The biggest takeaway from this project was that deselection of materials had a largely positive impact on the age of the collection, greater than just adding brand new materials could. It’s like trying to mix a grey paint; you’re going to need to dump a whole lot of white onto your black paint to get it to lighten up. It’s so much more effective if you take all the old, unused stuff away first. Committing to keeping up with how we are progressing towards our goals is the only way I would have found out that the time invested by liaison librarians into collection development has been paying off – and more importantly, just how much of an impact their actions made. I think it is so much more valuable to see that quantitative comparison in the data than to simply say “good job.”
If you’re trying to nab a copy of Prince Harry’s new memoir “Spare” from your local library, chances are you’ve got a long wait ahead of you.
Why it matters: The massive demand for the royal tell-all highlights how libraries remain a key public resource across America — and how a blockbuster bestseller forces them to make tough decisions to keep borrowers happy.
%u2018A very street library thing%u2019: in praise of sharing books with strangers
From chance encounters with neighbours to the 1970 Australian Women%u2019s Weekly Cookbook, a weekly trip to the street library is a special kind of joyv
Kids find a book sealed in a plastic sleeve, take it home to read, write their name in it, and then re-hide it or pass it on to a friend.
The books are hidden in shop windows, parks and around the streets.
The concept is simple and follows the global painted rocks craze, where kids hunt for painted rocks around their local neighbourhood.
Mum of 10, Samantha Dixon, started the trend after seeing it on a community Facebook page overseas.
When a sledgehammer isn’t really an option.
THE SLAB OF CONCRETE IS more than a foot tall, ten inches wide, and two inches thick. It weighs about 20 pounds, and it is cataloged in the University of Chicago’s library system as a book.
Thoughts of “home” often dominate the last two weeks of the year as people celebrate the holidays, so this week’s quiz is about novels at least partly set in states where their authors have also lived at some point. To play, just make your selection in the multiple-choice list and the correct answer will be revealed.