I'll never forget the joy I felt ordering books for the first time as a librarian. I can't forget it, because nine years later, I still feel that joy. I start stocking my shopping carts even as the previous year's budget is spent, loading them up with award winners from spring announcements and recommendations from publishers, blogs, and other librarians. There's always a series or three to fill, too.
This past spring was no different, except that I have the added challenge of spiffying up an older collection. (Yes, I know I made a word up there.) I have to balance out my wants--all those bright, shiny new publications--with my needs--updated nonfiction, replacing worn classics to increase their curb appeal.
After receiving my district book budget this year, I peeked at the shopping carts I'd started on my two favorite jobbers' sites...and the pain hit. I am already just over my budget limit, and I need to keep some funds in reserve for next year's Bluebonnet Award nominees and books from the spring library conference.
Do I start culling my list...or do I ask for more money from my campus?
I think it will be less painful to do the latter. I have a feeling they love the joy of new books, too.