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Librarian’s Choice

This is Mary and Holly’s catch-all category. Here we feature posts about librarians and libraries as well as just some cool stuff we find.

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Making Children Count

Output Measures for Public Library Service to Children: A Manual of Standardized Procedures

I love me some output measures! Mary and I wrote the book on making stuff count. (Feel free to pony up $80 and buy a copy. The second edition is still available. It’ll change your life.)

But I digress.

This was a really useful book in its day! It suggests all kinds of things to count, but more importantly why you would want to count them and what kinds of decisions can be made with the data. There are blank forms in the back to set you on your way toward counting things.  Be still my heart, it’s like library p0rn! Picture book fill rates? Tabulating, interpreting, and using the results? Summer reading program surveys? Yes, yes, and YES!!

And yet, it has really dated photography and not nearly enough (if any??) mention of the use of technology in gathering data and reporting statistics. (Excel, anyone?) An update is sorely needed. Oooh, maybe Mary and I should seize the opportunity and expand our data-counting empire!

Happy National Library Week everyone!


More Library Measures:

Setting Up a Library

Manage That Small Library

Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries

Blinded by Library Science

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The Book Finder

The Book Finder: A Guide to Children’s Literature about the Needs and Problems of Youth Aged 2-15

It’s National Library Week! 

Time to consider weeding those professional collections.

Submitter: My library is doing away with its reference collection; items will be re-integrated into the circulating collection or weeded. I found this particular book in the juvenile reference section, on a very dusty shelf that never gets touched. While I like the idea of being able to find a book on a particular topic when a child is asking for it, there are many, many other sources I would use before I would pick up this particular volume. It’s ridiculously dated, and most of the titles in this book aren’t even in our collection anymore. I could see it being a useful addition to a SLIS library or archive, but in a public library it’s just taking up valuable shelf space.

Holly:  We have a new “book finder” these days. It’s called the online catalog.

More Book Finders:

Setting Up a Library

For Sex Ed, See Librarian

Films Kids Like

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Library Management for the 80’s

Managing the Public Library
2nd ed.

In honor of National Library Week, we have a few bonus posts to make sure you are also thinking about your professional collection. (When was that last weeded?)

This relic was published in 1984. I’m not sure what was updated or revised (or if it was updated or revised…) because the second edition still cites data from 1981-1982. (Really, really old data like per capita expenditures and revenues.)

There is barely a mention of computers, other than to say that computerization and automation could really help libraries improve the use of tax funds through “more effective use of personnel, and better control of resources” (p. xiii). Well, that’s certainly true – and has been for thirty-odd years.

The page on audiovisual services talks about how libraries often separate collections by format. You know, so that a patron who does not have access to a film projector won’t waste their time looking through film reels.

The marketing section focuses on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, flyers, and direct mail. Libraries may still use those venues in marketing today, but a more useful book on the topic would have to include e-newsletters, social media, mobile apps, and other techie techniques.


More Library Science:

Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries

So You Want to Be a Librarian

Manage That Small Library

Please Weed the Weeding Book

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