Nothing haunts librarians more than fear of failure—except fear of success. We can’t promise the public we’ll purchase the materials they request, because we’d be inundated. We can’t have a Minecraft program for teens—what if too many come? Are we expected to provide reference services to the hundreds of people in our university’s MOOC classes? We can’t market our homebound program, people might use it.ALA 2014 Midwinter Preview: The Librarian’s Guide to Paranoid Behavior
The skills that teachers think students need for the future …
I’m in research mode today, and I thought I’d share some of our top circulating ebooks for June 2013. No surprises here: Big Five best sellers rule, but not necessarily the newest.
Thought: buying best sellers is essential to making patrons happy and driving circulation. But there are a lot of ebooks out there beyond the usual popular subjects that could connect with your not-usual patrons. What groups, according to your library’s research, don’t use much downloadable media? What can you to do draw them into your library and contribute to your community’s culture?
A specific question for you collection development heads: How are you marketing your ebooks? I am deeply interested in the idea of cross-marketing print and e. Showing and telling could go a long way toward building on the discovery strengths of those of you lucky enough to have OPAC integration and/or Discovery Terminals.
There’s a lot of talk about how libraries should change, but very few ideas of how they should be shaped,” said Vaughn Tan, a member of the Harvard‘s University Library project. “Every library should figure out what they want to be and just do that.
From a very cool story on some of innovative approaches libraries are trying.
We also have a new report out today on the reading and library habits of younger Americans (under 30) — covers not just usage but also their priorities and expectations for public libraries, + special analysis of 16-17, 18-24, and 25-29 year-olds.
Virginia Woolf memorably wrote:
I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
Here’s to the glorious geography of ransacking: A stride-stopping map of the distribution density of public libraries.
In addition, we have a treasure trove of data and research on America’s libraries — who uses them, what we use them for, and what the future of libraries might look like.
If you want to be culturally literate, skim. But we all have to give ourselves permission to quit.
- Radical advice from a librarian quoted in a WSJ piece about when (and if) to quit books without finishing them.
As I think I’ve admitted before, I’m usually fine with dropping a non-fiction book, but I have the hardest time walking away from fiction. Usually the denial is too strong for me to admit defeat outright – instead I leave the book next to my bed (within easy reach! just waiting for the right mood to strike!) and put the new book I’m reading on top of it. Hopefully I’m more engaged in that book, but if something else comes along, it stays on the stack. This continues over a period of months until either the stack gets too tall (or in times of fast reading and/or prudent book-buying choices, when I move.)
Photo: John Harris, son of Michael and Hilda Harris, 1934 - State Library of Queensland, Australia
If you’re trying to raise a reader, you need your library. It’s too expensive and somewhat wasteful to buy the hundreds of books a young reader goes through in those first years of learning to read.Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading: Select quotes from parents and library staff (via pewinternet)
To me, a library … is a necessity. They have lots of things to offer. It’s kind of like home room for your community. If you want to find something out then you just ask. And they have a lot of things that they offer that they don’t advertise.Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading: Select quotes from parents and library staff (via pewinternet)
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