Why Librarians Don’t Want to Buy Your Self-Published Book

An interesting article.

wrapped up in books

When a self-published author contacts someone in the collection development department at my library, we let out a collective groan. Inevitably, our answer to the request to add their book to our collection will feel personal, which is awkward. It will definitely mean more work for us no matter what, and for acquisitions and cataloging staff as well if we do accept the book as a donation or decide to purchase it.

Librarians don’t want to buy your self-published book, but not for the reasons you think. 

I’ve been thinking about self-published books and their place in libraries a lot recently, as my library has been updating our collection development policy and brainstorming ways to streamline how we deal with requests from authors to include their self-published materials in our collection and how our collection development work complements our strategic goal of supporting content creation in our community.

Then, this weekend…

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News round-up: Sunday 17th August 2014

Below, are the interesting articles I have read that were published between Sunday 9th August and Saturday 16th August.

Walking and book festival celebrates its 10th anniversary
The Northern Echo, Monday 11th August 2014

Bristol Cathedral Primary school to go inside central library
BBC News, Tuesday 12th August 2014

A New Twist On Book Clubs
Forbes, Wednesday 13th August 2014

Llanelli gardener turned author launches scratch and sniff book
Llanelli Star, Wednesday 13th August 2014

Throw the book at them! Cambridge’s Parkside police station appeals for reading material for prisoners
Cambridge News, Thursday 14th August 2014

Book-loving gran persuades council to bring mobile library back after 10 years
The Westmorland Gazette, Thursday 14th August 2014

Liverpool Council to publicly consult on cabinet-approved library closure plans
Liverpool Echo, Friday 15th August 2014

Leeds comic book queen is picture perfect
Yorkshire Evening Post, Friday 15th August 2014

The woman with 10,000 books in her garden shed
Nottingham Post, Friday 15th August 2014

Little Free Library scheme arrives in Wanstead with Fiona Tatham of Overton Drive the first to sign up
Guardian Series, Friday 15th August 2014

How many hours is your library going to have cut? Here are the details

the leeds citizen

humanities-libraryIf you haven’t heard already, there’s a consultation just got underway on proposed cuts to the opening hours of libraries in Leeds.

All 36 libraries run by Leeds City Council are affected.

Under the proposals, 17% of the total hours will be cut in an effort to make staff savings agreed when the council set its budget in February.

The savings were initially set at £100,000.

Some libraries will be hit harder than others: Gildersome, for example, will lose nearly half (48%) of its opening hours, while Moor Allerton will lose just 3%.

You can have your say here.

consultationHere’s how the consultation works: you aren’t asked whether you agree with the cuts, just how you’d like them to be implemented.

You’re given two options, Option A offering different opening days and times to Option B. Either way you’re losing the same number of opening hours in nearly every instance.

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