With streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, do people still check out DVDs and CDs from libraries? At the Lawrence Public Library we'd argue YES! -- but that's not to say we haven't noticed a downward trend over the past couple of years.Despite the prevalence of streaming video services, we continue to see strong patron … Continue reading Look, Play, Listen: Promoting Media Collections at LPL
If you've read past blog posts, you'll know that I'm a fan of poetry and that April is National Poetry Month. I try to do at least one thing related to poetry at the library, even if it's a simple display featuring titles from our poetry collection.In the past, I've gone all out and used … Continue reading Poetry & Arts in April at the Library
My newest display is inspired by my favorite clip from Portlandia, Put A Bird On It! I figured birds would be a nice spring-ish topic, so I pulled pretty much anything that has a bird on the cover.I thought pulling titles from 598 and 636.6 would be a little too easy, so I also pulled … Continue reading Put A Bird On It!
If you dug through my past posts, you'll know that another part of my job I enjoy is putting together displays. Displays are a perfect way to promote items in the library's collection that may not get attention otherwise. This week, I decided to feature our "for Dummies" books! At my previous library, we had … Continue reading Books for Dummies
Saturdays are usually pretty slow at the reference desk, so today I decided to take some of that downtime and swap out one of the displays. Kansas - and much of the nation - has been experiencing a heat wave this week, with temperatures in the triple digits, and there doesn't seem to be much … Continue reading Read Cool, Keep Cool
If you work in a library that serves a relatively large community, you'll know that to satisfy the needs of your patrons when it comes to best sellers and ensure no one has to wait months and months for a copy, collection development librarians will purchase multiple copies. In my particular library, they generally order … Continue reading Creating Spaces in the Stacks
Ah. May. Springtime. Students - both high school and college alike - are looking forward to an ever approaching end to the spring semester and the school year. Seniors, hopefully already gotten started thinking about their futures months beforehand, are now anticipating a new step in their lives, whether it's higher education or starting the … Continue reading The Game of Life: A Display
My major project for the day was yet another display, this time featuring Irish fiction! Now, I kept it pretty simple, printing an Irish landscape for the sign and mounting it on foam core. I also cut out some paper shamrocks and stuck them on the shelves in order to catch the eye a little … Continue reading Fiction o’ the Irish