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Enjoy a vast collection of materials, services and programs for all ages and stages of life. Explore our online resources including digital collections, databases, searchable events calendar and reference assistance. Learn, imagine and discover at the Dayton Metro Library – your story begins here.

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Chef Battle with the Cooking Caravan
Today at New Lebanon (11:00 AM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

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

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

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

Babies & Books
Today at Northmont (11:30 AM)
Parents or caregivers, bring your little ones for stories, songs, nursery rhymes…

Summer Lunch Program
Today at Northwest (12:30 PM)
Kids are invited to eat lunch at the library. Meal provided by Dayton Public Sch…

Grab a Meal
Today at Madden Hills (12:30 PM)
Enjoy a nutritious meal each day at Madden Hills and enjoy a story being read al…

Yoga for Kids
Today at Brookville (1:00 PM)
Energize your life with some great yoga moves. Ages 6-12. Please register in adv…

Outdoor Fun
Today at Northmont (1:00 PM)
Join us on the side field for an afternoon of playground games including Tug-a-W…

Make Your Own Play Dough
Today at Trotwood (1:00 PM)
Use two play-dough recipes and then test the conductivity of each one with our s…

You Are What You Eat!
Today at Northwest (1:00 PM)
Have fun with food and stuff: games, crafts, experiments, and more.  Grades…

Leapfrogs Storytime
Today at Huber Heights (1:00 PM)
Stories, music and more! Groups please register in advance. For children ages 4-…

Turnabout Thursday
Today at Madden Hills (1:30 PM)
Join Ms. Winnie for a summer time cooling with games and crafts.  …

Cut, Copy & Paste
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Learn about an essential tool to aid in becoming an efficient computer user. Cut…

Internet Basics for Senior Citizens
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Now that you have mastered the mouse and conquered the computer, let's go online…

Thursday Fun
Today at Miamisburg (2:00 PM)
Get ready for an action-packed Thursday afternoon with games, crafts, and more c…

Challenge Club
Today at EC Doren (2:00 PM)
Calling all elementary students to join Challenge Club! Sign up for the Summer C…

Craft Cool Down
Today at Miami Twp. (2:00 PM)
Cool down in the Library with crafts from 2-3 pm on Thursdays during the Summer …

Minecraft Lab
Today at Huber Heights (3:00 PM)
Love Minecraft? So do we! Join us every week to play Minecraft at the library! W…

Cooking Caravan
Today at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

On Your Mark, Get Set... Dance! With Miss Beth
Today at Wilmington (3:30 PM)
Girls and boys, begin with aerobic warms-ups and stretches!  Fill the space…

Yoga 101
Today at Brookville (3:30 PM)
-         Yoga is a great way to de-stress. Learn about…

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

Teen Gaming
Today at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come and game at the new Northwest library. Video games, card games, and board g…

Nerdfighter Nights
Today at Belmont (4:00 PM)
A weekly gathering where teens can openly be nerds. A community of such concentr…

Cooking Caravan Chef Battle
Today at Wilmington (6:00 PM)
Caravan Chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience member…

Game Night: Unplugged
Today at Miamisburg (6:00 PM)
Get in the game of Roll for It, Trophy Buck, and other family dice games! Whethe…

An Evening of Gargantuan Gaming!
Today at Vandalia (6:00 PM)
Come in to play some super-sized games!  Face off in the giant versions of …

Leaving a Legacy of Love
Today at Belmont (6:00 PM)
Many people are faced with health decisions for themselves or family when a seri…

Preschool Storytime
Today at Trotwood (6:00 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

           

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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