Collection Development


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

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/08/2005 - 17:13

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.

Conflict & Pain of Throwing Books Away

Submitted by Anna on Fri, 12/31/2004 - 21:54

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.

Lawsuit Results in Music Library Doesn't Really Need

Submitted by Ieleen on Sun, 07/25/2004 - 21:15

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."