June 24, 2016

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner | Collection Development: Transgender Fiction & Nonfiction, June 1, 2016

The past ten years have seen dramatically increased visibility of transgender people in the public eye. For those in the community and those wanting to understand more about it, these 30 resources will fill in many of the blanks.

Selecting Spanish | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Fiction & Beyond, May 1, 2016

According to book purveyor Baker & Taylor, “sales of Spanish-language material has grown over the last three years to over $12M at list.” Need we say more? These 31 titles should bolster any collection or create a solid core for those starting out. ¡Vámonos!

Pushing for Potus | Collection Development: Political Campaigns, April 1, 2016

This year’s race for president is hot and heavy, but it may not be all that unusual as campaigns go. These 29 resources offer an abundance of information on the roots of elections, how to become a more effective voter, and the evolving role of women in politics.

Unpacking Brazil: Collection Development, March 1, 2016

Going to the Olympics in Rio or planning a trip via armchair, these sources will help travelers make the most of their time.

Learning the Craft | Collection Development: The Business of Writing

Books on the craft of writing often fall into three categories: the practical, meant to teach readers to construct entertaining works; the academic, meant to mold the aspiring writer into an artist; and titles that are a mix of the two. Whatever an aspiring writer’s needs, these 30 resources should help wannabes become wordsmiths.

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

You’re the Boss. Now What? | Collection Development: Building a Small Business, December 1, 2015

Between new technological options and the desire to return to handmade and local goods, there are plenty of opportunities for new and small businesses—and plenty to learn. These 25 resources combine the latest and lasting advice for new entrepreneurs.

iTeach, iLearn, and iConfused | Collection Development: Technology Education, November 1, 2015

With the ever-increasing pace of computer processing, devices are quickly becoming outdated. Librarians must find relevant, long-lasting titles in a field that shows no signs of slowing down and supplement with continuously updated digital resources to keep current on changing specifics. These 31 resources will add to tech collections.

Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015

Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

Format Follows Function

When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.