February 5th, 2013

Collection Analysis: Printz Award Part 2

Okay, so part 2 is all about the Branch. (Check out Part 1) This is my middle class, heavy reader community and I think the stats easily show that. Before I say anything more I want to give full disclosure, my list only includes books that are currently in the Teen Area at the Branch. I  have included copies that have recently gone into missing, lost, or withdrawn because most had circulated in the past 8 months (we switched systems end of June) and I wanted their numbers to still count.

The following titles are located in JUV, meaning they were not added into my list. I may reevaluate some of these titles and move them to teen, but for now they are not part of my data.

Skellig by David Almond
Kit’s Wildnerness by David Almond
Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
Heart to Heart by Jan Greenberg
Hole in my Life by Jacke Gantos
John Lennon: All I want is the Truth by Elizabeth Patridge
A Wreath for Emmit Till by Marilyn Nelson
Charles and Emma by Debra Heiligman

There were also a couple of titles that should be in teen, but are not owned by the Branch (although they are by our Main Library)

Dreamquake : book two of the Dreamhunter duet by Elizabeth Knox
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boy by Gary D. Schmidt
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
The Returning by Christine Hinwood

 I also only have Code Name Verity and Dodger already ordered from this year’s list.

Okay, so what I learned. Where most books at the Main Library where sitting at an average of 3 circs, my Branch is at 5 circs or more. In fact, while the Main Library has 27 titles with 2 or less average circulations the Branch only has 7! That’s a huge difference. Again, Why We Broke Up is in first place. I don’t think I expected that one to be in top, but it makes sense since it’s one of the newer books and had a lot of buzz. It’s also interesting to see that Stolen, The Book ThiefScorpio Races, and Looking for Alaska were in the top 10 at both locations. I think that says something with 5 books stand out as leaders at two different locations. And while Code Name Verity isn’t in the top 10 at the Branch, it’s not that far behind. I’ll be interested to see if it jumps ranks this coming year.

There are still 11 titles that haven’t circ’d in the last 8 months. A little better than the Main Library, but it still makes me sad. Interestingly enough, the only overlap in titles between the two locations are Black JuiceMy HeartbeatWhite Darkness, and The Ropemaker. I am surprised at how well Octavian Nothing is doing. I feel like that one is always on the shelf, but seeing that it had 5 check-outs in the past 8 months proves otherwise. However, I am curious why they’re not continuing on to the sequel as that has one had 1 check-out recently and has half the circulation that book one does. I may not be too far off on thinking this one doesn’t have high appeal with my teens, but at least they’re trying it out.

Again, there is no surprise in which titles have staying power and which do not. Those titles are almost exactly the same at both locations. However, being a John Green fan girl, I am pleased to see both Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska are doing well. I don’t do storage at the Branch, but I really don’t see any titles that will be withdrawn in the coming months. There are a couple I need to get back into the spotlight, but besides the few that have already been pulled the rest are doing well enough. As with the Main Library there are a couple of titles I need to order replacements for and maybe even additional copies. All in all, I’m very pleased to see the Printz Award titles doing so well at the Branch. The numbers at both locations really have given me a new perspective on the award and appeal, especially since I booktalk about very few of these titles. This is something I do plan to change in the future; I’m going to encourage my co-workers to read some of the titles on the list and creating a display around the winner/honors.

Below is all the data I collected. The tables are sortable if you wish to look at them in different orders. If you have any question/think I might have left something out just leave a comment. I realize this may really only be fascinating to me, but I would still love to hear other’s thoughts/have a discussion. I also plan on doing the same thing for the Morris Award, which should be posted next week.

TITLE
AUTHOR
# OF COPIES
LIFETIME CIRCS
CIRC W/IN LAST YR
AVERAGE CIRCS
AVERAGE CIRCS PER BOOK
OLDEST COPY
Why We Broke UpHandler, Daniel1191119191yr
StolenChristopher, Lucylost36018182yrs
The Book ThiefZusak, Marcus3, 1 lost2612560156yrs
Looking for AlaskaGreen, John1, 1 lost1191624125yrs
I am the MessengerZusak, Marcus21201122117yrs
Ship BreakerBacigalupi, Paolo2321222112yrs
The Scorpio RacesStiefvater, Maggie3311131101yr
Where Things Come BackWhaley, John Corey1, 1 lost201020101yr
Hard LoveWittlinger, Ellen11311101013yrs
The Body of Christopher CreedPlum-Ucci, Carol1 lost (as of 10/12)341994 yrs
Please ignore Vera DietzKing, A.S.190991yr
Jasper JonesSilvey, Craig193991yr
Code Name VerityWein, Elizabeth19899less 1yr
Angus, Thongs, & Full Frontal SnoggingRennison, Louise21378178.58 years
The First Part LastJohnson, Angela1, 1 withdrawn1325178.58yrs
Going BovineBray, Libba1, 1 withdrawn524178.53yrs
SpeakAnderson, Laurie Halse6, 2 withdrawn2881048810yrs
An Abundances of KatherinesGreen, John296161686yrs
The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks : a novelLockhart, E1305884yrs
DodgerPratchett, Terry18888less 1yr
The House of the ScorpionFarmer, Nancy1, 1 lost1037157.510yrs
A Northern LightDonnelly, Jennifer1467668yrs
The MonstrumologistYancey, Richard1171663yrs
Stuck in NeutralTrueman, Terry2475115.55yrs
How I live nowRosoff, Meg1432558yrs
RepossessedJenkins, A.M1250555yrs
NationPratchett, Terry1216554yrs
RevolverSedgwick, Marcus190552yrs
Black JuiceLanagan, Margowithdrawn, last circ 2010250447yrs
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation. 1 The pox partyAnderson, M.T.1245446yrs
SurrenderHartnett, Sonya1191445yrs
Tales of the Madman UndergroundBarnes, John1121443yrs
American Born ChineseYang, Gene1222445yrs
My HeartbeatFreymann-Weyr, Garret13503.53.510yrs
MonsterMyers, Walter Dean6, 3 lost/missing11562638yrs
FreewillLynch, Chris26446310yrs
Fat Kid Rules the WorldGoing, K.L.1, 1 withdrawn470638yrs
A Step From HeavenNa, An26226310yrs
Keesha's HouseFrost, Helenwithdrawn, last circ 2011230338yrs
White DarknessMcCaughrean, Geraldine.1140335yrs
One whole and perfect dayClarke, Judithwithdrawn161335yrs
Jellicoe RoadMarchetta, Melina1133334yrs
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the WavesAnderson, M.T.1131334yrs
Chanda's SecretsStratton, Allan1151237yrs
Tender MorselsLanagan, Margo192224yrs
Your Own SylviaHemphill, Stephanie1120227yrs
The RopemakerDickison, Peter1 withdrawn, last circ 20111101210yrs
True BelieverWolff, Virginia E1 withdrawn1201111yrs
Postcards from Noman's LandChambers, Aidan1 withdrawn1011110yrs

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