The library’s Technical Services Manager Lisa Rigsby, left, and Collection Development Specialist Katy Southern show off a few of the library’s large print selections at the library.
We’re working to increase our large print selection and strengthen our nonfiction collection!
We’ve seen an increase in demand for large print books, so we plan to invigorate the collection with a wider variety of genres and types of books.
“As the Baby Boomer Generation ages, publishers are responding with a larger, more interesting, offering of large print titles,” said Technical Services Supervisor Lisa Rigsby. “This variety will allow EPL to continue in its mission to provide access to diverse information at all stages of life.”
We’ve increased the budget for purchasing large print books, in part through a $2,000 donation in memory of Doris Hess.
“We were honored to be the recipient of gifts in memory of Doris Hess,” said Director Janelle Graber. “She was an avid reader and faithful library supporter. Her legacy includes having a lasting and positive influence on the Auburn community and on the many students that she taught through the years.”
The library’s annual savings from migrating to Evergreen Indiana also allows us to spend a larger portion of the operating budget for books.
Our staff is also embarking on a project to ensure that the library’s nonfiction collection is as fresh, current, and reliable as possible. The 2017 budget for nonfiction books increased by $1,500 from 2016, allowing us to purchase new nonfiction items and replace worn copies of classics with new, updated editions.
“The budget increase for adult nonfiction presented the library with a great opportunity to update portions of the collection,” said Collection Development Specialist Katy Southern. “Many nonfiction subjects become outdated quickly. This year’s budget increase allows the library to replace dated items with current resources, making the overall collection more robust.”
The goal is to ensure that nonfiction is a “living collection” that is relevant to the community.
“There is power in a vibrant nonfiction collection – power to ease your mind with answered questions, power to challenge your mind with learning new things, and power to entertain your mind with a trip a different place or time,” Rigsby said.
Nonfiction books that are out-of-date or unused will be taken out of the collection – a process known by librarians as “weeding.”
“Weeding saves time and energy of people looking for books,” Rigsby said. “If a collection is regularly weeded, you can be confident in the quality of the materials on the shelf.”
“Ultimately, librarians use weeding to strengthen a library’s collections,” Southern said. “Eckhart Public Library bases weeding decisions on the CREW Method, a nationally recognized standard focusing on continuous review of materials.”
Weeded books are forwarded to the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library, who select weeded books to sell in their annual book sales, set for March 31, May 17-20, July 12-15, and October 11-14. Unsold books are donated to the Salvation Army or other organizations.