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Promote & Develop Your Library’s Collection
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Promote & Develop Your Library's Collection
CollectionHQ is a fantastic tool, not only for weeding your collection, but also for marketing the materials you already own and for identifying and purchasing items that will be in demand. By entering a few simple search terms, you can get lists of the most popular or recently added items, removing the burden of time-consuming data entry and report creating. These lists can be used to make displays, create purchasing wishlists, and even to send those wishlists to a cart in your Baker & Taylor account for future purchase!
Promote Your Collection
Patrons love to find out what other people are reading, watching and listening to, and check those titles out for themselves. CollectionHQ offers two ways to find and market your most popular items, the Top Charts and the Discovery lists. Top Charts creates a printable list of your (or another BCCLS library's or the whole system's) highest circulating items from the past month in an amount you choose (Top 50, 100, etc.). You can search for the top titles or authors and you can limit by subject or genre to come up with great lists like the Top 20 Cookbooks, Top 50 Mysteries, or Top 100 Audiobooks. Like Top Charts, Discovery shows the highest circulating items, but allows you to customize the search parameters to expand the time period, library size, and publication date range, just to name a few. You can print your Discovery lists with color images of the items, meaning the possibilities for creating eye catching displays are as endless as your ability to get creative. Print these lists to create a display, or link them to your website, or pin them to the corresponding shelves in your library to promote popular or recently added titles. Or, you can keep them in a binder with other bestseller lists. There are so many ways to use these lists to attract new audiences to your items.
Develop Your Collection
You can use both of these Top Charts and Discovery lists to pinpoint and purchase items that will be in high demand at your library. I like to drill down into popular areas of the collection like mystery, cookbooks, crafting, and business management to see what is popular both at my library and others that are similar in population, demographics and size of the collection. Finding out what is circulating at my own library allows me to purchase similar items or fill in gaps, and determining popular items at similar libraries shows me actual items we don't have and can purchase. If you use Discovery, you can create wishlists of these items. If you use Baker & Taylor TS360 or TS3, you can set up a cart link in collectionHQ that connects to your Baker & Taylor account, and you can send your wishlist to a cart in that account for future purchase. There are many other ways to use collectionHQ to develop your collection, but this is a quick, easy, and fun way to see what is popular across formats and genres.
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