April 29, 2020

Building a collection for 1000 books before kindergarten

In a previous blog post, I wrote about parents who are looking for all the book recommendations they can get their hands on and how libraries can support them. If you’re working from home, or in the library working in shifts, and wondering how best to build up your collection of board and picture books to support those parents and early readers (or book chewers), here are some suggestions for Core Collections customers.  

April 22, 2020

What Core Collections has taught me about Science Fiction

As savvy librarians know, Core Collections is a useful tool for both selection and weeding. As one of the intrepid genre specialists who works on Core Collections, I get to do both. And it’s surprisingly fun, considering how many Excel spreadsheets are involved. But the process of evaluating titles has also made me think a lot about how genre collections are built and maintained. Here are some things I’ve learned.

March 26, 2020

Core Collections: Powered by NoveList

This week, NoveList released an enhanced version of its Core Collections product line. Now for the first time, Core Collections databases provide unique access points and data previously unavailable outside of the NoveList databases. 

March 2, 2020

Core Collections as a weeding solution

While buying awesome new books for a library collection is probably the most glamorous part of collection development, let’s not forget how important it is to maintain a collection that is attractive and relevant to your community. After all, a well-curated collection that people love browsing will ultimately lead to higher circulation. 

October 29, 2019

Find highly recommended titles quickly with the Core Collections interface

We recently rolled out the Core Collections Complete interface, formerly available only to a subset of subscribers, to ALL Core Collections customers. So whether you subscribe to all the databases or just one, the interface is here to start your Core Collections experience off right. Let’s take a tour!

September 16, 2019

The joys of weeding

I loved weeding in all its forms. I would print out that non-circ list, head to my section, and it would just be me and the books (and whatever patron stopped to ask me questions). Weeding was a solitary time to put my hands on my collection, to better understand the gaps in what we offered, the surprising things that circulated, and the books that weren’t circing, but maybe needed to.