GROUP PROJECT! The week of October 2 is Mystery Series Week, and I’m going to be featuring NCLS librarian favorites on our social media platforms. The catch? I need to know what your favorite mystery series are! Two rules only: The series needs to have at least two books published, and it needs to be available in our ILS or OverDrive. That’s all! Send me your favorites (series name and author) with what makes it your favorite – fast-paced, great setting, snappy dialogue, includes recipes (I see you, cozy readers) – anything goes! Deadline is Friday, September 2.
Just a reminder that NCLS is recommending that libraries adapt their collection development policy from the Collection Development Template and Toolkit provided by the Empire State Library Network. You can find it on the Collection Development page of our Director Guide.
And as I mentioned during our updates call this week, the perfect time to do a weeding project at your library is now! Contact your consultant to set up a visit for this fall. Want to know more about weeding before you start? Come to our October 6 class, Weeding for the Utterly Fearless!
“Weeding is essential for the health of every library collection. Not only does it remove materials that are outdated or in poor condition, but it also makes browsing easier, boosts your circulation statistics, and makes room for new items. A short presentation on best practices for deselection and disposal will be followed by an interactive segment where participants will evaluate titles on a case-by-case basis.” Sign up today!
Finally, #FridayReads: The book hoarding fever seems to have passed. I’m down to a manageable number, the latest of which is The Stranger Diaries, by Elly Griffiths. And yes, I have pre-emptively borrowed the next in the series because I know I’ll want it as soon as I’ve finished. Learned that one with Ruth Galloway, didn’t I? Okay, so maybe the book hoarding hasn’t passed after all. Happy reading!