Have you ever wondered how library materials appear on the shelves, ready to be taken home and enjoyed?
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 both new and old books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for the public to enjoy.
First, a staff member picks out books from the millions that are published every year.
Librarians look at library review sources, best-seller lists and suggestions from patrons in accordance to the policy for acquiring materials.
Materials normally are bought from library suppliers, like the local Brodart Co., which are familiar with buying and delivering materials to libraries.
Some library suppliers do part of the work in 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 - materials used often and we want them to last.
The last step is to let the computer catalog know which materials the library has.
The 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 which items were available, but now users can immediately see and place holds on items that are going to be added months in the future.
E-books and audiobooks are added in much the same way - staff decides which ones to add, order them from a library supplier and linked to the online catalog and the ebranch2go site at ebranch2go.lib.overdrive.com for users to browse, sample and download for free.
The public may come into the library or sit at home to download any of the more than 1,500 new items that are added each month.
The library also is able to find readers a potential next favorite book with the free, personalized book recommendation service.
Those who don't know how to download items to a smartphone, tablet or e-reader may schedule an appointment with Sue Mayshock, the library audio-visual specialist, at 570-326-0536, ext. 122, and she will walk users through the process step-by-step on a device.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.