Collection Development…build something awesome Angie Manfredi, NNMYSSIG Roundtable, 5/10
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Why Collection Development? • It’s easy to let collection development become a lower priority. • It’s even easier to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume!
But . . . • Our collections should reflect the communities we serve. • Engaging and popular collections can • boost our statistics • change our demographics • re-shape the way the public perceives us. • “You have such cool stuff!!”
Publishers/Imprints • Specialty imprints and smaller publishers often have exciting, interesting, library-appropriate material • Their smaller focus lets them really hit a targeted demographic comprehensively. • Worth looking for/into. • Often have special offers and services for libraries.
Harlequin Teen / Kimani Tru • Teen: Special focus on teen paranormal romance, often with authors from their adult lines. • Harlequin also publishes Kimani Tru, a must have line for working with urban teens. (“street lit lite”)
Tor Teen/Starscape • Tor Teen: fantasy, sci-fi (and horror!) for teens. • Starscape: fantasy and sci-fi for middle grade readers. • Tor/Seven Seas: manga imprint.
Orca • Most notable lines: High Interest/Low Level lines: Currents (middle grade) and Soundings (teen). Slightly higher level is their Rapid Reads line. • Soundings now has a Spanish line and there’s now a sports focused line. • Also have picture books and early chapter books.
Abdo • Magic Wagon • Spotlight • iBooks • Sturdy books meant to hold up in libraries, glossy series titles (both fiction and non-fiction) with high visual appeal.
TOON Books • Not many titles yet, but a great line of COMICS for the very young. • Lots of resources for teachers and librarians. • Comics for emerging readers.
Marshall Cavendish • Children’s imprint has a wide-range of titles, including teen and non-fiction and their “classics” line. • Good, strong focus on picture books, including their new “Pinwheel” line.
Lerner • Largest independently owned children’s publisher in the US. • Also have Spanish language titles. • Some of their imprints include: • Graphic Universe • Millbrook Press • Carolrhoda Books
Flux • Mostly teen (with very few middle grade) imprint of Llewellyn. • Entirely paperback. • Contemporary stories with “problems”/drama, lots of supernatural/faeries/magic.
Zest • Practical, smart, contemporary non-fiction for teens. • HIGH “girl” appeal… • But some titles have universal teen appeal.
Zondervan • Evangelical publishers also have a children (ZonderKidz) and teen line. • Includes fiction from chick-lit to sci-fi and non-fiction including teen study bibles.
Free Spirit • Non-fiction titles for all ages about dealing with social and emotional issues. • Solution based “self-help” books for kids/teens.
Kensington • YA imprint focuses on “street lit lite” for teens. • All paperback titles. • Lots of diversity in the line.
Norwood House • Much smaller publishing house, not a lot of titles right now. • But many are reprints of classic titles with new covers and design. • Familiar titles with a new look that helps circulation.
Abrams • Abrams is a well known publishing house that specializes in adult art books • Launched a successful children/teen’s imprint: Amulet. • Amulet broke into the big leagues with Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Also publishes The Sisters Grimm.
National Geographic for Kids • High quality, high interest non-fiction for kids. • Lots of glossy photo illustrations. • Good source for new almanacs.
Egmont • Small, new imprint. • Big publisher in the UK • High quality chapter books.
HCI Books • You mean the people who publish the Chicken Soup books?! • Also have a good, ever expanding line of non-fiction for teens.
Sterling • Leading publisher of non-fiction for adults. • Also has a broad ranging children’s and teen imprints, with special focus on non-fiction.
Like Abdo, good for finding hardcover series that can support curriculum and are durable. High kid appeal in both fiction and non-fiction, including a graphic novel line. Some imprints Stone Arch Picture Window Capstone
Barefoot Books • Brightly colored picture books with folk tales from all over the world. • Many have accompanying musical CDs or story CDs.
Magazines • Teen Magazines • SPIN • Game Informer • GamePro • Teen Vogue • Teen Ink • Remember that Cobblestone offers titles for all ages. • Babybug • Cicada
How Do I Keep Up? • Ask publishers to send you catalogs! • Publisher’s newsletters. They may be annoying but. . . • Read blogs! Take advantage of other librarians and teachers who get sneak peeks.