Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Connecting with displays

Prom Reading

Another Spring Event that we like to highlight is the Jr. / Sr. Prom.  This year's theme was Masquerade so we pulled in not only Prom fiction and non-fiction, but also books with the Masquerade theme.  I also send a "Prom Movie List" to students.  And of course, I help chaperone!

Prom Books
21 Proms - a collection of prom stories
Prom by  Laurie Halse Anderson
Once Upon a Prom series by Jeanine Le Ny
Prom And Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Promposal by Rhonda Helms

Prom-themed movies
Carrie (1976)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Valley Girl (1983)
American Pie (1999)
She's All That (1999)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Footloose (1984)
Saved  (2004)

My beautiful daughter getting ready for the Prom

Connecting with displays

The Elections

Many of my Seniors and a handful of Juniors will be eligible to vote in their first Presidential election.  I want to make certain that students have the materials they need to make an informed decision.  In the past, we have hosted debate watch parties, and we always have the candidates and the issues book displays.

Books from the Oxford University Press "What Everyone Needs To Know" series

Connecting with creative displays

"What Did Grandma and Grandpa Read?"

Each year we host Grandparents Day in the Library.  We plan a brunch that coincides with the annual Book Fair.  This year we had a record crowd and a lot of fun with our Grandparents.  We always pull books that our Grandparents remember reading as teens.  We call this display "What Did Grandma and Grandpa Read?"

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Struggling with Change and the Genre/Dewey hybrid model

"The struggle is real?"

I keep halting the process of migrating to a Genre/Dewey hybrid model to "think."
I think about:
  • Access
  • Curriculum
  • Shelving
  • Generational differences between faculty, students, and other community members
  • Browsing
I tend to be very good at making decisions. However, this process has been very slow for me, not because I am worried about making the wrong decision, but because the task is simply overwhelming.  My collection is large.  I wonder if my library collection is too large to make these sweeping changes.  My other concern is the transition to college and my students preparation for college.  Our process so far is that we are keeping Dewey numbers but pulling things together with signage and labels.

I am considering signage that includes the Dewey call numbers and the corresponding Library of Congress class.  This way we will introduce or expose students to multiple classification systems.

Topic further Reading

Reorganizing Non-fiction: A Dewey Hybrid Model
Deweying It My Way
Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System