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Why do I buy library bindings?

Elementary school students are so hard on books that I need good
bindings. I used to buy Follett books with clear plastic covers and I
had so many many repairs to do. The books from Bound to Stay Bound are
terrific for young students. I buy from BTSB first and then go to
Follett for what I can't get from BTSB and try to stay away from clear
plastic covers as much as possible.

The paperbacks are in terrible shape but I hang on to them as long as
possible (usually free from book fairs) or I pick them up "used".

The collection is about 8,000 (books, that is) and the circulation is
about 12,000 or more books a year. It is really a pretty good
collection compared to the four other schools in our county that I
worked in (started out with three schools...). Our PTA started the
library with new books vs. putting all the battered classroom books
into a room and calling it a library!

I get a lot of memorials since this is a small town and have two
fundraisers. The budget was about $1,800 when I started in 1976 (plus
federal funds) and in 1998 it was about $1,400 and then slashed 2/3.
For a while the SIT Team gave me 1/3 back. But even the school budget
has more definite spending categories and classroom libraries seem to
be more of a priority these days.

We had had some major state grant money in the 2000, 2001 and 2002
(with strings attached), but it has ended.   Grant money is fine but
you can't make up for many years of low funding in one swoop.

We should now have more money in our budget than the $1,800 that I
started with since the books back then were about $6.00 or so! But we
are an area that has lost a lot of industry and that has hurt
everything budget-wise. So I keep raising funds (I'm getting really
good at it) and hoping for the best!

Thanks for your concern,
Deb Hendrickson

On Saturday, January 22, 2005, at 07:07 PM, Jan Radford wrote:

> I am following this discussion with great interest.
> In Sydney I have a limited budget for 7-12 High School SO I CHOOSE
> paperbacks rather pay the extra for library bindings.  I would rather 2
> resources than one.  I figure that the curriculum changes, currency is
> important, and the students' interets in fiction are subject to
> fashion.
> When I arrived here 5 years ago there was a series which was hot hot
> hot!
> but these books have not been borrowed in 4 years despite being in good
> condition.  Now the author has published a belated followup I have to
> resell
> all over again.
>
> When I get resources from the US.. such as  Marshall Cavendish, I do
> appreciate the bindings, however they are expensive and if I was
> offered a
> cheaper version I would buy it.
>
> I replace very few books because of poor condition.
> I very occasionally will spiral bind a paperbound a resource to keep it
> going.
>
> HOWEVER, if an item donated is in poor condition, I too do not add it.
>
> Our text book system also uses paperback versions.  We are not offered
> nor
> could we afford 30 copies in the more expensive binding.
>
> Such a different point of view!
>
> So my question is ... If you have a limited budget, why would you
> choose
> library bindings?
> What size are your collections?
>
>
>
> Jan Radford
> TL @ Delany College Library with 20,000 resources.
> Granville NSW
> AUSTRALIA
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "D. J Hendrickson" <DHendrickson07@ATLANTICBB.NET>
> To: <LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
> Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2005 10:16 AM
> Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Hit:average price of book
>
>
>> I agree with Jill, too. With my limited budget (under $400.00), I want
>> every book to hold up. If someone gives me books that do not have
>> binding, I pass them on the the classroom libraries unless they are
>> something really special.
>> I also do not have the time to do cataloging and processing (except of
>> the occasional video that we are able to purchase/get free) as I have
>> multiple jobs in my school and no help except for the occasional
>> volunteer. We have had a "homemade" circulation system (since 2000)
>> through the internet that accepts data from jobber's data disks quite
>> nicely!
>> I mainly use BTSB and Follett when BTSB does not have the title. I
>> occasionally use other vendors, but unfortunately it does not take
>> much
>> time to spend my budget or any money that I can raise through magazine
>> solicitations (excellent fundraiser!) book fairs and/or memorial
>> donations.
>> Deb Hendrickson
>>
>> Deborah J. Hendrickson
>> Media Specialist/Technology Leader
>> Westernport Elementary School
>> 172 Church Street
>> Westernport, MD 21562
>> On Saturday, January 22, 2005, at 05:27 PM, Tony L. Pope wrote:
>>
>>> I agree with Jill.  I was even thinking about the previous posting
>>> while
>>> walking on the treadmill at the gym!  Ha...  Go  figure!!!  I
>>> primarily use Bound
>>> to Stay Bound, but will go to  Sagebrush Books if BTSB doesn't have a
>>> particular title.  I've compared  prices and sometimes have found
>>> BTSB
>>> to even be
>>> cheaper than others.  Out  of 16 years in the library I've never had
>>> A
>>> BTSB book
>>> with poor pages, weak  spines and never had one to tall apart.  I
>>> can't say
>>> that about  others...even Sagebrush.  I had to have the same book
>>> replaced three
>>> or  four times through Sagebrush after only a few checkouts each
>>> time.
>>>  While
>>>  that was rare and they have a lifetime replacement policy, it still
>>> took a
>>> lot  of time to process the replacements.
>>>
>>> We had a Barnes & Noble open here about two years ago and this  past
>>> fall we
>>> did a book fair with them at their store.  We didn't make much
>>> (about
>>> $80),
>>> but afterwards our contact there began talking to me about buying
>>> our
>>> library
>>> books through them.  When I mentioned about "library bound"  quality
>>> books,
>>> she said oh ours are library bound!  I think only media  specialists
>>> and our
>>> special vendors understand the term...ha...
>>>
>>> Last year I had a father come to us after sending a note home about a
>>> book
>>> the son had lost.  He came in to pay for it...then when we told him
>>> it
>>> was
>>> about $17+ (can't remember the amount) he told my parapro that he
>>> would  just
>>> order it cheaper from Amazon.com.  She explained to him the
>>> difference.  I think
>>> they ended up finding the book!
>>>
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Tony Pope, Library Media Specialist
>>> McHenry Primary School
>>> 100 McHenry Drive
>>> Rome, GA 30161
>>> _Pope1966@aol.com_ (mailto:Pope1966@aol.com)
>>>
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