Ever wonder how a book or DVD finds its home in the library? No, there aren't any library elves that magically do the work overnight, but there is a team of dedicated library staff who make sure we have new material everyday.
First, a staff member picks out the books from the millions published every year. We look at library review sources, best-seller lists and suggestions from regular customers.
Once we have a list, we purchase materials from library merchants, such as Brodart, a local company who supplies libraries across the nation with reading materials.
Some library suppliers do part of the preparation work of getting materials ready for circulating, like applying protective covers, reinforcing cases and covering the surface of DVDs.
Otherwise, library staff have to ensure that items are ready for the public. Materials get a lot of use and need to last.
The last step is to let the computer 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. They can even see what is planned to be added in the future.
E-books in a similar way. Staff members decide which ones to add, then they are ordered from a library supplier who converts the book into a digital file. Finally, the library links it to an online catalog and the Ebranch2go site for users to browse, sample and download.
Whether you are seeking materials for lifelong learning, personal enjoyment or for information, visit the library (or sit at home and download) and enjoy the more than 1,500 items added each month.
The James V. Brown Library is helping to move Lycoming County forward by providing the community with the resources they seek and need.
Visit the JVB library between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 19 E. Fourth St. or visit www.jvbro wn.edu.