Collections Management

  • Seven Answers to Seven Weeding Questions

    Deciding how to weed your library's collection can be daunting. Decisions about criteria and policies are important to address to provide guidance to weeders. Holly Hibner, Adult Services Coordinator, and Mary Kelly, Adult Services Librarian from the...

  • Unfolding History at Your Library

    In our information-saturated and social-mediated world, we are all subject to some filtering of the news we receive. It's a challenge to get the full picture of things happening, especially complex world events. Think back to the information landscap...

  • Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

    A report summarizing the results of needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities in US public libraries and state library agencies is now available from OCLC Research. The 2016 surveys explored areas including how many libraries are p...

  • 3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

    As individuals and communities react to conflict in the world, we're reminded of the ways in which libraries often serve as a sanctuary for those looking for physical or emotional safety. But unfortunately, even the committed and welcoming staff who ...

  • Leading toward Unfathomable Futures

    Last spring, I visited the Library of Congress for the very first time. As an aspiring librarian and unabashed lover of North American history, this was heaven. One of my favorite exhibits was Thomas Jefferson's Library, which is a reconstruction of ...

  • What Languages Do Public Library Collections Speak?

    In May of 2014, Slate published a series of maps illustrating the languages other than English spoken in each of the fifty US states. In nearly every state, the most commonly spoken non-English language was Spanish. But when Spanish is excluded as we...

  • Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

    The hobby board game market is booming. Everywhere news media outlets pronounce that board games are "making a comeback" or are "going through a golden age" or experiencing a "renaissance" or are "in full swing.&quo...

  • Something for Everyone

    The siren song of the Internet is difficult to ignore. Whether you consider yourself an active netizen or a casual visitor to the World Wide Web, you've likely observed that the amount of rich, educational resources is equaled, if not surpassed, by t...

  • "You're Not a Real Fan!": What Libraries Can Offer Fandom

    Fandom, enthusiasts surrounding a particular work or interest, is becoming increasingly popular. Members of fandom, as well as those researching this phenomenon, agree that it has a positive impact on individuals including improved social and technic...