What does your library’s kids e-collection need? A little of everything! Here are my tips for anyone just starting out:
- Start with favorites—Books that are hot in print are also hot as ebooks. Start with the top titles, and consider buying multiples.
- Add in series—Buy Book One plus the latest, then watch checkouts and holds to fill in based on demand. Publisher sales are great for filling in the gaps.
- Buy for all ages—Kids of all ages use ebooks, so be sure to buy picture books, board books, and easy readers as well as chapter books and fiction.
- Don’t forget about homework—Frequently assigned titles, biographies, and hot report topics are all lifesavers when kids can’t get to the library, but…
- Be careful with nonfiction—Double check the publication date of the print title to make sure you’re getting the most up-to-date information.
- Finally, purchase frequently to keep your homepage fresh—Since the newest titles appear first, adding a few books at least weekly means repeat users will always see something new.
Have your own tips for building kids e-collections? Please share them in the comments!
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This month’s blog post by Rachel Wood, ALSC Digital Content Task Force (virtual committee)
Acting Materials Division Chief
Arlington (VA) Public Library