And the winner is …
Want to know what the most requested interlibrary loan item was among all the SHAREit libraries for 2016? It was the very popular novel, A man called Ove / by Fredrik Backman. It has been requested over 990 times so far in 2016 by SHAREit users.
Last year in 2015, the most requested item was another popular novel, All the light we cannot see /by Anthony Doerr.
TOP TEN TITLES REQUESTED THROUGH SHAREit™ – 2016
A man called Ove: a novel 992
The nightingale 525
Boys in the boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics 437
Me before you 423
The girl on the train 372
All the light we cannot see: a novel 327
My brilliant friend 195
Cure for the common life: living in your sweet spot 162
The light between oceans: a novel 150
Between the world and me 147
TOP TEN TITLES REQUESTED THROUGH SHAREit™ – 2015
All the light we cannot see: a novel 649
The girl on the train 363
The invention of wings 360
Orphan train 336
The husband’s secret 293
Me before you 194
Storm clouds rolling in 178
The Rosie project 162
The nightingale 152
Still Alice: a novel 142
Interlibrary loan is generally thought of as a source for books from academic or specialty publishers, for non-fiction titles, for older formats (e.g. VHS or audio-cassettes), for documentary films, etc. This perception endures because many libraries remain reluctant to interloan their new releases in movies, music or books. Yet, looking at these top ten lists does prove that newer and popular fiction is an important part of resource sharing in SHAREit.
While this is an interesting look at what titles are the most requested, still questions remain. This report only gives us the numbers of titles requested; it does not indicate how many of those requests were supplied by a lender. Most of these top requests were for very popular bestsellers; yet we do not get any insight into why so many libraries might be requesting these titles rather than purchasing them. The report does not tell us what type of library requested the titles or what type of library supplied the titles.
There is still more to discover about why these are the most popular interlibrary loan requests this year. Hopefully, we can dig deeper into the request statistics to find answers to these puzzles.