Collection Development


Free Music CD's for libraries (no not THOSE)

mdoneil writes "The United States Air Force Band will give libraries free CDs to add to their collections.

For information go to the USAF Band website.

There are also some spiffy MP3s. I am listening to a Gershwin medley as I type this."

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 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.

The Librarian's World and Welcome to It

An Anonymous Patron spotted an "Amusing and all too true...." story in which Dennis Dillon, assistant director for collections and information resources at the General Libraries of the University of Texas at Austin, chronicles his day.

Professor Jones really wanted that journal!

Updating library collections: A global challenge:

"Shortly after Iran fell to Islamic revolutionaries in 1979, a book dealer sending volumes to Harvard's libraries cut out pictures of the deposed Shah so that the books would not be confiscated."

"The removed pages were sent separately later, but the incident illustrates the lengths that dealers and Harvard library collectors have to go to keep collections of regional publications current."

"The Iranian example was just one of many given on Thursday (May 8) during the Spring 2003 Librarians' Assembly, which brings together librarians from across the University and which was held in Harvard Hall." (from The Harvard Gazette)

Hat collection at library is a crowning success

I just love stories about unique library collections. Here's A Short One on the Chariton Public Library. There is currently a spring hat collection on display at the library that is on loan from the Lucas County Historical Society Museum in Chariton. The collection will be on display during April and May.

Getting shelved

Someone passed along This WorldMag Article that wonders...Does WORLD belong on the periodical shelves of public libraries and the libraries of public universities?

It seems Joel Belz is having some trouble getting WORLD into his local library, and someone else had the same trouble at the state university where she is an alumna.

"Does WORLD belong on the periodical shelves of public libraries and the libraries of public universities? That is, of course, not my job to determine. But just because these institutions are public, it seems altogether appropriate to ask those in charge to make public what their policies and criteria are for making such decisions."

Collection Management or Dumbing Down?

Ron Force writes \"The Seattle Weekly has a story about the Seattle Public Library\'s cutting their journal collection by 25%. Users and librarians are worried that unique research titles are being sacrificed to maintain popular, but shallow titles.

\"Food librarian Linda Saunto howled when she saw the magazine Slow Food marked for cutting--in this hotbed of the Slow Food movement--and got assurances it will be retained. But librarians worry that such off-center choices, which serve Seattle\'s special needs and quirks, will disappear from the increasingly mainstream collection. \"The library will end up with a very bright, shiny collection,\" says Sheets, \"just like every other library in the country.\"

Scripps may lose its priceless collections

If you\'re in the market for strange deep-sea creatures, tropical wonders and exotic zooplankton , Scripps Institution of Oceanography Might Be Selling.
The institution\'s leaders have approved budget cuts that within two years will wipe out all state budget funding to maintain and manage its oceanographic collections, about $300,000 per year.

Weeding in the NY Times

Ron Force writes \"The New York Times has a
on the art and science of weeding library collections.\"

Free registration required.

A New Theory on Mapping the New World

Although the Washington Post has an increasingly annoying web site, they also have some good stories, This Being One.

In 1507, a group of scholars
working in France produced an
extraordinary map of the world, the
first to put the still-recent
discoveries of Columbus and others into a new continent separate from Asia,
and to call that continent "America." With the Waldseemuller map, the New
World was born.
It also shows South America, which leads some to believe that Portugal, Spain's great rival, sponsored
a secret expedition around 1500 that traveled through the Strait of Magellan,
around Cape Horn and up the coast of the Americas. The map s currently at the Library of Congress, which is trying
to raise $10 million to buy it. The library still needs $3.5 million.

When Heroes Faced Down Injustice and Terror

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Surely a must for all future collecting by American libraries - THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, a new PBS series starting tonight."

The NYTimes Says The four hours include chilling descriptions and unbearable pictures of lynchings, some well into the 20th century. A third-generation Klansman recalls one he attended as a child, describing the hanging as matter-of-factly as if it had been a football game. To Vernon Jarrett, a journalist, ritualized lynching of blacks had "religious and patriotic connotations," a worship of segregation.


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