Saturday, 23 March 2019

Good Genealogy Service at the Ottawa Public Library

How good are Ottawa Public Library genealogy services? To get some perspective I looked at the fourteen most recent genealogy book acquisitions at the Toronto Public Library and compared with the OPL holdings.

The TPL holds a total of 50 copies of these books and there are nine total holds. The OPL holds 68 copies of all the same books and there are no holds. It doesn't mean they're not being borrowed, just that an appropriate number is purchased.

It was interesting to note that the book with most holds at the TPL and most copies on loan at the OPL was The Family Tree Irish genealogy guide : how to trace your ancestors in Ireland by Claire Santry.

Only two OPL genealogy books have holds:  31 Days to Better Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow has two holds on five copies; The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, 2019 edition by Blaine Bettinger, which is on order, has 30 holds.

Congratulations to OPL and the genealogy team.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Ottawa Public Library needs to rethink the number of copies it purchases of genealogy books.