Local

April 12, 2012

Look ‘behind scenes’ at SV public library

Tags:
By Victoria Yarbrough
Director of Leisure and Library Services
City of Sierra Vista
Books have to go through several processing steps before they are placed on library shelves. Without this delay, libraries could not provide the level of service they offer customers or effectively keep track of their books.

Have you ever wondered how a book actually gets onto the shelf at your library? Chances are you haven’t, so we want to give you a look at what happens “behind the scenes” at the Sierra Vista Public Library!

The process of selecting books for the library can be complex, but essentially staff looks to fulfill the needs of the community. We pay particular attention to both what is popular and what is necessary to create depth in certain areas of our collections.

Different staff select books for broad areas including adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s and young adult fiction and nonfiction and then other more specific areas such as medical material or mysteries. Some books are selected based on reviews from various sources, patron requests, or even what’s featured on popular television or radio programs.

When selected books have been ordered and received, staff completes a series of tasks before the book is placed on the shelf for patrons to enjoy. First, staff verifies the books ordered while ensuring that books requiring jackets are covered, not damaged, and the correct format has been sent as books come in different bindings and versions. The book is then sent to cataloging.

Books in the cataloging area are sorted into different genres such as mysteries, young adult, or children’s. Each book is stamped with the library’s name, staff inserts a magnetic security strip, and a library barcode is placed on the book.

Our cataloger then checks the library’s online catalog to see if a record for the book already exists. Since the catalog is shared between all libraries in Cochise County, often a record is already there. In this case, the cataloger can simply add our item to the existing record.

If a record is not within the Cochise County database, then the cataloger searches a worldwide online database — containing billions of records — to find one that matches so it can be modified for our use.

Not every book can easily be found in this database, especially locally published books. In this case, our cataloger creates an original record from scratch and adds it to the catalog.

As soon as the book’s record is added to our catalog, patrons can view and reserve the book online through the Library Catalog link at www.SierraVistaAZ.gov/svlibrary. After the book is cataloged, a label is generated with the book’s call number and placed on the spine. Then the book makes its way to circulation where a protective cover is added, if needed.

New books that don’t need covers are given a colored dot for the month it arrived. The colored dot determines how long a book remains on the “New” shelf. Staff members check to see if a book has been reserved; waiting patrons are then notified that books are available for pick up. If the book is not reserved, the book makes its way into the library for anyone to check out!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Stephanie Caffall

Women’s history showcased during special event Wednesday

Stephanie Caffall Fort Huachuca’s Thunder Mountain Activity Centre was the site of an event titled, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” Wednesday in celebration for National Women’s History Month. After the reading...
 
 
DoD

DOD warns troops, families to be cyber crime smart

WASHINGTON — Defense Department employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, according to DOD’s chief information officer. Terry Halvorsen issued a DOD-wide memorandum March 18 about the growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in e...
 
 

Army health leaders advocate for importance of nutrition

WASHINGTON — During National Nutrition Month in March, “we encourage each of you to renew a commitment to achieving your personal Performance Triad goals,” said Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” she said. The Performance Triad focuses on the importance of sleep, activity and nutrition...
 

 
Natalie Lakosil

Convoy exercise helps ready 111th MI Bde. for emergencies

Natalie Lakosil Soldiers from the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade take a short rest in lower Garden Canyon before returning to the motor pool as part of a convoy training exercise Wednesday. The exercise helps the brigade s...
 
 

Fort Huachuca Criminal Punishment Bulletin – February

For the month of February, in addition to Court-Martial and U.S. Federal Court Proceedings, 31 Soldiers were disciplined under Article 15, UCMJ; and 25 Soldiers were administratively separated, including 2 for misconduct. The following are notable recent criminal proceedings: A specialist assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion was tried at a General Court-Martial. The...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

111th MI Bde. NCO, Soldier, Platoon Sgt. of Quarter winners selected

Natalie Lakosil Sgt. Jason Grider, Alpha Company, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, inspects uniforms during the in-ranks inspection portion of the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarte...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin