Planning Your Collection 6
Games to Consider 9
Preparing for Circulation 4
Maintenance of Your Collection 3
Will you circulate?
The first thing you should do is decide if they will circulate or if you’ll have an in-house collection. This is something we decided after we got our first batch of games. My plan was to use them all in house, and ordered games with that in mind. Then our administration decided to make them circulating once we had purchased and processed them but before we put them out.
It was definitely the right call to make, but I would have considered some games in a different light had I known that.
When we started, patrons could borrow one game at a time for two weeks. If I knew we would lend them, then some games like Zombie Dice wouldn’t have made the cut. Because I didn’t think it would be as exciting to take home a tube of 13 dice for 2 weeks and play a game that takes only 10 minutes over a game that plays for an hour instead.
I was wrong, and Zombie Dice is one of our most popular games with 42 circs in it’s history.
Still, some games I would have considered sooner, like games that take maybe 2 hours to play through. I didn’t expect patrons would want to come to the library all day in order to play it, but had I known then that they could take them home, I would be more open to getting those.
So while the decision to keep or lend might not impact your patrons interests, it can impact your choices as you decide what to select.