First, here is the basic info:
Give Them What They Want: Reader-Focused Collection Development
Saturday, June 222:30 PM - 3:30 PM Location: Washington Convention Center, 143A
Readers are flocking to library’s leisure collections. To make smart collection choices, we must look further than circulation statistics and learn what our entire community desires. Our presenters are using methods suitable at libraries of any size to incorporate patron wishes into collection development, making readers integral to the whole process.This panel is a continuation of the Email Convo our committee had back at the end of April. You can click here to read the notes from that conversation. [Thanks to co-chair Magan Szwarek for getting those put together.]
From complex patron-driven acquisitions plans at large library systems, to bite-size surveys at the smallest libraries, to prioritizing patron requests, to canny materials displays, all of these librarians are finding innovative ways to put what readers want front and center, and to ferret out even the hardest-to-discover reading desires.
We are very excited to continue the conversation in DC. Here is the inside scoop [since I am the moderator] not only on the panelists [which obviously you can see on the website for the conference] but also on what they are going to specifically address.
I have asked each panelist to talk about how they put the reader first in their work at their libraries and within the context of their speciality. We have worked very hard to have an inclusive group who work across the full spectrum of public libraries.
First, will be our tag team of collection that serves their public.
Second, we have Jcollection development also.
Third, immediately following Jennie we have a representative from our smallest library, Rebecca Bartlett, the Collection Services Manager at the La Grange Public Library [IL] which serves just over 15,000 people in the suburbs outside of Chicago. Despite the small size of her library, Rebecca has become a national expert in crafting collection development plans that put the reader first. She will talk about her process and how everyone can do it, no matter the size of their library.
And finally, Annabelle Mortensen, the Access Services Manager at Skokie Public Library [IL], will be speaking about how Skokie consciously crafts diverse and inclusive collections and how their patrons love it.
Each presenter will have 10 minutes for their topic, but then we have taken the 2 biggest issues that came out of the email convo, which are not being explicitly covered above, and I currently have the committee working on answers. Those issues are: