Why? Students had difficulty finding their favorite books. What are they going to see in bookstores, as adults? What are they going to see in public libraries? Non-readers were overwhelmed. Had to find some way to spark their interest.
How did it start? Developed the categories. Classic / Comparable Literary Merit Historical Sports Reality Chick-Lit Fantasy Sci-Fi Mystery Horror Manga
How will we know where to shelve them all? You must come up with some way to identify the books upon check-in and adding to the circulation system. Some options include: Using genre stickers Using duct tape and electrician’s tape Typing in a code into the call number in circ system Typing in a note in the MARC records Creating sub-locations within the circulation system
What did we do? Economical route Duct tape and electrician’s tape Clear tape to protect Creating sub-locations within the circulation system
How do the kids find the sections? Economical route Scrapbooking Paper that coordinated with colors Typed up the categories and printed them off
How do you decide where it should go? Look at the categories listed on the copyright page. Ask the kids that read the books. Be flexible and willing to change categories. Mistakes will be made, but it will be okay. Read the book flap or back cover.
Sci-Fi VS. Fantasy Sci-Fi Zombies Futuristic Changed by science Mutants Maximum Ride Life as We Knew It Generation Dead Uglies Fantasy Vampires Werewolves Faeries Magic Twilight Beastly Tithe Linger
How long & just how??? We made stacks on the tables – each table housed a genre. Do not be afraid to turn to the kids for help. They know the books. They want to help Expect chaos for 2-3 weeks at least. Map out which shelves will be used for each section Remember, mistakes will be made, but they can be fixed.
Results Circulation increased We saw students we had never seen before. The kids LOVE it. The teachers LOVE it. Students are able to see it in manageable pieces now. We do still shelve things wrong occasionally – we just fix it. Most importantly – happy kids!
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