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Adult GED Classes
Tomorrow at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …

Computer Applied
Tomorrow at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
"What every computer user should know". We will explore the anatomy of the compu…

Make It Yourself Monday
Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
Come to the library for arts, crafts, and maker kit fun!…

Teens Make Stuff + Things: Paint + Draw
Tomorrow at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Artists of all levels and abilities wanted. Come draw and/ or paint at the libra…

Talk Tables
Tomorrow at Main (6:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Talk Tables
Tomorrow at Main (6:30 PM)
Want to practice your conversation skills with a friendly face at the Library? T…

Story Slamm
Tomorrow at Main (7:00 PM)
Come, listen, and participate! 6-8 presenters will each tell a 10 minute story …

Wiggle Worms Storytime
Tuesday at W. Carrollton (10:30 AM)
Here's a storytime especially for babies and toddlers. We'll read stories, dance…

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Rubber Duck Club Storytime
Tuesday at W. Carrollton (1:00 PM)
This storytime is geared toward preschoolers and their families. We'll read stor…

Craft Activism Community Drop-In
Tuesday at Northwest (1:00 PM)
"Sticks and Stones" - Decorate sticks and stones for public art, your garden, or…

One on One Computer Classes
Tuesday at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

LEGO Club
Tuesday at Belmont (3:30 PM)
Have fun with our bricks and make some new friends at our monthly club. Ages 5-9…

One on One Computer Classes
Tuesday at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Raspberry Pi Adventures: Magic 8 Ball
Tuesday at Huber Heights (4:00 PM)
In this workshop, we will build a Magic 8 Ball using a Raspberry Pi, a Sense HAT…

Talk Tables
Tuesday at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Email Basics
Tuesday at Northwest (5:30 PM)
Whether applying for a job online or just keeping in touch with family, having a…

Downloadable: All things Downloadable through your Dayton Metro Library
Tuesday at Main (6:00 PM)
Discover DML's Downloadable Digital Media, find free books, music, videos and mo…

Facebook Functions + Security
Tuesday at Wilmington (6:00 PM)
Learn how to create a Facebook account and learn more about the function and sec…

Mysteries Under Discussion
Tuesday at Brookville (6:30 PM)
Explore the variety of mysteries being published at our monthly book discussion!…

Preschool Storytime
Wednesday at Miamisburg (10:00 AM)
Enjoy stories, rhymes, crafts, and puppet shows. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.&nbs…

Adult GED Classes
Wednesday at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …

Craft Activism Community Drop-In
Wednesday at Northwest (10:00 AM)
"Sticks and Stones" - Decorate sticks and stones for public art, your garden, or…

Get Outside Book Club Kick-Off Party!
Wednesday at Vandalia (1:00 PM)
Join Dayton Metro Library and Five Rivers MetroParks for nature stories and outd…

Grants 101
Wednesday at Belmont (2:00 PM)
Are you a new Development Professional or a nonprofit staff person charged wit…

One on One Computer Classes
Wednesday at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Talk Tables
Wednesday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Teen Afterschool Meetup
Wednesday at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Catch-up and collaborate with friends, play games, make crafts, and get homework…

Teen Library Council
Wednesday at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
Come and join the Teen Library Council (TLC). The Teen Library Council meets to …

One on One Computer Classes
Wednesday at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

           

Collection Development - A Labor of Love

OCD-article-photos-1A library collection is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to flourish. Librarians are gardeners tending the collection - adding new materials, transplanting and weeding. Because libraries are limited by space and finances, decisions about what to add and what to remove from the collection are made carefully, every day.

Planting and Growing

At the Dayton Metro Library, the Office of Collection Development is responsible for selecting the physical and electronic materials which are available to the public. This staff of professionals makes purchases based on a number of factors, including:

  • community needs and interests
  • literary, artistic and technical value
  • availability in other areas and libraries
  • reviews and recommendations
  • local significance
  • cost

“Selection and deselection of the collection is an art,” said Jean Gaffney, manager of Collection Development for the Dayton Metro Library. “As a librarian, you’re balancing all sorts of data against your experience and knowledge of your patrons.”

Most materials are purchased through online vendor sites which provide reviews, excerpts, pricing, sales statistics and more - all of which facilitate the selection process. Collection Development staff work closely with pre-selection committees of librarians to evaluate requests and determine need. Some purchases are made based on staff suggestions, popularity in the current media and patron requests.

“We get 10-20 purchase requests from patrons every day, and each request is seriously researched and considered,” said Gaffney. “Last year we purchased 179,641 physical items and 11,865 ebooks and eaudio items.  That comes to around 3,700 items selected and made available to the public each week,” said Gaffney.

OCD-article-photos-4Obviously not everything requested can be purchased. Materials of more limited appeal or which are too costly can’t be added. However, thanks to statewide sharing of resources and a variety of online resources, materials and information can often be obtained even if we don’t have it in our own collection.

“We continually build not only our physical collection but the e-collection as well,” said Gaffney. “We have an ever-expanding collection of e-audio books, e-books, e-magazines and databases that we purchase.” Most popular items are now offered in up to five different formats: book, e-book, large-type book, audio book, e-audio book and sometimes a movie version as well.

Weeding

Like a healthy garden, a healthy library must be weeded. Old, out-of-date, damaged and obsolete items must be removed in order to make room for newer, in-demand items. Weeding, like selecting, is done with great care and consideration by librarians using accepted criteria and their own professional experience. The Dayton Metro Library uses nationally recognized weeding standards for librarians, published in the CREW (Continuous Review, Evaluation and Weeding) manual.

“Ongoing weeding is encouraged because it creates more inviting shelves with the materials our patrons want and can find more easily,” said Gaffney. “We rely on data, CREW, and the knowledge of our professional staff,” said Gaffney.

OCD-article-photos-7Materials are removed based on criteria including:

  • circulation statistics
  • inaccurate or outdated information
  • wear or damage
  • duplication
  • availability through other sources

With a major facilities plan involving an almost entirely new Main Library building, a more intense weeding project is currently underway at Main. “The Big Weed” is primarily focused on reducing the number of items housed in storage areas not open to the public. Many of these items have not been used for decades. When the new Main Library opens, it will have better access to the total collection, as thousands of items that have been hidden away will be available for browsing by visitors.

“We started this special weeding project in March with pruning the adults books in storage,” said Jennifer Spillman, manager of Adult Services. “We plan to have 180,000 books in the adult area of the new library. Today there are only about 95,000 adult books for browsing. We’ll also have shorter stacks, wider aisles and more convenient seating to make it easier for patrons to browse and use all of our materials.”

OCD-article-photos-3The library is working with Better World Books, a company which accepts discarded library books and offers them for resale online. BWB is used by 3,000 libraries nationwide, including the Ohio State University Libraries and Cleveland Public Library in Ohio. Only books weeded from the Main Library are sent to BWB. In turn, the library receives 20% commission, the Friends of the Library receive 5% and a portion of the proceeds is donated to nonprofit literacy organizations such as Books for Africa and The National Center for Family Literacy. There is no cost to the library.

The best surplus materials are still given to the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual booksales. These sales raise funds which the Friends then use to support library programs and services such as the popular Summer Reading Clubs. (The next Friends of the Library booksale will take place Oct. 4-6 at Hara Arena.)

A healthy public library is a useful one, providing materials its community wants and needs. Choices are made every day in order to maintain a vital, vibrant collection. “It’s an art,” said Gaffney. “It’s a balancing act.” Like the art of a well-tended garden.

Read the Dayton Metro Library's Collection Development Policy in the "About Us" section of our website at www.daytonmetrolibrary.org.

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