Collection Development

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." Read More.


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