ALA Annual is just around the corner, so mark your calendars for "Fantastic Voyage: Reference Service in an Ever-Shrinking Print Environment," on Monday, July 1, 2013, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place, Room S102A. Today's librarians rely less and less on print resources, but print collections still occupy prime space in libraries. How are libraries managing these collections—and their users—in today's environment? I'll be moderating the panel, which includes David Tyckoson discussing the use of print reference materials and circulating reference collections, Nicolette Warisse Sosulski discussing reference service in a completely print-free environment, and Melissa DeWild discussing bookstore-style shelving for collections. I'm delighted that this issue's interview features Melissa DeWild, talking in-depth about her library's transition.
There are a wealth of collection-development and readers'-advisory programs at Annual, and I've picked out some of the most interesting looking ones in the "Annual Conference 2013 Preview." Don't forget that we'll be holding a focus group on collection development on Saturday, June 29, and I'd love to send you a personal invitation. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the details, because as you know, I'm always interested in hearing more of your ideas for collection development and readers' advisory. Case in point, the newest installment of "Weeding Tips" is inspired by the many weeding stories that have been shared with me by librarians from across the country.
This issue also features a look at how Baker & Taylor can help you manage downloadable audiobooks in "At the Corner of Baker & Taylor." And, as a nod to both audiobooks and summertime, don't miss Mary Burkey's "Voices in My Head: Summertime and the Listening Is Easy."
—Rebecca Vnuk, Editor, Reference and Collection Management, Booklist
Attending ALA Annual in Chicago next month? We'd like to talk to you about the tools you currently use for collection development. Please email Rebecca Vnuk at email@example.com for an invitation to a special Booklist in-person focus group opportunity.
by Rebecca Vnuk
If you're joining us in Chicago for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, be sure to take note of the following programs (descriptions taken from the ALA Conference website). There are a number of programs relating to reference, collection development, and readers' advisory—check the published conference guide or the online conference scheduler for more and to confirm locations.
Collection Development & Community Expectations: Managing Collections and Balancing Resources in an Era of Budgetary Constraints.
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S403.
With declining budgets and fewer resources, librarians must make difficult decisions to meet their library's overall mission. A panel of experienced librarians will share examples of how they have met the challenges of managing various types of library collections, and how they continue to manage the expectations of their diverse customer groups.
Beyond Genre: Exploring the Perception, Uses, and Misuses of Genre by Readers, Writers, and Librarians.
Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. McCormick Place Convention Center, S404d.
Authors Laura Lippman, Margaret Dilloway, and Naomi Novik discuss the ways genre is used to sell books, the limitations of reading within a genre box, and the challenges "genre" poses for readers' advisors.
by Rebecca Vnuk
Melissa DeWild is the collection-development manager for Kent District Library in Kent County, Michigan. Recently, the entire district abandoned the Dewey Decimal shelving system, and Melissa was kind enough to share their experience with us. She'll also be a panelist for the Booklist Reference Program at ALA Annual 2013, discussing the "Dewey-Free" project on Monday, July 1, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., McCormick Place, Room S102a.
Rebecca: Tell us a little about yourself and your position.
Melissa: I took a well-traveled route to becoming a librarian—starting out as a shelver and working my way up. When I realized that there was a library job out there that would let me focus on buying books, I was ecstatic! I've been the collection-development manager at Kent District Library (KDL) for eight years now and oversee the Collection Development Department's centralized selection of all materials for our 18 branches. Along with analyzing the collection, budgeting, and working on new projects, I also currently select adult fiction and adult audiobooks (print and digital) and large print.
Rebecca: How has your position changed over the last few years?
Melissa: It's changed a lot! Since I've been in this position, we've implemented centralized selection and floating collections and greatly increased our digital collection. Collection development is never boring!
by Mary Burkey
It's no mystery that listening to audiobooks in the car drives audiobook circulation and sales. A 2012 survey by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) found that adults listen while commuting in the car and on vacation driving trips and that youngsters under the age of 18 also listen to audios with their parents while traveling around town or out on the open road. So what genre is the preferred choice? Mystery is the overwhelming favorite of 47 percent of all listeners. Nearly half the survey respondents listed "entertainment for a long drive or trip" as the reason for their first audiobook experience, and a strong proportion of listeners indicated that "listening to an audiobook is good entertainment for a long drive or trip." Why should librarians care about these details? The APA survey found that 42 percent of audiobook listeners borrow titles from the library.
At the Corner of Baker & Taylor: Audiobook Technology Advances Meet Evolving Patron Demands
Weeding Tips: Tales from the Front
Annual Conference 2013 Preview
Notes from the Field: Going "Dewey Free" at Kent District Library
Voices in My Head: Summertime and the Listening Is Easy
Baker & Taylor Best-Sellers
Audiobook Technology Advances Meet Evolving Patron Demands
by Michael Bills
Since smartphones were introduced just a few years ago, their popularity has grown at an astounding pace. Roughly 180 million Americans—half of the U.S. population—now carry smartphones and use them to access information and content instantly. Libraries, of course, are very familiar with customer demands for content. But as smartphones, tablets, and other personal technology become ubiquitous, consumers are increasingly expecting content to be delivered to them, where they are, on their terms. Fortunately, there are now many ways for patrons to discover and access a library's content from wherever they are, and the technology is becoming easier to use all the time.
For example, look at the recent advances in audiobooks and how Baker & Taylor has integrated them into the Axis 360 digital media platform with a new service called Acoustik.
Think about it in terms of a library's collection. Just 10 years ago, the audiobook collection likely consisted of books on cassette tapes and compact discs. Then Findaway World introduced Playaway, an individual, preloaded device with a single digital title. In all of these cases, patrons had to come into the library and check out the tape, CD, or Playaway device.
by Rebecca Vnuk
I've spent a lot of time in Corner Shelf talking about weeding, and now it's time for our readers to chime in. Everyone seems to have a weeding horror story, and several librarians have shared theirs with me. Read on, and see if you can relate—or feel a sense of relief that perhaps your weeding experience wasn't so bad!
"While working in a large academic library, I chose to weed the law books in the circulating collection. Over 75 percent were outdated, and they were discarded. We never had a single complaint about such a huge weed—it appeared that no one ever missed them!"
"I happened to open a book one day and pulled out the date-due card. It looked heavily foxed, indicating it was ancient—only to find that the bottom of the card was pristine white. I decided to have a look at some more books and found the same issue. So I asked a long-term employee when the collection had last been weeded, and she said never. I went into my office and drafted a one-page set of weeding principles. I presented it to my city manager and explained that it was time to rotate the stock. He said OK, and we pulled a substantial chunk of the collection, including a mass of hopelessly outdated nonfiction."
Top-selling books at Baker & Taylor in June for teens, children, and adults.
Top Titles for Teens
- The Moon and More, by Sarah Dessen
- The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr
- The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson / Ben McSweeney
- School Spirits, by Rachel Hawkins
- Life after Theft, by Aprilynne Pike
- Mystic, by Alyson Noël
- Towering, by Alex Flinn
- Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Eternity Cure, by Julie Kagawa
- Winger, by Andrew Smith
Top Titles for Children
- A Big Guy Took My Ball!, by Mo Willems
- The Activist, by John Grisham
- Thea Stilton and the Legend of the Fire Flowers, by Thea Stilton / Sabrina Ariganello / Michela Frare / Daniela Geremia / Cristina Giorgilli
- Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker / Tom Lichtenheld
- A Hidden Enemy by Erin Hunter
- Doll Bones, by Holly Black / Eliza Wheeler
- Big Nate: Genius Mode, by Lincoln Peirce
- If You Want to See a Whale, by Julie Fogliano / Erin E. Stead
- Dogs in the Dead of Night, by Mary Pope Osborne / Sal Murdocca
- Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!, by Mem Fox / Laura Ljungkvist
Top Titles for Adults
- Inferno, by Dan Brown
- Deeply Odd, by Dean R. Koontz
- And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
- Zero Hour, by Clive Cussler / Graham Brown
- The Ophelia Cut, by John T. Lescroart
- A Step of Faith, by Richard Paul Evans
- Classified, by Fern Michaels
- The Kill Room, by Jeffery Deaver
- A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg, by Jeff Shaara
- Little Green, by Walter Mosley