Every year OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), tabulates a list of the most interlibrary loaned (ILL) titles each year. Take a look at what happened in 2018.
The top 10 ILL’d titles for 2018
- Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
- 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson
- Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
- Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
- Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
- Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis
- A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
- Licensed to Lie, by Sidney Powell
- Maps of Meaning, by Jordan Peterson
- For the first time in three years, Hillbilly Elegy is not on the list.
- Also, for the first time, one author, Jordan Peterson, has two books on the list, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos and Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief.
- The titles on their list mirror those on four best seller lists: Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Barnes and Noble, and USA Today:
- Girl Wash Your Face, which was #7 on their list, landed in the top ten of all of these lists.
- Educated, 12 Rules for Life, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck appeared on at least one of the lists.
- Surprisingly, Becoming, Michelle Obama’s autobiography, didn’t make their top ten list but was number one on all of the lists mentioned above. However, the book has been the most or second most requested title for the first three months of 2019.
Another interesting list that OCLC looked at was Amazon’s 2018: This Year in Books, which lists the most sold books across all formats—Kindle, print, audiobooks, and subscriptions. The company breaks the list into fiction and non-fiction. The ILL request traffic on their system tracked this list pretty closely, with their top seven titles appearing on one of the lists.
The top journals for 2018
This year, for the first time, OCLC thought they would include the list of the top 2018 serials from which articles were requested. There’s a heavy bent towards medical journals, which is understandable given the need for the most current research information.
- JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
- Journal of Advanced Nursing
- Journal of Clinical Nursing
- Disability and Rehabilitation
- Teachers College Record
- Journal of the American Academy of child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Early Child Development and Care
- Brain Injury: BI
It will be interesting to see what will be popular in 2019. Any predictions?