Patron requests often drive library purchases


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Karen Emery, the Johnson County Public Library adult materials selector, looks through a magazine listing books that will soon be released. After Emery finds something she thinks library patrons will enjoy, she uses an online database to review and order the selections. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


If you have a hard time deciding which book to read next, imagine trying to pick about 30,000 books, CDs and DVDs each year that thousands of residents would enjoy.

That’s the job library materials selectors have. Johnson County and Greenwood libraries each have two selectors tasked with picking out all the new materials, but they get help by ordering best-sellers, reviewing checkout statistics, reading literary reviews and taking your requests.

The libraries are now working on buying more digital copies, such as e-books, and streaming music and videos for their collections.

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