For the past year and a half, I’ve been lucky enough to be working on a revolutionary Collection Development project for the San Jose Public Library System in California. Through a bond measure that passed in 2000, all the current branches will be renovated and expanded, and 2 new buildings will be built(between 2000 and 2010), creating a total of 24 branches in the San Jose network.
Well, my assignment is based on the last 6 branches that will be opening between this summer and 2010. These 6 branches are empty shells, that will be receiving brand new collections, titles. Its a pretty incredible undertaking, trying to create a core library collection for 6 huge branches all at once.
I post this now, because we are finally so close to the open date, and I am working on the invoices right now, looking through all the different titles we’ve ordered. Its hard to believe that I’m helping stock these libraries with over 40k titles in all formats (print, media, etc).
Since I’m not officially a librarian, (I do have a 2nd job interview on Monday! Keep those fingers crossed for me!), I didn’t get to choose specific titles for each branch, but hopefully I will be able to for the next 4 that open up in the next 2 years.
Its just funny how quickly a year can pass. Last year I was conducting a community assessment survey to see what the 6 neighborhoods receiving these collections are looking for in their library, and now we’re at the title selection and processing phase. I doubt an opportunity like this will pop up in my life anytime soon, so I’m grateful I have a hand in this right now. I can’t wait until opening to just walk into the libraries and say “I helped create you”.
The little rewards in life. =)