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.

Posting by Lorraine

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!








posted by Darren






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.

posting by marin


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.

posting by marin who cannot wait to see the spam that we receive from this blog post

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.

posting by marin

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!

posting by marin

the audiobook conundrum

September 22, 2010

excuse the rather long post, but i thought i’d share the information in this month’s Inform newsletter about adult audiobooks.  please comment if you have other ideas for promoting or making space for this collection.

Listen Up:  The Audiobook Conundrum

In 2008, a concerted effort was made to increase the number of adult titles of this popular format based on feedback from community library staff.  In Collection Development, we heard that customers couldn’t get enough audiobooks, whether browsing this collection for their commute, exercise routine, family road trip, or favorite reader.  Coupled with the phasing out of audio cassettes, this meant empty shelves in our libraries.  The increased demand led to an increased budget.  At the end of 2008, we added another vendor to the audiobook standing order:  Tantor.  Tantor specializes in high quality nonfiction titles and that has enabled us to provide more diversity to the collection which has been very heavily oriented to fiction.

In the last six months, we’ve heard from community library staff that there is too much of a good thing:  libraries don’t have the shelf space for audiobooks.  This is especially true for adult fiction audiobooks, which are often shelved separately from the print collection, as determined by staff in each library.

In July of this year, our staff ran a dusty book report for audiobooks for all audiences ( J, Teen, and Adult).  We used the parameter for last circulation date of 7/18/09 or earlier.  Of the 38,948 items in the collection, only 300 were on the dusty shelf, which is less than .01%!  The full shelves are due to the increased inventory, not lack of circulation, which is a good thing.  Since the end of 2009, the collection has increased by 2,000 pieces with an overall turn-over rate of 9.1 in 2009, very respectable.

So what’s the solution?  Try to make room.  This might seem an exercise in futility, but think about shifting or reworking the layout of your collection.  Create displays of audiobooks to increase circulation and empty those shelves.  Feature audio award winners (the Audies, the Grammy’s for Spoken Word, Booklist’s Editors’ Choice for audio, etc.), pair the book with the audio, or highlight a particular narrator.  Staff in one library shared plans to use newly freed up magazine shelving for expanding audiobook shelving.

Please continue to share any solutions for making room and moving this collection with your colleagues.  If you share your plans with us, we’ll include them in posts on the Collection Developments blog.