Among the hottest trends in collection development are tools that help libraries more efficiently crunch their numbers to make data-driven decisions. But while the tools are new, using data to make selections is not. Data-driven decisions have been on the rise in libraries for years. Anna Mickelsen, Springfield City Library, MA, explains why she uses data for collection development: “I use stats to get a look at the bigger picture of the whole library’s collection and how the different parts compare to one another. Collection decisions shouldn’t be made in a vacuum, and statistics are sometimes the only solid information I have to work with.”
Spring has sprung, summer is on its way, and here’s your chance to find out about hot books you’ll want to read this summer. Author Susie Jane Gilman and Grand Central Publishing’s Senior Editor Helen Atsma will discuss Susie’s upcoming novel THE ICE CREAM QUEEN OF ORCHARD STREET, a debut novel following Susie’s hilarious nonfiction. In addition, National Book Award finalist Josh Ferris will join with his editor, Little, Brown’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Reagan Arthur, to discuss Josh’s upcoming novel, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR. In addition, Hachette’s Adult Library Marketing Team—Ali Coughlin, Melissa Nicholas and Karen Torres—will feature more of Hachette’s hot reads. Moderated by LJ’s Prepub Alert editor, Barbara Hoffert. Archive is now available!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Join Library Journal for its first webcast of 2014, featuring publishers Inner Traditions/Bear & Company and New World Library. As the New Year begins we find readers seeking their pathways for the year ahead. Learn about some books that can help them, covering topics from the deeper spiritual meanings of the Vatican to finding further understanding of the provocative occultist Aleister Crowley. On offer for 2014 will be accessible alternative pathways to healing and vigor. Hear about new titles on what goddesses and heroines can tell us, and of journeys toward new inspiration—from the 13th century’s Meister Eckhart. Archive now available!
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Now that you’ve bought your big fall titles, it’s time to preview what will be in demand next spring. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will lead a discussion with editors as they highlight their top spring books that will be flying off of your shelves in LJ’s second Editors’ Picks webcast. Ellen Edwards will debut CBA top-selling Susan Meissner’s A Fall of Marigolds (NAL/Penguin Random); Amy Einhorn will discuss Carol Wall’s affecting memoir of black-white friendship in Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening (Amy Einhorn Bks/Penguin Random); Carrie Feron will unveil Laura Lippman’s next blockbuster standalone, After I’m Gone (Morrow/Avon); David Highfill, will discuss Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy (Morrow/HarperCollins), Cash’s follow-up breakout debut; and Zachary Wagman will reintroduce Chris Pavone, author of The Expats with his upcoming The Accident (Hogarth/Crown). And that’s just a taste of the titles to be discussed.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
You’ve bought your big fall titles, now it’s time for a preview of what your patrons will be demanding next spring. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will lead a discussion with editors from imprints at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House as they highlight their top spring books that will be flying off of your shelves. Archive Now Available!
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET When you can lead a reader to an author, title, or a publishing house they didn’t know about that turns out to be just right: librarian heaven. It’s better again if you can push some new voices and small presses at the same time. To find out about these hidden gems, sign up for our webcast Big Titles/Small Presses, which will take place on October 17th at 3PM. This archive is no longer available.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET In a brief survey of 232 public libraries conducted by Library Journal, 55% of respondents reported that Mystery continues to be the most popular genre in terms of circulation. The survey also found that in print fiction collections, 24.1% of materials are mysteries.
Join LJ Mystery columnist Teresa Jacobsen for this free webcast and get a preview of the latest titles from Severn House, Midnight Ink, and Five Star, all sure to quicken your patrons’ pulses! You’ll find yourself taking notes on which audiobooks and books to match up with the mystery lovers who lurk in both your physical and virtual stacks. This archive is no longer available.
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Join Library Journal for this exciting preview of the latest offerings from Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner, Samhain Publishing, and Riptide Publishing.! Collection development and readers’ advisory staff attending this free webcast will be prepared to meet the demand of growing interests in LGBTQ literature. This archive is no longer available.