I always say that books need to earn their shelf space, but if they're really earning it, they won't spend much time on the shelves at all. In other words, our work doesn't end once a book arrives all shiny and new - promoting the collection is just as important as making good purchasing decisions in the first place. Becky Spratford talks about this in a recent blog post - approaching RA and collection development with this philosophy:
"Your work is not done until every single one of your books is checked out all at once. Obviously this comment is meant to be provocative and spur conversation. It has way more nuance than it seems upon first glance; however, it does quickly sum up the entirety of our main mission in RA Service. Our job is to get the books out into the world, off our shelves, and into potential readers' hands. It is not to collect them, possess them, and be the gatekeepers, limiting access."
How do you promote your library's collection? From new items to backlist, I want to know all your best tips for getting books into readers' hands. E-mail me with the subject line: "Books into the world" and I'll share your ideas in a future RA e-mail.
In genre news, we've got 12 New Books You Should Read this August from CrimeReads, best new Mysteries and Thrillers from Barnes and Noble, and sci-fi picks from Tor and i09. All you romance fans should check out these August lists from SBTB and Goodreads. (Looking for even more lists? Check out this post from Book Pulse.)
Library Journal looks at the best debut novels coming soon, and Publishers Weekly puts a spotlight on the most anticipated children's and YA books of fall.
Looking for webinars? Booklist has some good ones coming up.
Finally, #FridayReads: I'm not usually a series reader - the last one I really loved was Enola Holmes, and that was several years ago - but I've just started the second Veronica Speedwell book, A Perilous Undertaking. Perhaps Victorian mysteries with female protagonists are my particular series jam... Happy reading/crime solving!