Posts Tagged ‘Irish PLR’

March: Library Chart Toppers

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from March 2009.

Most borrowed authors in March 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
3. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper
4. James Patterson
5. Maeve Binchy
6. Roger Hargreaves
7. J.K. Rowling
8. Dav Pilkey
9. Cecelia Ahern
10. Judi Curtin; illustrated by Woody Fox

Children’s books continue to be extremely popular with Irish readers. Seven of the Top 10 authors for March are children’s authors.

Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants series features in our Top 10 list of authors for the first time. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series continues to feature in our Top 10 list of authors for the third consecutive month.

Judi Curtin, author of the Alice and Megan series features in our Top 10 list for the first time.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern in the Top 10 list.

Most Borrowed titles in March 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test- Prometric/Road Safety Authority
2. The boy in the striped pyjamas- John Boyne
3. Heart and soul- Maeve Binchy
4. The secret scripture- Sebastian Barry
5. Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter- Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
6. This charming man- Marian Keyes
7. My sister Jodie- Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
8. Dracula- Bram Stoker
9. The gift- Cecelia Ahern
10. A thousand splendid suns- Khaled Hosseini

The author of the most borrowed book, however, won’t get anything from PLR! The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed book for the third consecutive month, but official publications are not eligible for payment.

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.

February: Top 10 Borrowed Books and Authors

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country.  The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from February 2009.

The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the most borrowed book in February.

The most popular author in Irish libraries continues for the second month to be the prolific Francesca Simon, who along with illustrator Tony Ross, is behind the Horrid Henry series. Three of the Horrid Henry books feature in the Top 10 list of borrowed books in February.

Jacqueline Wilson continues in second position with Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series featuring in our Top 10 list for the second time. Roger Hargreaves, author and illustrator of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series also joins our Top 10 list for the first time in seventh place.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern featuring in the Top 10 list.

Most borrowed books in February 2009

1. The Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority
2. This charming man – Marian Keyes
3. Heart and soul – Maeve Binchy
4. The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne
5. Horrid Henry and football fiend- Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross
6. Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb- Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross
7. Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine-Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross
8. My sister Jodie – Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
9. The secret scripture – Sebastian Barry
10. Forgive and forget- Patricia Scanlan

Most borrowed authors in February 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
2. Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
3. Daisy Meadows: illustrated by Georgie Ripper
4. Maeve Binchy
5. J.K. Rowling
6. James Patterson
7. Roger Hargreaves
8. Cecelia Ahern
9. Roald Dahl
10. Stephenie Meyer

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.

PLR Launch Photos

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD at the PLR Launch

Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD.

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Standing L-R: Jean Harrington, Maverick House Publishing, Samantha Holman, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD and Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne.
Seated L-R: Sarah Bannon, Arts Council and Conor Kostick, Irish Writers Union.

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L-R: Ruth Flanagan, Cork County Librarian, Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne,  Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD, Conor Kostick, Irish Writers Union, Deirdre Ellis King, Dublin City Librarian.

Minister encourages authors to register for PLR

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Authors have even more reason to cheer during Library Ireland Week this year, with the announcement that they may now apply to receive payments when their books are borrowed from public libraries.

The Public Lending Remuneration Scheme (PLR) was established at the end of last year with funding provided by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Authors (and illustrators and translators) who register their books with the Library Council, who are managing the scheme, may be eligible to receive a payment each time the book is borrowed from one of the country’s 358 public libraries.

Speaking at the Library Council today [3rd March 2009], Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD, thanked the library services for their co-operation in getting the scheme underway. ‘Public libraries have started providing the Library Council with details of what books they lend each month and I’m delighted that the Library Council is now inviting authors to register for the scheme. The Department is pleased to be able to support writers through the PLR’.

There are 14 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in 12.5 million loans of books.

Conor Kostick of the Irish Writers’ Union welcomed PLR, remarking that ‘Writers value the role of libraries and will continue to co-operate with librarians in promoting Irish literature. In addition to providing some money to authors, which is always welcome, the PLR scheme will give writers information about where and by whom their books are being read and all authors find that kind of feedback very encouraging’.

Many Irish authors receive PLR payments from the UK, where a scheme has been in operation since 1979.

The Irish Scheme is closely modelled on the UK one, and according to Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, the UK authorities have been of great assistance in the establishment of the scheme here: ‘We have a close working relationship with the PLR office in the UK and I want to thank them for their the advice and support they have given to us’.

Submitting her own registration form at the Library Council, author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne remarked: ‘The part libraries play in disseminating books, often long after they have gone out of print, is crucial. My guess is that libraries will be even more used in the future. That authors will now benefit thanks to the implementation of PLR in Ireland is wonderful. I am immensely grateful to the Irish Writer’s Union and others who have campaigned long and hard for this day.’  

Information on the scheme is available at www.plr.ie.

Further information: Brendan Teeling, bteeling@librarycouncil.ie, 086 1725752 or
Eva McEneaney, emceneaney@librarycouncil.ie, 01 6761167.

The press release is available for download as a pdf document on the www.plr.ie webpage.

January: Irish authors have lots of loans

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Books by Irish authors are very popular with Irish library users. Five of the top ten borrowed books in January are books of Irish authors. The most borrowed Irish author, coming in third overall, was Maeve Binchy.

The author of the most borrowed book, however, won’t get anything from PLR! The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed book in January, but official publications are not eligible for payment.

Prolific US writer James Patterson joins our Top 10 list in seventh place. He has been the UK’s most borrowed author for the last two years from July 2006-June 2008.

The most popular author in Irish libraries is the prolific Francesca Simon, who along with illustrator Tony Ross, is behind the Horrid Henry series.

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities.

The data below are from January 2009.

Most borrowed books in January 2009

1. The Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority
2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
3. This charming man – Marian Keyes
4. Heart and soul – Maeve Binchy
5. This year it will be different – Maeve Binchy
6. Forgive and forget – Patricia Scanlan
7. My sister Jodie – Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
8. Someone special – Sheila O’Flanagan
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling
10.The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

Most borrowed authors in January 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
2. Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
3. Maeve Binchy
4. Cecelia Ahern
5. J.K. Rowling
6. Daisy Meadows: illustrated by Georgie Ripper
7. James Patterson
8. Sheila O’Flanagan
9. John Boyne
10. Marian Keyes

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.