musing on series

  • Is it worthwhile to have series with holes in them?
  • Should priority be placed on filling them, or should monitoring of the popularity of existing books occur first? (So you don’t struggle to get the last Hardy Boys when no one’s actually reading them?)
  • Do long children’s series (Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children) enjoy the same popularity now?
  • How does one determine a series that requires special shelving? What qualifies? Numbered stories? Series of seven or more books? What about trilogies?
  • What difference does it make for a book to be classified as a series in an otherwise un-alphabetized collection?
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Developing a Collection: Some Problems

collection duplicates

(as of 05/03/09)

  • The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
  • Circle of Love (The Orphan Train Adventures), Joan Lowery Nixon
  • How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell
  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar
  • Far North, Will Hobbs
  • The Autobiography of Meatball Finklestein, Ross Venokur
  • Mama Panya’s Pancake—A Village Tale from Kenya, Mary & Rich Chamberlin
  • Harry Houdini: Young Magician, Kathryn Borland

On the titles of which I’ve found more than two copies, I’ve recorded but not numbered the third copy, figuring there’s no reason to mark up a book we’ll send on its way. It’s interesting to see the repeats I expected (Charlotte’s Web), and the mysteriously common titles (Meatball Finklestein?).

We’ve mostly been removing the duplicates in the hopes of seeding a new collection, perhaps a more fluid collection at the local homeless shelter. But at the same time, many of our books are cheap Scholastic editions, so we wonder if we should be hanging on to extras of books we expect to be popular. Thoughts, anyone?