January 17, 2022

Baker & Taylor Launches circPoint, Service Allows Publishers to Mine Circulation Data From Public Library Systems

Do library’s have to opt-in to share the data? Are they compensated for the data they provide?

From a Baker & Taylor Announcement:

CollectionHQ [from Baker & Taylor is launching circPoint] a Web-based toolset that gives publishers valuable insight into trends about public library circulations.

Available on a subscription basis, circPoint is the first system of its kind offering publishers a behind-the-scenes look into how titles are circulated at public libraries.

With just a login and password, publishers can mine circulation data from 55 of the country’s top 100 public library systems, filtering and searching by author, title, subjects, ISBNs, publishers and regions to determine where readership is on the rise or falling. Publishers, for example, can see how western authors are faring in specific southeastern states. Or users can search to see which subjects or BISAC subject headings are performing best to aid with strategic planning.

“This is an analytics tool that helps publishers understand the trends to see what’s circulating, what’s not, and get a sense of future content demand,” said Scott Crawford, Vice President and General Manager of collectionHQ. “There’s never been this level of clarity, of being able to look into the library market to understand what’s going on.”

circPoint’s data is driven by collectionHQ, a powerful collection management tool that manages circulation data for the majority of the United States’ top libraries. Data is available from more than 250 U.S. public libraries, including more than 4,000 library branches.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.