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Final post

Since the University College Library has been on Twitter since January (@UCLibrary_UofT), I am no longer posting to this blog (but am keeping the existing blog entries for archival purposes).

UC Library on Twitter:  twitter.com/uclibrary_uoft

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Us Conductors wins the Giller Prize

I see from the library catalogue that not one of U of T’s copies of Us Conductors, by Sean Michaels, is currently checked out (including the UC Library’s) — unlike the other Giller Prize-shortlisted books, which are by better known authors.

But I doubt this will still be the case tomorrow, since this first-time novelist won the Giller Prize this evening!

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Fall into an autumn read

Our latest display at the front of the UC Library is “Fall into an autumn read,” with books like Autumn Rounds by Jacques Poulin, My October by Claire Rothman (which is longlisted for the Giller Prize), and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell. As always, you are welcome to borrow the books in the display!

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Copyright and course readings

You have probably heard about the upcoming expiration of U of T’s agreement with Access Copyright on Dec. 31, 2013. I’ve added some information to the UC Library website about the new copyright situation for U of T instructors as of January 1st:

Your favourite bestsellers

I was curious to see which bestsellers have been borrowed the most from the UC Library since we launched our Bestsellers collection last Fall (Sept. 2012). (I’m only counting actual loans not renewals.)

Here are the winners!

IN FIRST PLACE — OUR MOST POPULAR BESTSELLER! — WITH 15 LOANS:

TIED FOR SECOND MOST POPULAR — WITH 14 LOANS EACH:

IN THIRD PLACE — WITH 12 LOANS:

TIED FOR FOURTH PLACE — WITH 11 LOANS EACH:

TIED FOR FIFTH PLACE — WITH 10 LOANS EACH:

TIED FOR SIXTH PLACE — WITH 9 LOANS EACH:

It isn’t a totally fair competition: it would be hard for books we just bought this Fall to “catch up” to books we’ve had since last Fall.  Also, a few of our bestsellers were so popular in the first year that I bought a second copy a few months ago, and that gives them even more chance to rack up loans.

Even so, I find this a pretty interesting list: Non-fiction appears to be even more popular than fiction! And it’s interesting that some books that were first published years ago are still going strong, including Norman Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself (2007) and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (2008).  The stats above are for the paperback copies in our Bestsellers section, but the hardcover editions of these two books have also been very popular with UC Library patrons, ever since they appeared.

Graphic novels at the UC Library

Lately I’ve been working on expanding the UC Library’s collection of graphic novels, and we now have over a hundred — with more on the way!

Our recent display at the front of the library featured graphic novels by women, and our library assistants reported that the books “went like hotcakes.” The authors included:

Several of these authors are discussed in the book Graphic women : life narrative and contemporary comics.

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Holiday reading

Looking forward to some holiday reading? Starting today, Best Sellers you borrow from the UC Library will not be due until January 8 or later!