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Keep Our Manga Collections Alive by Checking Them Out! (P.S. – Miss Shojo Beat?)

Naruto never gives up! And neither should you... on our manga collection.

One of the most inspiring things from 2009 was watching tons of awesome teens help save their Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh neighborhood libraries through advocacy efforts that helped fund us through some really tough budgetary times.

However, what this library of the future actually has to offer could easily change if you don’t actually use the library to check out materials–and tell all your friends to do the same.

I’m going to give you a quick and easy lesson about how library budgets work:

If you don’t use it, you lose it.

I buy the manga for the Main library here in Oakland, and a lot of my decisions are duplicated (aka “piggybacked”) in our many branch libraries. The decisions I make and the amount of money I have to spend impacts the amount of manga available to check out throughout Pittsburgh.

If I can’t justify buying a new series (or continuing an old one) based on how many times people check out similar manga (or older titles in the same series), then everybody loses:

  1. I lose because I can’t buy cool new stuff, which is one of the fun parts of my job.
  2. Branch libraries lose because they have less and less to choose from when it comes to piggybacking.
  3. YOU LOSE because you can’t curl up at home with a free new manga that you were able to check out–again, for free–from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Circulation of manga fell 15% between 2008 and 2009. You can guess what happened to the budget.

Part of this is probably because you can pretty much read any translated manga series you want, online, for free, within a week of when it’s published in Japan. I can understand that.

What I hope you understand is what happens when you go entirely online and give up on the kinds of books that you can drag with you to bed, on a couch, or one of the comfy “foof chairs” we have in the Main library Teen section: they start to disappear.

And the whole reason you advocated for the library to begin with? All of the cool materials and services we provide to teens across Pittsburgh?

They’re gone.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main

P.S. – DID YOU KNOW: The former manga monthly magazine Shojo Beat has re-emerged in an online-only format. Check it out here: Viz Signature Ikki!

3 Responses

  1. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!! i CHECKED OUT SO MUCH MANGA BEFORE I HAD A BILLION BOOKS OVERDUE!!! MUST. GET. TO. LIBRARY. NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! plus, I haven’t read new manga in months (MONTHS, I tell you) , nor have I read novels. I NEED books. MANGA IS MY LIFE FORCE!!!!!

    • Clara!!!!!!! Call us to talk about our Fine Alternative Program! You can work off your fines by reading and writing about manga!!!!!!!!! WE NEED YOUR LIFE FORCE BACK!!!!


  2. Thank you for posting up this information. I hope your patrons will understand the value of having manga in the library and checking it out with their library card. It will help the circulation stats.

    If you are itnerested, here is an article on my blog about the current state of the industry. http://somethingdeeperanimemangaandcomics.blogspot.com/2010/10/vicious-circle.html

    I wish you much luck, and I hope your library will continue to grow.

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