Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Most of the teen audio that gets a lot of use is the stuff that is either SUPER popular or is assigned at school, and I think that even in those cases the audio is only checked out as a last resort. A lot of sci-fi and fantasy series go out, but I know for sure that those are mostly going home with adults. When an item costs $50 and I'm calling 5-6 lifetime circs "good" I know there's a problem.
I tend to buy audiobooks as an afterthought--three or four big carts a year--and I often delegate the task to an intern (if I have one). In the future I'll keep it to myself, there are definitely some rookie mistakes in that pile. Things I would have known better to buy, and even a few instances where we owned the audio book but not the book proper. I wouldn't think to tell an intern to check if we had the book first, because it seems so obvious to ME. A good reminder for myself, since I will hopefully be hiring a shiny new intern in a month or so.
As I weeded away, I started to consider the idea of interfiling audiobooks with print books in the teen room. It wouldn't work for adults or children, where people browse the collection, but I don't think the teens browse for audiobooks. I might give it a try for six months and see how it goes if I can make it work in the space. What do you think?