Collection Development

Patrons bid on mystery boxes of weeded books

Here's how the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (WA) deals with weeded (excuse me, deselected) books: They box them up randomly and offer them to bidders who have no idea what they'll be getting. The library made a little over $2100 on 76 boxes of books...at least enough to recoup the cost of advertising. There's also some explanation of why and how libraries weed (excuse me, deselect). More here from The Columbian.

Here's another lengthy, older piece on weeding that I found this weekend, as the library where I work is about to undergo a serious weeding (excuse me, deselecting) project. It's from Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life.

Singing the Praises of Centralized Selection Process

Here's one from Library Journal touting the benefits of centralized collection development, based on the experiences of the Phoenix Public Library system.

It has not always been easy to make the transition to centralization. Some librarians resisted the loss of the selection task, which is widely recognized as a high-level professional responsibility. We responded by encouraging all of the librarians to see selection as just one of many professional assignments and to take credit for the new professional tasks they are now able to tackle.

The author makes some very good points, but it's one of those issues that makes me feel very bristly.

Access formats revealed

Gary Price writes "CLIP Reports On A new web resource for visually-impaired people was launched last September. A union catalogue of materials in accessible formats and a database of suppliers combine to create a truly informative service, says Ann Chapman."

Intelligence Bibliography

nbruce writes "J. Ransom Clark, the Vice President for Administration at Muskingum College in New Concord, OH, has prepared an extensive bibliography for the web titled The Literature of Intelligence:
A Bibliography of Materials, with Essays, Reviews, and Comments.
It is quite up to date, including the 9/11 hearings. Could be helpful for librarians looking for comprehensive sources."

Librarian Defends Book on Pot Growing

Betsy Bernfield, Director of the Teton County (CO) Library, is defending the availability of "The Marijuana Grower's Handbook," saying that it was selected in adherence with the library's selection policy. As reported in this story, a local resident complained about the book, demanding a explanation for its selection. The book was reviewed and retained, with Bernfield saying it was the library's job to provide information, not to control it. The rest of the story is at the Casper Star Tribune. There's another story here.

Urban Literature Grabs Young Adult Readers

Here's a story from the Toronto Star about the growing demand for Urban Literature by younger readers. According to the article, urban literature is a genre that "appeals to teenage girls and young adults who want to read books that reflect the raw voices of inner city life and the hip-hop culture that informs it." Urban lit authors that most librarians might recognize include Eric Jerome Dickey, Sister Souljah and Sharon Flake. I highly recommend the article to YA librarians and those who buy popular fiction. Time to weed out a few of the extra copies of Harry Potter and make room on the shelf for this genre.

Starbucks to Offer Custom Digital Music CDs

Visit a Starbucks, and you can download music and create your own CD. It will cost $6.99 for the first five songs and $1 for every individual track after that. Included in the price: a labeled CD and jewel case. Alabama Times Daily

A Different Way to Select Books for Your High School Library

Deb Waugh writes "The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library offers many excellent resources for high school librarians. Sign up today for their Online Book Clubs. You'll receive the first few chapters of new books in your e-mail, giving you a chance to form a first-hand opinion of them."

Locus 2003 Recommended Reading List

Locus magazine has published its 2003 Recommended Reading List of science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles. The list of hundreds of titles includes Darwin's Children by Greg Bear,
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, and The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King . Also included are anthologies, novellas, and related non-fiction. A great resource for collection development or just leisure reading.

Building libraries abroad

Here's A Dallas News Story [Reg. Required] on University of North Texas professor, Carol Simpson, who has devoted the last two summers to making sure that libraries are available to schoolchildren in Negril, Jamaica, and Chiang Rai, Thailand. She's led groups of UNT students to both towns to catalog thousands of donated books and set up libraries.

"We didn't want to come in like a fairy godmother, wave the magic wand and create a library and then go," said Dr. Simpson, assistant professor at the university's School of Library and Information Sciences. "We wanted to create something that they would be able to maintain and continue to be able to use. We wanted to use a real library as a laboratory. -- Read More

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