Originally Posted by transformed
very cool. Lots of great ideas. I NEED to get Mendlsons book for sure...I keep forgetting to order it!
We need a more extensive selection at our crappy library! Maybe I'll go talk those ladies into ordering some new books!
Here is how to get librarians to get the books you want.
First, start visiting the library regularly and check out a fair quantity of books. Get to know the people who work there and establish friendly relations. If you can afford it become a member of the local "Friends" group by making a small contribution. If you've already done all this, then move directly to the second step--
Find out who handles interlibrary loans and start asking for books on the topics that interest you. Don't just turn in the form, make an opportunity to chat with the person who does the ordering and explain that the collection isn't meeting your needs and that is why you are ordering so many books. If you have a couple of like-minded friends who can join in this activity, so much the better. In addition to books on natural health care for children you can ask for books on other topics that interest you and your friends: breastfeeding, natural childbirth, attachment parenting, cloth diapering.
After you've done five or six interlibrary loan requests, write a letter to the library director, listing the books you've had to order via ILL and say something like this:
|I really appreciate my local library, but I've noticed that the collection is a bit lacking in books on a, b and c topics. Here are the books I've had to order via ILL lately. I'd greatly appreciate it if you would add some books in these areas to the collection.
If you can manage to include a small donation check with your letter it wouldn't hurt.
At my library I'm pretty easy. If someone comes in asking for a book about this or that I'll order it if I can possibly afford it. The only time I say no is if the book is on a very narrow topic--we just don't have room for really specialized material. I really love interlibrary loans though. It makes up for the tiny size of the library. Our collection is as big as the state