Friday, October 9, 2009

Stretch Your Large Print Budget

Source: Library Journal

Stretch Your Large Print Budget with Smart Collection Development

Thursday, October 15, 2pm-3pm EST.

Every library has its own philosophy and policies governing collection development and management. One important part of the library’s service to its community is the large print collection which many patrons depend on for both entertainment and information. Recognizing that there is as much art as there is science in the selection process, there are guidelines and best practices that can help maximize the dollars in your large print book budget and promote circulation of these materials. With more baby boomers than ever using public libraries, circulation of large print materials is expected to increase as well.

Webcast panelists from three very different libraries will discuss how they have refined their large print selection and collection management processes to maximize their investment in Large Print. Join us to hear how these professionals’ philosophies on building a robust Large Print Collection helps them meet the needs of their customers, internal and external.

Additionally we’ll explore which authors, series and genre are most in demand by patrons, get tips on supplementing the core Large Print collection, and find out what kind of marketing is being done to draw attention to Large Print collections. Finally, we’ve asked the panelists to pull out their crystal balls and speculate on the state of their Large Print collections in three years – which should lead to a lively question and answer session following the panelists’ presentations!


Lucy Lockley, Collection Development Manager, St. Charles City-County (MO) Library District

Christy Wagner, Outreach Coordinator, Ela Area (IL) Public Library

Lesley Daly, Director, Wichita Falls (TX) Public Library

Moderator: Barbara Hoffert, Reviews Editor, Library Journal