At our library, we have multiple methods of getting the word out and we've heard from patrons who rely on each one:
1) As items are cataloged, they are added to an online monthly list of new items... it is generated as the month progresses, not simply at the end of the month (and has the bib url attached to each item so patrons can click right on the record).
2) If they are books, we add a handful of covers to a book widget (thank you, Jake Paris!) that is on our library homepage
3) We add a posting on our Facebook page
4) We also have links on our website and catalog to a years-worth of the online monthly lists of new items
5) At the end of each month, we print the latest list and keep several months' copies at the circulation desk
Hope this helps. Will be interested to see what other libraries do.
Adult Services/Cataloging Librarian
Windham Public Library
217 Windham Center Road
Windham ME 04062
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Subject: [MELIBS-L] Promoting New Items at Your Library
Hello. We're wondering if anyone would be willing to share ideas on how you promote new items in your library's collections to make patrons aware that you have them. We're running into issues of our patrons being unaware of what we've acquired and therefore not knowing to ask for it if it's checked out. We currently put out a monthly list of forthcoming popular titles for authors that we have on standing order and we also feature those titles on our website, but we're still finding that many of our patrons are missing out on what's hot and new (or at least knowing to get themselves on a wait list for it) because they don't know what we have and aren't asking. And since they aren't putting new and forthcoming items on hold, as soon as we add those items to our collection they go off to fill large hold lists at other libraries, often times spending months making the rounds before they ever come home to sit on the shelf here for patrons to see. So what are you doing at your library that works and keeps your patrons informed and up to date about the latest books and movie releases so that they know what's available and what to ask for? Thanks very much for sharing and have a great day.
Andrew J. Ryer
Thomas Memorial Library
6 Scott Dyer Rd.
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
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