For me DDA (Demand Driven Acquisition in OverDrive), and the Polaris records we load to accompany it, have become an increasingly valuable source of information on local demand for print titles as well. That’s especially true for debuts and small print authors where I really feel on the fence.  If you remember our Patron Driven Acquisition pilot, the idea of floating titles out there and collecting customer holds before committing to actual orders was a key part of the experiment, engaging readers in selection while tailoring resources tightly, in line with our values and core services.  It is interesting that DDA is performing much the same service as a total side effect of another project and purpose.

A good example is Ed McDonald’s dark fantasy debut Blackwing, which though it still lacks an official review and is from a hit and miss genre imprint, already has a 3 month prepub hold on the ebook, perhaps tipping the decision to try a few print copies.

On the other hand, there’s Canadian author William Deverell, whose latest title from his acclaimed Arthur Deverell mystery series is a reluctant pass.  The prior six titles we do not own in print.  The one ebook title we own (I’ll See You in My Dreams – #5) is the only to slip through in OverDrive and has circulated a few times in the last 6 months.  That doesn’t make picking up the whole series in print too urgent, and there really are different audience preferences in these formats.  Especially true of romance, fantasy and non-fiction categories that may have a “shy customer” issue in public buildings, a lot of types of successful ebooks never get picked up in print and perhaps don’t need to be, or at least not right now.

  McDonald, Ed. Blackwing. Ace, October 2017. 

Blackwing  Summary:                 

Set on a post-apocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…








Klassen, Julie. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. Bethany House, December 5th, 2017 (already has 12 holds on ebook!)

book cover of 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Publisher Summary: 

In the confines of Ivy Cottage, friendships thrive, romances blossom, and mysteries await! Gentlewoman Rachel Ashford has moved into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, where she discovers mysteries hidden among her books. Together with her one-time love Sir Timothy, she searches for answers–and is forced to face her true feelings.






 Deverell, William. Whipped. ECW, October 2017. 

book cover of Whipped



A picture book has a CD inside of it — what makes it

an Easy book or an E CD?

E CD spine label photo

This is a confusing issue and some clarification is needed:

An Easy book with an accompanying CD does not necessarily belong in the E CD collection.

  • The books that are designated E CD come from publishers that prepare the recordings in a specific fashion to facilitate reading for young children (actual text with page turn signals).
  •  Many Easy books with CDs are being published with a recording which may include a reading of the text but also provides additional information to enhance the story.
    • If the CD seems integral to the enjoyment of the book, a green sticker (1 CD 1 Book) is put on the front of the book (this decision is made by the selector).
    • If the CD does not appear integral to the reading of the book, than no green sticker is attached to the book (again, this decision is made by the selector).
  • All E CD books have a green sticker attached.
  • Some Easy books have a green sticker attached.

The green sticker does not visually indicate that a book is part of the Easy CD collection — it designates that a staff member needs to make sure that the CD was returned with the book at check-in so the next customer will find it in the book.

1+1 sticker photo


Publishers are including all sorts of additional things to kids books these days such as CDs with the author singing the story and web links to fun music or information.  These can enhance the enjoyment of the book (or maybe they want to make an old technology seem a bit more hip).

A good book in a child’s hand is worth a bit of confusion on our part.

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A tip for Sno-Isle staff out there who verify RINCS for us (and by the way thank you!):

We think we will get the best Polaris catalog results if everyone goes ahead and clicks the search button (that looks like a magnifying glass) next to “Catalog” under Source under the Verification Options.  Doing that produces an automatic PAC keyword search for title, all formats, sorted by relevance.  It’s slick and easy.  Don’t forget to click again if you end up correcting the title the customer had put in the form.  Happy hunting!








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the Dude says read a book

December 15, 2010

tomorrow’s Reader’s Advisory Training is “Guys Read” (intranet link to training details).  participants of the workshop will discover ways to market collections to male readers and learn about the genres that have strong male readership.

it’s no secret that the publishing world is dominated by women and a similar gender imbalance is reflected in libraries.  but that doesn’t mean that guys don’t read or that there isn’t anything on our shelves for them to read or that we can’t find the book that’s a perfect fit for the guy reader.   like all readers, it’s about the tools we can use to find the perfect pairing.

one of the training’s presenters is Doug Lord, a librarian at the Connecticut State Library who writes the “Books for Dudes” column on LJ.  Doug will remotely present via speakerphone aided by PowerPoint – prepare to be informed and amused!

the books featured in the “Books for Dudes” column would make for a great display.

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never the twain shall meet.  updated on the intranet are the guidelines for  ‘Interest Labels‘ aka what label goes where.

included is a link to instructions for the somewhat new Romance label including info on retroactive labeling complete with authors and tips.  please note, erotica titles do not and should not be dressed up with Romance labels.  recently received on a review cart was a Samhaim title with a Romance label – a sticker shock indeed for a happily-ever-after romance reader.

as always, let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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best, best, best

November 10, 2010

and so it begins.  the best of lists are rolling out with Amazon, LJ (Top 10 with full list forthcoming November 18), and PW publicizing their favorites of the year.

as always, EarlyWord provides great online coverage and analysis of the lists.  also found (via GalleyCat) is largehearted boy’s Best of 2010” list o’ links that is extensive.

of the above top 10 lists, only 3 titles overlap:  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (of which we own 5! different editions), “The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen.

pulling the 2010 titles for display is next to impossible, but what about previous lists?  EarlyWord provides a list of links to the 2009 winners plus a spreadsheet of winners listed on the right-hand side of the blog about 1/2 down the page under a blue column heading titled “Best Books ’09.”  this is a great way to display multiple copies and audiobooks.

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ideas for displays

September 28, 2010

Coupeville Library power walls

displays are a cornerstone of marketing library collections.  with our floating collection and the Strategic Plan’s Models of Service, displays will be of greater importance to highlight and feature particular areas of the collection: recreational reading, technology, school-age fiction, etc.  displays are definitely a case of no point in reinventing the wheel.

as part of our jobs in Collection Development, reading professional journals is crucial to selection.  which brings me to the big poll:  would staff find it useful for us to provide links and access to display ideas, either home grown or professional?  let us know if The Romantic Times and Library Journal articles on cozy mysteries are helpful or if you’d love to see a link to PW’sBarking up the Write Tree,” an article featuring the latest dog nonfiction.

thanks for your input!

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