April 19, 2018

Developing Collections and Serving Diversity | PLA 2014

The Public Library Association (PLA) Conference comes around every other year, but that long wait may make it all the more special to attendees, many of whom described the biennial gathering as their favorite library conference. Held in Indianapolis, this year’s conference brought together librarians, publishers, authors, and vendors for three days of programming with a focus on issues like collection development, finding partners to help increase the impact of programs, and reaching out to patrons, especially those in underserved communities.

Book Buying Survey 2012: Book Circ Takes A Hit

With the economy still in the gutter, it’s hardly surprising that LJ’s 2012 Book Buying Survey of public libraries nationwide turned up a book budget decrease of more than two percent on average. Nor is it surprising that, as budgets are cut, some respondents have adapted their purchasing policies, particularly in the high-circ area of fiction. And with ­ebooks taking off, one might expect the materials budget breakdown to shift somewhat in their direction.

Print on the Margins: Circulation Trends in Major Research Libraries

Everyone knows, or ­assumes, that use of academic libraries’ physical collections—especially of printed books—is dropping. It’s been a topic of discussion for years, and statistics bear out the conventional wisdom: the 2007-08 statistical report of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) indicates a 26% drop in initial circulations for its member libraries since 1991, while […]

Reference BackTalk: Shift Happens–“Moving Reference to Circulation

After much reflection, the Middlesex Community College Library in Connecticut took the plunge last summer. Are we talking a day at the beach? A dip in someone’s pool? No, not as refreshing as that, although we did feel as if we were drowning at times. The plunge was our decision to intershelve reference books with […]