Recently, the librarians of Children’s Services assessed our children’s magazine collection. Many of the titles were underused, which led us to evaluate what magazines to keep, for cost and space savings.
When evaluating, we looked at circulation statistics, wear and tear, and kept in mind our goal to maintain a balanced collection that reflects a variety of topics, age-ranges, and materials that relate to the well-being of children. Our magazine collection also includes materials for parents and educators, plus review journals we use for ordering materials for our collection. Children’s magazine titles also seem to go in and out of print rather quickly, and some of our subscriptions ceased publication. Of the 48 magazine
s titles we currently subscribe to, we chose to keep 25 of our most popular.
The children’s magazine collection is still located on the west wall of the department—it’s just moved to the right a bit. With a more compact collection, we now have room to put our audiovisual materials (Books on Disc, DVDs and music CDs) on public browsing shelves so users can take advantage of the pending self-check kiosks (coming in late fall).
A FREE give-away of our de-accessioned magazines titles will take place starting November 2, 2013 in Children’s Services. - Miss Lora