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Family Films display September 22, 2007

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Family films shelved together

We like this idea, also spotted at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Public Library, for a bunch of reasons.

Shelving G and PG-rated films separate from the PG-13 and R-rated titles makes parents and caregivers more comfortable about perusing the shelf with their children: they don’t have to worry that a movie with a provocative or scary cover is going to leap out at the toddler and scare him or her.

Plus, movies that appear to be kid-oriented but which in fact are rather intense for younger viewers, such as Transformers and Spider-man, are rated PG-13, so they aren’t in this section. No more arguments about the superhero movies.

And lastly: the librarians at the Miller Branch say that they can’t keep this display stocked fast enough! Their DVD circs improved measurably after separating the Family Films from the, er, Adult Films.

Manga manga manga! September 18, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, BCPL best practices, graphic novels, great ideas, manga, paperbacks, problem solving, science fiction, series books.
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Graphic novels at Towson

Here’s one way to display paperback series in an eye-catching way:

Stack each issue of the same series horizontally, with the least shelf-worn issue face-out on top.

If there are more than 4 or 5 issues of the same titles, space permitting, you might want to put the face-out issue to the immediate left of the stack.

New book labels, Seattle PL August 30, 2007

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New books spine labels, Seattle PL

Apologies for the super blurry photo… while we were in Seattle, we noticed this removable spine label for New books. It has a space for noting the month and year that the book came in, which must make weeding the new books shelves SOOO much easier! Also easier to I.D. new books in the return room.

Which book? This book! June 1, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, fiction, fun, great ideas, problem solving.
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From the UK we get a wacky new way to help adults find a book that suits their mood or taste. Whichbook is a web site that helps the user identify books in terms of setting, protagonist gender, plot shape, or… and this is the really mind-blowing part… by using a set of descriptors like funny, happy, sad, serious, disturbing, sexy, etc.

It’s hard to describe. Here’s a screenshot:

whichbook

Each of those scales on the left has a slider – so you can ask for a medium-short book that is very funny and sort of disturbing, and has just a little sex. So far, I’ve tried lots of combinations and never stumped it. And, being British, Whichbook offers choices that might not be the first books that we would reach for.

Whichbook apparently also interfaces with the British library system, so when you find a book that suits you, you can hit a button marked “Borrow it.” Wow. This might qualify as a MD 23 Things technology post… that is some high-powered stuff.

Spine out works best for urban fiction September 13, 2006

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AR-1090

Paperbacks with curling covers can look more presentable when presented spine out, packed fairly tightly. Have more on hand to add to the display when gaps begin to occur.

J CDs at Pikesville September 12, 2006

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J CDs at Pikesville

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

Pikesville uses flip-file drawer inserts to create shelf-top storage for kids’ CD’s.
The CD’s are very visible and browsing is easy.

Baby Booster kit storage September 12, 2006

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Baby Booster kit storage

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
Parkville installed a row of hooks for storing Baby Booster kits.
The kits are out of the way but still visible…
…and the hooks hold coats during cold-weather story times!

J CDs at Hereford September 12, 2006

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J CDs

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

We’ve seen all sorts of creative ideas for shelving kids music
Here’s one of the best, from Hereford
CD’s stack neatly and there’s room for one face-out at the top of each stack