Strict Budgets Keep Librarians Busy
The changing times in book sales and development to a digital environment have seen many enhancements in the production, manufacturing, and distribution of the digital products. One area that has been largely impacted by these changes is the local public library system. Librarians are the curators of content streams that are continuously being updated. Since all libraries are budgeted in what they can spend, the choices and selections must be those that mirror the wants of the consuming public. To aid in the selection process there are companies that will work with the librarians to help them make the best informed decisions on the purchases for their collections. These companies are curators that help the curators.
Forbes Article Sheds Light
I hadn’t realized what this process entailed of completely analyzing metadata and purchases made through other public library systems until I read the article on the Forbes website by Ava Seave: The Process of Curating for Curators: Who Do Librarians Consult?
One point of this article centered on the fact that all of the purchases made for the library’s collection were based upon the ongoing popularity of print titles. If a print title was selling well, then the Ebook would be purchased simultaneously with the print book. Although not a major point of contention, this purchasing process would actually leave many independent publishers out of the mix for getting their books into a public library environment. As we’ve seen over the last few years independent publishers and self publishers are beginning to become a very vibrant and dynamic piece of the publishing puzzle. This is not a criticism but a statement of fact that based on economic constraints some areas of the publishing dynamic would need to have less representation than others. The money generally needs to go in the direction that will yield the most product sign outs.
Third Parties who Curate for the Curators
The companies that do the curating for the librarians (Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library and BiblioBoard), are adept at using a metadata analysis in like-minded library situations to help economically build a functioning and successful book-lending collection. The metadata analysis is only one portion of the entire research project. The curators at the individual companies have been working on similar library collections and are expert at getting products to fill out the book-lending stream. The human touch in the collection-building process is not overlooked by experts such as Heather McCormack, 3M MMM -1.3% Cloud Library’s Collection Development Manager who is quoted in the article:
“As collection development manager of 3M Cloud Library, I work very hard to make the collection development librarian’s job easier and, dare I say, much more fun. Every week, I sift through our publishing partners’ feeds to identify ebooks that are especially attractive to the public library audience and to hash out new ways to showcase underrepresented content. On Fridays, I write and deploy a newsletter that contains a Top New Releases spreadsheet and summarizes trends and other publishing news from my perspective.”1
The other experts at Overdrive and BiblioBoard (David Burleigh, Director of Marketing at Overdrive, and BiblioBoard’s Carolyn Morris, Vice President, Digital) echoed the sentiments of Ms. McCormack. The role of a curator for a library is to make sure that the library is capable of giving the public what they want in terms of reading material. The all important requests from individual library patrons are also an avenue for continuous input to build the most user-friendly collection possible.
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The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing: History, Industry Perspective (Print and E-book) and “How To” Publish Your E-book for Amazon Kindle
The Forbes article by Ms. Seave is one that everyone should read. She has written an interesting and informative piece that fills in many of the blanks about what is transpiring in terms of library collection purchases and how that process is changing to fit the digital age.
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