Collection Development


ISBNs are Getting LONGER. Get The Facts, and the FAQ

For librarians and booksellers alike, ISBNs are a critical identifier of which titles they have on the shelf, and which ones they'd like to acquire. R.R. Bowker is increasing the ISBN number to 13 digits, so it's time to get the low-down on these big numbers coming down the pike.

Here's information from Bookweb, and here's a seven page FAQ in pdf format.

The Video Game Librarian, Six Months Later

the_anarchivist writes: "John Scalzo, a librarian who decided to add PlayStation 2 games to his public library's collection, reports back with the success his idea has found, including a list of the most popular titles in his library. Read the complete article at Gaming Target."

Free Korans Available, says USA Today

Kelly writes "Get a free copy of one of the better translations of the Koran for your library (web url to order it online is explorethequran.orgUSAToday, which is where I saw this mentioned says, "Americans curious to crack the mysteries of Islam are about to delve by the thousands into the challenging text that inspires Arabic calls to prayer, worldwide pilgrimage and jihad: the book known to Muslims as The Holy Koran. Baraa Jaghlit packages up Korans for shipping in Beltsville, Md.
Almost 4,000 people have jumped at an offer from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to send a free copy of Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation of the Koran (also spelled Qur'an) to whoever wants one. Publisher Amana Publications stands ready to ship as many as 25,000 starting this week..." For more information, go to"

Amazon RSS Feeds of Books and Everything!

Cliff Urr writes "Wow - this is SO cool! Custom make RRS feeds - to be read in your RSS reader - of new items in Amazon's catalog!! According to the wonderful "Lifehacker" web site, "Developer DeWitt Clinton has put together a search of Amazon’s product base with results available in an RSS feed, so you can keep up with item prices and availability right in your newsreader." Check it out here:"

Cookbook Heaven Opening in Ann Arbor

On May 14, the William L. Clements Library on the University of Michigan campus at Ann Arbor will open a special collection--
The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive containing thousands of items from the 16th to 20th centuries - books, ephemera, menus, magazines, graphics, maps, manuscripts, diaries, letters, catalogues, advertisements, and reference works from the Renaissance through to the last century, all having to do with food and its preparation.

Only half the books in the new Longone Center for American Culinary Research are cookbooks, the other half are travel books, food encyclopedias and dictionaries, biographies, diet books and histories of inns, restaurants, taverns, sugar, grapes, bananas, winemaking, cooking equipment - anything touching upon food and drink. New York Times and the archive website provide additional information,Update: 05/05 20:14 EST by B:corrected link

earning pop culture DVDs for your library

deborah writes " Whedonverse is running a raffle to raise money to donate Buffy and Angel DVDs to libraries. "The Whedonverse Multimedia Project is a fan-based organization whose mission is to bring Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel the Series, and Firefly to public libraries and charitable groups that have requested help in adding them to their collection." Hey, my home library is on the short list. Cool."

The Video Game Librarian

John Scalzo worked hard to assemble a collection of video games for an unnamed library and wrote a fantastic article for Gaming Target about the experience. The ground rules were simple: no mature games like Grand Theft Auto and no Simpsons games (d'oh!). Anything else available from the library's approved vendor was, you should pardon the expression, fair game. See what he picked and why in the full article. (Via Kotaku)

Lesbian and Gay Literature Newsletter

There's a new website with information on book choices in the gay and lesbian genres, "Books To Watch Out For", a terrific resource for librarians in collection development.

After twenty years of publishing a popular newsletter 'Feminist Bookstore News', author and bookseller Carol Seajay has renewed her efforts to spread the word to the public about interesting reads from smaller and independent publishers on gay's a profile of the project from Poets and Writers .

A Quick Guide To the Academy Awards For Librarians

William Lamb writes "Last night the 77th Annual Academy Awards gave out the film industry's most coveted prizes in 21 different feature film categories. These categories range from Special Effects to Acting and Writing. Each year librarians check to see which award winners they own, which are available that they do not own and when other award winners will be released on DVD.

To make that task easier, we've compiled an easy-to-use list of all 12 award winning films in feature film categories. We have listed the films alphabetically by title, included the award(s) won by each film and the best information currently available for the DVD release of each film.

View the list"

A Quick Guide To the Grammy Awards For Librarians

William Lamb writes "Last night the 47th Annual Grammy Awards gave out the music industry's most coveted prizes in 105 different categories. These categories range from Pop Vocals to Polka. Each year librarians comb the awards lists to check their own collection for award winners that library patrons will be seeking. To make that task easier, we've compiled an easy-to-use list of all 68 award winning albums in musical, non-classical categories. However, instead of the traditional by-category list, we have placed them in a simple alphabetical-by-artist list with the award(s) won following the artist/title information."

Patron says "thought police" keep books from libraries

Daniel writes "In an article called Thought Police at the Library, Lew Rockwell columnist Gail Jarvis speculates why his local library did not accept his purchase recommendations:

"We know how political correctness has "cleansed" various organizations, but the damage it has done to public libraries has largely escaped notice. To illustrate how PC has imposed its censoring dictates on these essential facilities, I will use the Beaufort County Public Library in Beaufort, South Carolina. No doubt, it is well representative of other public libraries."

If you stick with the article, you'll find some possibly valid criticisms of how libraries are wedded to mainstream review tools to evaluate possible purchases. I have not read the books in question."

Library says DVDs, CDs reflect public taste

The Denver Post reports on the changing nature of library collections. The Denver Public Library spent nearly 22 percent of its materials budget last year on music CDs and movies, a ratio higher than its neighboring library districts and many of its national peers.

Library's No. 1 Reader Leaves Book Collection to Library

Anonymous Patron writes "News Out Of Iowa on Charles Loftsgard. When his family cleaned Charles Loftsgard's apartment after his death, the task proved monumental. The 70-year-old bachelor had accumulated thousands of volumes.

Loftsgard's family donated the collection --- an estimated 10,000 books --- to the Elgin Public Library.

"We don't know if he read all the books," said Karol Helgerson of West Union, his younger sister. "But as far back as I can remember, he was always reading, and I could never touch his books.""

Conflict & Pain of Throwing Books Away

search-engines-web guy dug up an article about a Massachusetts public library that has run out of space for new books. As a result, they've had to throw away weed deselect older books from the collection to make room for the new books coming in. They can't stop buying new books, even if they wanted to. In order to get state funding, they must spend 19% of their budget on new materials.

"Throwing away books is the worst thing a library can do," Robertson said.

"We try to pursue every option we can before we throw a book away," Bachtold added. "We're librarians."

Hate-inspired novels

Lindsey writes ""The Turner Diaries didn't just inspire a lot of extremist violence — it also inspired a lot of extremely violent novels." Read the article by Camille Jackson on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website: .jsp?aid=490
As librarians, should we include these books in our collections? If we do, can we defend our choice to potentially outraged patrons? If we don't, are we censoring? Would we purchase them if we live in a community with diversity problems? Are they indefensible in a library collection?"

Collection Bias for Conservative and Liberal Materials

Tomeboy has an interesting article at his website that analyzes collection development of liberal and conservative materials in libraries. Using WorldCat and other sources to compare library collections he comes to some interesting conclusions.

NIH Mulls Free, Oline Posting Of ALL Research

Anonymous Patron writes "This would really help academic libraries trying to find the money to pay the exhorbitant fees charged by scientific publishers...

Officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are considering requiring recipients of NIH grants to provide a version of their final research for posting on PubMed Central, an electronic archive. The proposal closely follows recommendations of the House Appropriations Committee that government-funded research be made available to the public for free. In a statement, the NIH noted that part of its mission is to share results of research that it funds. The statement also acknowledged that efforts to share such research must be balanced with the needs of scientific publishers, who have strongly objected to the proposed open-access model. Opponents of the proposal, including Martin Frank, executive director of the American Physiological Society, said that most journals post articles electronically and offer access to nonsubscribers for relatively small fees. Frank called the requirement to post articles on PubMed Central "an unnecessary expenditure of federal funds for a Web site that is redundant." Supporters of open-access publishing said that the proposal is the right move and noted that under the proposal, publishers would have six months before their articles would be made public, during which time anyone who wanted the article would have to pay for it. Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 September 2004 (sub. req'd)"

Unique Epistle-Based Collection Grows at Ohio Library

Heidelberg College's Beeghly Library is expanding its collection of books based on the correpsondence of famous and notable people. The library houses a

collection of books which chronicle the lives of many individuals through their letters. Some are famous, others simply tell the tales of their era. This resource was given to the college by the late Ralph Besse, a 1926 Heidelberg graduate.

The collection has nearly 8000 titles today, up from the 2500 titles donated by Besse in 1967. More here from the Advertiser-Tribune from Seneca County, Ohio. Heidelberg College is in Tiffin, OH.

Comics Fans List Essential Graphic Novels

tangognat writes "Some comics blogs and message boards have been discussing the topic "What eleven comics should libraries shelve?" Steve Lieber posted his list and more people followed with reccomendations. I've compiled the recommendations here. While some of the more popular titles mentioned are ones most libraries already have, there are some less well known titles like Ursula you might want to consider when building your graphic novel collection."

Lawsuit Results in Music Library Doesn't Really Need

The La Crosse, WI Public Library received 1,200 free music CDs as a result of a nationwide music industry settlement in a price-fixing lawsuit, but as has been reported with other libraries, two-thirds of what they received is useless to them. "The library received 18 boxes of duplicate copies of many of the selections, such as eight copies of Shawn Colvin's "Whole New You," seven copies of Handel's "Messiah," 15 copies of Samantha Mumba's "Gotta Tell You" and a box and a half of Everclear's "Songs from an American Movie."
Director Kelly Sigman said, "it's difficult not to come to the conclusion that the CDs were the companies attempt to clear their warehouses.
"I really don't think I need more than one copy of a 2-year-old album."
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