December 8, 2016

To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management

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Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after implementing floating than they did before materials were relocated? The Nashville Public Library undertook an experiment in floating with optimism. Did the results pay off? Here is how it all began.

A Toolkit for Taking Stock: Libraries Leverage New Metrics Driven by Data from collectionHQ

ILLUSTRATION BY HANK OSUNA ©2012

CHQ can extract data from any integrated library system (ILS) and then, through a suite of web-based modules, create a data-driven plan to build and deploy a library’s physical collection. CHQ makes clear what materials to buy and in what quantity to meet patron demand. It also makes transfers among branches and weeding quick, evidence-based activities.