Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Public Libraries & Harry

Yesterday, In the Bookroom, a Library Journal blog, posted about two brothers calling themselves Harry and the Potters; a band they formed that plays songs about Harry Potter books. I haven't had a chance to look closely at their Harry and the Potters MySpace Music site, but it sounds like fun. If their total plays (3,342,933) or single day play statistics (3510 as of 8:57 am this morning, not including me) are any indication, I am not the only one who thinks so. Two of the songs listed are: Wizard Chess and Save Ginny Weasley.

Almost as an afterthought, there was mention at the bottom of the page concerning a recent AP article,
For libraries, 'Harry' carries rules. It seems Scholastic, publisher of the Harry Potter Series, is requiring public libraries ordering the book through Baker & Taylor to sign an agreement listing, among other things, the names of libraries and librarians who will be processing the book before the release date.

Please. I may be a bit biased, but the last person who would want to ruin the fun for a child reading the Harry Potter series conclusion is a librarian.

Wonder how academic libraries with children's collections are being affected? We have two copies ordered here and to my knowledge there was no mention of contract. It is time to make a trip downstairs and ask our requisitions librarian.

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