performance evals/multiple copies of books
At the first meeting I attended, they started with the "Collection Development" section. The gentleman who is the head of the personnel committee asked me if there is a procedure in place for collecting fines from our patrons. I said yes, and staff (both of us!) and volunteers are aware of it. Then I explained to him that collection development actually refers to the acquisition of books and other materials for our, um, collection. As well as weeding of materials, replacement of materials etc. etc.
It irks me that someone on my library board doesn't know what a simple term like this means, let alone someone who is in charge of my performance evaluation. What's more, he's ONLY AT THE LIBRARY FOR BOARD MEETINGS. This pisses me off. I have never seen him take out a book from this library.
Also, he asked me if I've ever thought of purchasing multiple copies of bestselling books. Now, I'd been forewarned about this topic, as it was something brought before my predecessor many times. Here's my feeling: No. It's a waste of money for us. We have a small budget for book buying each year. Our new titles go on our 7 day shelf for a period of six months. Patrons can only sign out one 7 day title at a time, and they can't renew it. This policy was in place before I arrived, and I don't think it's a bad one. (I may reduce the time frame to 4 months, but we'll see.) We don't ILL our 7 day titles, either. None of the libraries in our system share their new titles.
If a patron comes in and doesn't get their first choice of a new book, they almost always choose another new one, or they grab an older book. It is extremely rare that someone leaves empty-handed. To me, it's good for our stats too, because it gets more people in the door looking for books.
From a money standpoint, it's a waste to have two or three copies of a Patterson or an Evanovich on the shelf when those titles are really only in high demand for the first three months that they are out. People can also access them through e-readers. Once we remove the books from the 7 day shelf, we simply don't have room on our shelves for multiple copies, so the extra will end up in a box in the basement waiting for the summer book sale. I would rather aim our purchasing dollars at getting a variety of titles that are going to appeal to a broader base of people. Not everyone WANTS the Patterson or the Evanovich. (We get so many donations of those, I could build a house, or sink a ship with them!!)
Sorry if I'm going into too much detail about how my library works, but I explained it like this at the board meeting too. I wasn't sure that all of the members were aware........