actual DVDs—not the films </li></ul>
    18. 18. Bestseller and Awards Lists <ul><li>Don’t forget magazine and bookseller websites </li></ul><ul><li>Indie Bound —Independent book sellers across America </li></ul><ul><li>New York Times bestsellers </li></ul><ul><li>American Booksellers Assn Book Industry Awards </li></ul>
    19. 19. Social Networking Reviews <ul><li>Many of these sources are available multiple ways—Twitter, RSS, website. It’s up to your workflow and your preferences. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook —author and fan pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Hoyt, author </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Thing </li></ul><ul><li>Good Reads </li></ul><ul><li>Shelfari </li></ul><ul><li>Book Glutton </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious --It’s back!! </li></ul>
    20. 20. Blogs & RSS Feeds <ul><li>Use an aggregator, such as Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Readers’ Advisor Online blog </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Bitches, Trashy Books </li></ul><ul><li>Audiobooker </li></ul>
    21. 21. Twitter <ul><li>Brief bursts of awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Awful Library Books </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Novels feed for the Historical Novel Review blog </li></ul><ul><li>Erotic Romance </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Fiction </li></ul>
    22. 22. Stay In Touch and Share YOUR à la Carte Discoveries ! <ul><li>Mary Wilkes Towner </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Services Librarian/The Urbana Free Library </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunct Lecturer/U of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science (Adult Popular Literature) </li></ul><ul><li>The Urbana Free Library </li></ul><ul><li>210 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801 </li></ul><ul><li>217-367-4405 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>30 September 2011—Prepared for Reaching Forward South 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>c2011 </li></ul>