Adopt-a-shelf programs at public and school libraries ask volunteers to be responsible for shelf-reading and straightening a designated section of the library, usually a section to which the volunteer feels a personal attachment.
I am blessed this semester with seven student interns and I am conscious of making sure that the time they spend with me involves them in creative and challenging activities.
I am also concerned that our wonderful print collection is under used.
So, instead of adopting a shelf, I’ve tasked three of my interns to adopt-a-display.
Here’s the plan.
- Each young man is currently planning to market a particular genre, sub-genre, or type of book.
- They can use a variety of poster making tools, genre Wordles, QR codes, graphics of any sort to call attention to their displays.
- They can physically point their classmates to the books they display.
- We’ve decided on a simple metric to determine success. Circulation. Books in each display area will have a different color paper strip in its pocket. We’ll collect and count the strips as we check out the books. (I’d do something to tag the books in the circ/cat, but we’re in the midst of a migration and this is just really easy.)
Marcus, Brandon and Gabe are pretty excited about the challenge and taking the competition seriously. They are currently researching genre and sub-genre options, studying the catalog and the collection, and thinking about design options.
I’ll keep you posted!