With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.
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.
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.
- 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.)