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A Date with a Sewing Machine
Today at Brookville (9:30 AM)
Wish you had a sewing machine for just an hour to do all that mending …

Baby + Toddler Playtime
Today at Belmont (9:30 AM)
Wednesdays, 5/18 - 7/27, 9:35 - 10:00 a.m. Songs, a story and other activities j…

Mother Goose on the Loose Bilingual Babytime
Today at Kettering (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in Spanish and English that …

Toddler Storytime
Today at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

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

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at EC Doren (10:00 AM)
Little Champs and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, rhymes, fingerpla…

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

Preschool Storytime
Today at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program in English that uses rhymes,…

Toddler Storytime
Today at Wilmington (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Preschool Power!
Today at EC Doren (11:00 AM)
Preschoolers can power up during our Summer Challenge Storytimes! Fun stories, s…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Wilmington (1:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…

Talk Tables
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Reading Buddies
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

Word Basics
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
This session introduces you to the basics of Microsoft Office Word.  We wil…

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

Show Me the Money!
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Check out our hands-on Money Smarts Exhibit, watch a fun video about money, and …

Teen Chaos: Chess + Tabletop Games
Today at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
From Chess to Munchkin and more, we will have a variety of new and classic board…

Teen Gaming
Today at Huber Heights (3:30 PM)
Come to the library for video games on the big screen, snacks, and your favorite…

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

Lego Party
Today at East (3:30 PM)
Enjoy a fun afternoon building and creating with Lego. Ages 4-12. …

Hey teens stop into the Hoover Street Cafe + create Sharpie Rock art
Today at Westwood (3:45 PM)
Teens it's time to create using rocks and sharpie ink pens. Let your creative si…

Talk Tables
Today at Huber Heights (4:30 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Daydreaming on Paper
Tomorrow at New Lebanon (9:30 AM)
Participants in this 6 week collage-journaling class for adults 55+, led by teac…

A Date with a Sewing Machine
Tomorrow at Brookville (9:30 AM)
Wish you had a sewing machine for just an hour to do all that mending …

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Kettering (10:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Mother Goose on the Loose
Tomorrow at Wilmington (10:00 AM)
Join us for an award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, pup…

Math + Science Fun
Tomorrow at Belmont (10:30 AM)
A variety of fun activities with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and…

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Northwest (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Kettering (11:00 AM)
It's never too early to grow your child's love of learning. Your little ones wil…

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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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