Evaluating

Questions to Ponder:

  • Is it true that 20% of the books are checked out 80% of the time? When you look at the statistics, what do you discover?
  • What 3 fiction books (or picture books, or Dewey number 398, or Dewey number 520, etc) have the highest circulation statistics in your collection?

Does your collection still meet the percentages shown in this old chart?  Your thoughts?

K-6

7-12

000s

Generalities

2-5%

6-8

100s

Philosophy

.5

1-2

200s

Religion

1-2

1-2

300s

Social Science

5-10

10-15

400s

Language

.5

2-5

500s

Science

10

5-10

600s

Technology

10

5-10

700s

Fine Arts

5

5-10

800s

Literature

5

5-10

900s

History

20

20

F

Fiction

20

20-25

E

Easy Fiction

20-25

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3 Responses

  1. HIghest circulation for non-fiction books for elementary students:
    629.222
    629.1 through .9
    741.5 – (Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Far Side)

  2. Oops – I meant 636.1 through .9

  3. I can’t verify the 20% – 80% rule. I have noticed that girls check out 80% of the books, while boys spend more time looking at the magazines. I ordered a wide variety of books and periodicals that I thought would appeal to teens. I’m a new librarian in a (9-12) high school. I looked carefully over my bookshelves, and faced forward books that I thought would look attractive to boys. No improvement. I faced forward the books that I thought would appeal to young women. Definite increase in circulation.

    Is it because I’m a woman, that I’m better able to select materials attractive to other women? Perhaps there are other factors discouraging the young men from checking out fiction?

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