So how do those books get on the shelves?

The Technical Services Department at the James V. Brown Library -- from left, Patti Eichensehr, Barb Cady, Laura Spencer and Linda Aston – are just a few of the people who help get the books on the shelves so you can find your next great read at the library. Whatever you geek, the public library supports you!

The Technical Services Department at the James V. Brown Library — from left, Patti Eichensehr, Barb Cady, Laura Spencer and Linda Aston – are just a few of the people who help get the books on the shelves so you can find your next great read at the library. Whatever you geek, the public library supports you!

How does a book, DVD, CD or audiobook get in the library? Have you ever wondered how library materials appear on the shelves ready to take home and enjoy?

No, there aren’t any library elves that magically do all the work overnight, but there is a team of dedicated library “geeks” who make sure the library has new and old favorites for the public to enjoy.

First, a staff member picks out the books from the millions published each year. Librarians look at library review sources, best-seller lists and suggestions from patrons in accordance to our policy for acquiring materials. Materials are normally purchased from libraries suppliers like the local Brodart Co., which are familiar with buying and delivering materials to libraries.

Some library suppliers do part of the work getting materials ready for circulation – protecting books with covers, reinforcing cases and protecting the surface of DVDs for many uses. Otherwise, the library has to physically prepare the items – our materials work hard and we want them to last. Our Technical Services Department geeks order!

The last step is to let the computer catalog know which materials we have. This information is linked through the barcodes on each item, much like the UPCs on cans of soup in the grocery store. In the days of card catalogs, it could take weeks to let people know what items were available, but now users can immediately see and place holds on items we are adding months in the future!

We add e-books and audiobooks in much the same way – staff decides which ones to add, we order them from a library supplier and they are linked to the online catalog and the ebranch2go site at http://ebranch2go.lib.overdrive.com for users to browse, sample and download – all for free!

So come into the library or sit at home and download some of the more than 1,500 new items that are added each month. It’s just one way the library helps champion the love of reading within our community and opens new doors to lifelong learning. We can even find your next favorite read with our free personalized book recommendation service. The Technical Services team would love to see you and could be processing your next favorite book today.

Don’t know how to download items to your smartphone, tablet or e-reader? Schedule an appointment with Sue Mayshock at 570-326-0536, ext. 122, our audio-visual specialist, and she will walk you through the process step-by-step on your device.