Category Archives: Collection Development

Reinventing the library wheel

At my library we are currently giving every one of the 270,000+ items a new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag. Everyone from every level is expected to put in some time tagging, because we rented the machines to program the … Continue reading

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So Quiet You Don’t Know They’re There

Chances are, there’s a group in your library that keeps such a low profile, you hardly even notice them. When their work is executed perfectly, they become invisible. And that means they don’t get nearly enough love from their colleagues! … Continue reading

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The wrong cover

Fair warning: This contains spoilers for Summer of the Gypsy Moths One of the best things about being a book reviewer a decade ago was that the books came to you with generic covers. The title would be on there, … Continue reading

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All awards are not equal

I worry sometimes about the proliferation of book awards, particularly the ones that enable a publisher to slap a shiny seal on the front of a book. There are the longstanding, very meaningful awards like the Newbery and the Caldecott. … Continue reading

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Why have libraries? part 2

I’ve posted before about how much I love weeding. It’s extremely satisfying to pull outdated books off of the shelf. You can congratulate yourself on getting old, yucky material off of the shelves, and you can go work on finding … Continue reading

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Why have libraries?

Okay, I’ll admit it…I am a little annoyed. My library is in the process of working on strategic planning, so we have a consultant for that, and we also are working with an architect.  These are both good guys, and … Continue reading

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Fare thee well, SATA!

I love Something About the Author.  I love all those pretty blue volumes sitting on the shelf.  I love learning about the authors, who are some of my very favorite people.  I love having the perfect resource when a student … Continue reading

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