Collection Development Project Goes into Circulation THIS WEEK!

I’ve posted a couple times about a purchased books project I’ve been working on… Expanding the Lifespan of Paperbacks in the Jail Library & Sooo Much Urban Fiction — So Close To Being Added To The Jail Libraries!!!

This week is the week that 64 books will be put into circulation at the two county jail libraries. Books were split 30 % and 70 % which was a close resemblance to the number of patrons each library receives on average per week.

These books will have statistics collected on them to determine the lifespan and circulation periods of the books (there are no due dates, just a limit of books). But more importantly, patrons will have more books in circulation that are frequently requested – Urban Fiction!

Last month, in preparation for the books to go into circulation I presented to the volunteer librarians so we could:

  1. Get excited about Urban Fiction and the project in general
  2. Learn an introductory level about Manga
  3. Be familiar about the process how we might be able to track statistics on these special project books that would be as painless as possible to patrons and volunteer librarians

Below is a Power Point that guided us through the conversation. There is no citations for many of the information in the slides, but the Urban Fiction Resources tab holds most of the titles that I used.

Here are some pictures of from the presentation:

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What did other volunteer librarians think about the presentation and what came from our conversation?

When asked what volunteer librarians liked about Urban Fiction, they stated the following about the genre:

  • Urban Fiction gets people reading
  • Non-readers get interested in reading
  • Simple reading level with story line adults can relate to
  • Black characters and life
  • Patrons talk about books – recommend books to other readers & build community through books
  • Readers become writers
  • Urban Fiction is relatable

When asked what volunteer librarians liked about the project so far, they answered:

  • More Urban Fiction in the jail libraries
  • Statistics will be collected about circulation
  • Patron satisfaction
  • More reading

When asked what could be improved about the project, volunteer librarians expressed concerns about:

  • If patrons with requests for Urban Fiction will get their request filled first
  • If there should be a limit to Urban Fiction books checked out per patron
  • Anxiety about tallying the movement of these books (tracking the statistics) while completing other circulation tasks that need to be done
  • Requested list of books with notes for librarians has every book that has been purchased (ex: not just the 30% the one jail library has, but the full 100% for librarians’ reference)
  • Needing to be positive about collecting statistics with our patrons so they comply with returning their books and know that we are not trying to monitor their reading
  • How hectic will the first time at the library be, should the number of new books be limited per living quarter, the busier library must have three people working
  • After the first library week when the books with be distributed, there should be no circulation rules besides the rules that are already in place (primarily only having six books out at one time per patron)
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