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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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Designing Collection Experiences: Selection

  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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