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Interview with Solus: Smarter Collection Management

We caught up with Neil Wishart, CEO of leading library technology provider, Solus, and Liz McGettigan, President of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals Scotland (CILIPs) and former Head of Libraries at City of Edinburgh Council, about the role of technology in public libraries and Solus’ new hand-held device which supports more efficient collection … Continued

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World Book Day – Top Children’s Fiction

It’s World Book Day – the biggest celebration of books and reading that involves children worldwide (www.worldbookday.com/about/). To celebrate, we’re excited to share an exclusive look at the top circulating Children’s Fiction ‘Action & Adventure’ books in the UK and Ireland over the last 12 months. Log into collectionHQ’s Discovery to find more information like this … Continued

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Conservative Weeding Isn’t Crazy: The Almost Dead Experiment by Matt Smith, Kalamazoo Public Library

  What’s a rational weeding philosophy? When is a book really dead? 6 months? 2 years? 4 years? More importantly: how do we know? Progressive, cool libraries stick to a 180 day weeding target, while old, stodgy libraries pile books to the rafters (’cause hey . . . we got the space). And some libraries hate weeding so … Continued

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Video Blog: Librarians share their collectionHQ story

We were delighted to catch up with Scott Duimstra, Associate Director at the Capital Area District Library in Michigan, who told us how he is applying collectionHQ to improve collection performance at his library. Discover how he is using evidence and the results he has achieved so far as a result by watching his video interview. Thanks Scott! … Continued

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Marketing in Public Libraries

When budgets are tight and staff time is already stretched between collection maintenance tasks and serving patrons, a marketing plan can be regarded as “nice to have” rather than an essential function in public libraries. Why make marketing a priority? Introducing a plan of measurable and cost effective marketing activities can help public libraries to increase … Continued