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01-18: Fads


Fads come and go - from diet crazes to celebrity bios. One minute we cannot keep an item and its duplicates on the shelf. A few years later, we are overwhelmed by stacks of worn copies of Fifty Shades of Grey.

You know how it starts. Word gets out about a certain book, concept, or series, and everyone wants in on this fad. Keep in mind that because we are a consortium of 76 libraries, patrons across 4 counties are looking for the same items. As a result, we have to purchase more to fulfill this high demand. A recent example of this effort is evidenced by the December 2017 delivery backup. This resulted in the inability to loan out our items in the usual capacity. Consequently, even though we own 12 copies, my stacks were for the first time crowded with duplicates of Wonder. Furthermore, because it is so frequently requested, this past month was also the first time I have seen an actual physical copy in the stacks.

Some fads become obsolete, such as chapter books for Hannah Montana. I remember 9 years ago as a children's librarian, I could not keep them on the shelf. Within two years, they just completely stopped circulating. Other fads may still circulate well, but it is unnecessary to keep so many duplicates. A good example of this is The Da Vinci Code. Currently, one, two or so copies of this thriller are enough for your collection. Sometimes, though, there are fads that are not so obvious. The autumn release of the film The Mountain between Us garnered interest in the somewhat obscure counterpart novel. In September, there were about 20 copies of the novel in the BCCLS system. All of them were checked out and there were holds. Granted, this new-found interest will only last for so long, hence why we need to be on top of the next big thing.

Suggestions for Weeding

  • High School Musical: The Essential Guide by Catherine Saunders, 2008 (9780756642259)
  • The O.C.: The Complete First Season (DVD), 2004 (0790796775)
  • Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus, 2009 (9781423119920)
  • The Zen Revolution Diet: the mindful path to permanent weight loss: starve the fat, feed your health, transform your life by Martin and Philippa Faulks, 2013 (9781780283968)
  • Confessions of an Heiress: a tongue-in-chic peek behind the pose by Paris Hilton, 2004 (0743266641)

Suggestions for Purchase

  • Mal's Spell Book II: More Wicked Magic by Tina McLeef, 2017 (9781368000413)
  • The Crown: The Official Companion: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955), Volume 1 by Robert Lacey, 2017 (9781524762285)
  • Molly's Game: from Hollywood's elite to Wall Street's billionaire boys club, my high-stakes adventure in the world of underground poker by Molly Bloom, 2014 (9780062213075)
  • The Room (DVD), 2005 (UPC 881677825451)
  • Practical Paleo: a customized approach to health and a whole-foods lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo, 2012 (9781936608751)
  • Hamilton: Building America (DVD), 2017 (UPC 031398265924)

Suggestions for Fewer Duplicates

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