Special Edition: Collection Development and Weeding
This is a good time to focus on your collection: new items to add, areas to develop, and items that need to go. Even if you need to work from a distance, we've got tips and resources to get you started.
Start with the basics
Take a look at what's in your collection as well as what you're missing. Has your community changed and you need to catch up areas of your collection to reflect that change? More seniors perhaps, or more young children? What areas of your collection no longer reflect your community's needs? Do you get frequent requests for items your library doesn't have? What about out-of-date materials? Are you missing part of a series? If you have catalogers doing catalog cleanup, NoveList's complete series information can be really helpful to tie up loose ends in the catalog.
Review your microcollections
Now's the perfect time to dig into graphic novels, memoirs by activists, New Adult Fiction, or any other topic your community is into. Non-romance readers are falling in love with romantic comedies, so give them what they're hungry for! Here's a free "rom com" book flyer you can post to social media or email to patrons, featuring librarian-recommended, highly popular rom com titles listed in Core Collections. (LibraryAware customers can customize this flyer; search "romantic comedy" and under format, select flyer-books.)
Power shop with real-time stats
If you could peek over your patrons' shoulders as they search your catalog for books, you'd get some valuable insights into what they want to read next. Imagine knowing what authors and series your patrons are searching for most. (Hint: you may find a few surprises!) NoveList Select customers have access to real-time data with our Analytics Dashboard. And now with exportable charts and tables, it's easy to view and sort the titles, authors and series your patrons view in your catalog most often.
Pro Tip: Promote your collection using Reader Insights. Here's how.
The joys of weeding
If you're able to go into your library, it can be a great time for uninterrupted weeding. Can't get into the building? Stay at home and read these articles on the joys of weeding (no, really!) and why one librarian advises it's time to "stop creeping around in the dead of night, hiding discarded books in the bottom of the bin." Not that anyone does that. Ever.
We're here to help.
We've heard from many libraries looking for more in-depth professional development for their staff. We’ve got webinars on readers’ advisory and marketing your collection and services. Want more? You can hire a NoveList expert to lead a training that staff can do remotely. Get the conversation started by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.