Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Let’s Make a Deal! Creative Collection Floating Opportunities

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 108 AB

Learn how the Houston (TX) Public Library addressed challenges in managing their floating collection and re-envisioned the role of floating in their overall collection management strategy. Far beyond simply handling the redistribution of bestseller returns, floating has become a major system-wide resource sharing tool and provides a creative means for handling many special projects. Attendees will participate in a small group activity, imagining and sharing floating ideas that might be implemented in their own libraries.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Understand the benefits of dedicating staff to centralized floating management 2: Learn about innovative uses of floating as a collection management tool 3: Be inspired to use floating creatively

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Imagine

Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Collection Development, Innovation, Organizational Change, Resource Sharing, Technical Services


Mary Wagoner, Senior Manager of Special Projects
Houston Public Library , Houston , TX

Mary Wagoner joined Houston Public Library in 1991 and currently serves as Senior Manager, Special Projects in Customer Experience. Projects range from building renovations and a Lean Six Sigma study to workforce literacy partnerships and grants. Mary was Project Director for two Institute of Museum and Library Services' grants (2006-10 and 2012-14). Mary was Senior Manager for nine (9) Neighborhood Library locations from 2008 to 2014 and served as President of TALL Texans in 2010-11.

Sara Karow, Centralized Floating Coordinator
Houston Public Library , Houston , TX

Sara Karow is Houston Public Library?s Centralized Floating Coordinator. Sara joined HPL as a reference librarian in 1988, serving in several neighborhood library positions before moving into Collection Development as Adult Specialist in 2001, with responsibility for English and Spanish centralized selection as well as system-wide collection management. She was called upon to become Floating Coordinator in 2015, designing and implementing float management workflows for HPL's 38 Neighborhood and Express Libraries.

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