To Float or not to Float: collection management

float To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management
By Noel Rutherford

Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after implementing floating than they did before materials were relocated?
The Nashville Public Library (NPL) undertook an experiment in floating with optimism. Did the results pay off? Here is how it all began.
After attending an American Library Association (ALA) Floating Collections workshop in 2009, I and many other librarians came away fired up about floating and its potential benefits for both our staff and customers. Many libraries had begun floating their collections as a way to decrease transit time and refresh collections without the need to purchase additional material. The intent behind floating—that local interests should drive what’s in the particular library’s collection—was appealing, and anything that made us more efficient had to be worth trying.Full article here

SHAME! Wisconsin School District Bows to Hate Group–Cancels Book Reading about Transgender Teen.

From the New York Daily News:

Wisconsin elementary school cancels reading about transgender teen after anti-LGBTQ group threatens lawsuit

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 4:18 PM

A Wisconsin elemejazz-book-312x217ntary school called off a scheduled reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a Florida-based non-profit threatened to sue.

The Mount Horeb Primary Center had planned to read “I Am Jazz,” a book based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, a 15-year-old transgender activist.

The principal sent home a letter to parents on Nov. 19, in advance of the reading, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune.

“We believe all students deserve respect and support regardless of their gender identity and expression, and the best way to foster that respect and support is through educating students about the issue of being transgender,” the letter said.

Then, religious activists stepped in. Full Article Here

An open letter to the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees about SPL’s “anti-book” agenda

branding-your-business_categoryBig trouble is brewing in Seattle over the very expensive– private funds or not– rebranding of the SPL– the public library every other public library loves to emulate. Whose library?

From the Seattle Review of Books

An open letter to the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees about SPL’s “anti-book” agenda

President Fujiwara and the Seattle Public Library’s Board of Trustees,

As Laurel Holliday reported for the Seattle Review of Books last week,public response to Seattle Public Library’s proposed rebranding campaign has been overwhelmingly negative. In fact, Holliday reports the response has been so negative that the board appears likely to kill the rebranding plan at or before their public meeting on Wednesday.

This is for the best. The rebranding was ill-considered, and it was presented to the public in an arrogant, unprofessional way. SPL librarians were not warned about the rebranding effort in advance, so they were unprepared when the angry public demanded answers.


Are Americans Falling in Love with Censorship?

A Harris poll suggests that 48% of Americans want to block children’s school-library access to books containing references to violence, and 60% want to block their access to books with explicit language. Photograph: Agencja

This from The Guardian: Freedom of speech campaigners hit back as a recent poll reveals an increasing appetite among US adults for banning books and restricting children’s access to ‘inappropriate’ library books.

Classifying books according to their suitability for different age ranges would be “ill-advised”, “unworkable” and would “raise serious concerns about censorship”, American free-speech campaigners have said, in the wake of a poll claiming that more than seven in 10 US adults believe a rating system similar to that used for films should be applied to books.

The Harris poll of 2,244 US adults was released in July, revealing that, in the space of four years, the percentage of Americans believing that some books should be completely banned has increased by more than half. In 2011, 18% of those surveyed wanted some books banned; in 2015, 28% agreed with the assertion. Just under a half, 48%, said that no books should be banned, compared with 56% in 2011.

Full article here

Chicago branch libraries to reopen Monday mornings this fall. About 100 lower-wage pages to be hired instead of librarians

From the Chicago Tribune:

By Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune reporter

8:33 p.m. CDT, July 16, 2012

Chicago Public Library neighborhood branches will reopen on Monday mornings this fall after the city hires more than 100 workers to replace librarians.

Because of budget cuts, the city’s 76 neighborhood branches were scheduled to be closed for four hours on Monday during the school year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon announced Monday that they will hire back 105 lower-wage library pages to staff branches and allow the city to offer a full day of service on Mondays without additional cost.
Read the full article here

Children dance and sing Monday during story time at Chicago's Northtown Branch Library, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon announced that the libraries will be open all day on Mondays in the fall. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / July 16, 2012)

MLS…the Worst Master’s Degree?

From The Washington Post

The worst master’s degree?
By Valerie Strauss

American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan was not amused by Forbes’ recent designation of the library and information science degree as the worst master’s for a student to pursue.

In this post , master’s degrees were rated based on salary, employment outlook and long-term opportunities.

Programs that train physicians’ assistants were No. 1 on the “best” list; computer science, second; electrical engineering, third. Leading the “worst” list was library and information science; English was second and music, third.

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