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How do I donate a new self-published book to the library?

I just self-published a children's picture book and would like to donate a copy to the library so it's available for interlibrary loan. I don't know how to categorize it (I see some books actually have library of congress numbers - how do they do that?) but it's about children making lefse, a norwegian flatbread, so maybe "ethnic food" or cooking? So I'd also like to know how you would categorize it, for my own info. The book was printed and bound in Nebraska.
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2017  |  44 Views
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Thanks for asking! It's great having such an active community of local authors, and the world can always use more books about lefse. Whether local or international, all our materials have to fit our collection development policies and the needs and interests of our community. To have your book considered for addition to our library, please see the instructions on this page for authors and artists. Our collection development team will be happy to take a look at it. As a self-published author you may be missing some of the information listed there, but include as much as you can. 

As far as how the book would be cataloged and classified, that's an odd mix of art and science and depends heavily on the library (and librarian) making the decision, so I can't really give a meaningful answer. If you're curious about the principles consider taking a look at this book on cataloging for small libraries - and speaking of books, if you haven't already, we've got some books about self-publishing that might help you navigate the sometimes muddy waters. Please feel free to email back or call 402-444-4800 with further questions. 

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