Librarian Studies Trends to Select Books, Programs

By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Guest columnist

Daily Advance, Saturday, August 19, 2017

Librarian Krystal Lancaster helps patrons locate their favorite books in a variety of genres at the Camden County Public Library.

“I feel like one of the goals of our library is to support a love of reading and lifelong learning,” said Lancaster.

When selecting new books for the library’s collection, Lancaster analyzes data to determine what types of books have been most checked out in the past. She also evaluates the trends of books online.

“We recently added e-Audiobooks,” said Lancaster.

Lancaster said any person with a library card can download eBooks and e-Audiobooks by assessing the 3M Cloud Library E Books app on the library’s website. Once patrons have a library card and PIN number, they can access eBooks and e-Audiobooks from their own technology devices.

Library cards are distributed and can be used at all East Albemarle Regional Library locations in Camden, Pasquotank, Currituck and Dare.

Lancaster said a variety of services and programs are available at the Camden County Public Library.

Lancaster said an adult book club meets the third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. Story times and programs are available for babies, toddlers, pre-school aged children and school-aged children.

The Camden County Public Library also offers access to computers and gives individual technology assistance.

“We offer one-on-one sessions with a librarian,” said Lancaster, describing the technology help offered to patrons.

“I try to make the library user-friendly,” said Lancaster. “We organized the children’s library by subject instead of by author.”

By arranging books in the children’s section by subject, children are able to locate their favorite books in a more efficient way, according to Lancaster.

Lancaster said the library received a grant to create makerspaces. The makerspaces are available during the C.A.M. Lab twice a week.

“It appeals to all ages,” said Lancaster. “They are able to develop a better understanding of cause and effect and how new technology works.”

Originally from Currituck, Lancaster lives in Elizabeth City with her husband, Joshua, and their children, Emeline and Clara.

Lancaster earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from N.C. State University and her master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. Lancaster is a member of the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.

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