Monday, June 4, 2012

Fiction Has Been Genrefied

With a little prompting from the super-cute-in-an-ISTE-or-Bust-balloon Tiffany Whitehead, I finally genrefied my fiction. I put genre stickers on my fiction last year, but left them in alphabetical order because I changed my nonfiction to subject last summer and frankly, I was tired of moving everything around. I've been thinking about it for a while. I read this post from Jennifer Northrup and Tiff's post about changing her fiction around.  I have collected other posts on Scoop.it if you want more inspiration.
This is me in the middle of moving things around. 

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Luckily I have some awesome student helpers that assisted me in the switch. Having stickers on the books already made it pretty easy.
Here is what a finished shelf looks like with signs made from the sticker design.


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Here is another shot of the graphic novel section.

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The sections in our library are Adventure, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Humor, Manga, Mystery, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thrillers. My library helpers and some of die-hard visitors that have continued to come in these last few days already love it. I can't wait to show all of the students when schools commences in the Fall.

13 comments:

  1. Congrats! Student helpers are THE BEST, aren't they? I couldn't have done it without their help. Time to sit back and watch the kids go wild over it!

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  2. Yea! You will be so glad you made the move.

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  3. YES! Your students will love it! I guarantee circulation will increase too! (btw, love your library!)

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  4. I love your signs made from the stickers! I have already genreized my fiction section and would love some signs like these. How did you make these? Thank you

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  5. I snagged the image from the website where I purchased the stickers. Then blew them up on our poster maker. It is probably breaking copyright, but I spent LOTS on the stickers for my entire library so I didn't feel too bad.

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  6. I have been noticing some differences in our District catalog as I add new titles. I wondered what was happening. Great job, Tamara. Once again, you are sacrificing a sacred cow in the name of patron accessibility.

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  7. I am intrigued by this whole idea. I would love to hear an update on how the students respond to it throughout the year and if it impacts your fiction circulation. Did this affect how the titles are cataloged? If so what software does your school use and how did you change/alter your records?

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    1. I'm slowly adding genre at the end of the record, like FIC ABC Fantasy. We use Follett Destiny. I'll keep you posted when the kids return. Thanks!

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  8. YES YES YES!! I'm so excited for you! Definitely crazy moving everything around, but so worth it! Everyone's going to love it!

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  9. Are you keeping the books in alphabetical order by author within the genres? What about books that can be considered in more than one genre? How do you choose which one to use (ex: books that are science fiction AND fantasy)
    I'm trying to decide if I want to do this for my library.. I really like the idea!

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  10. I do keep them in alpha order within genre. Sometimes it is hard to chose genre. I try to pick the one that really defines the book. For example, if it is a ghost story set in the 1800s I go with thriller and not historical fiction. I also ask a few students where they would expect to find it. I'm sure I have some In places you might not chose but I just have to go with it and help kids find it if they are confused.

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  11. I love this idea! I am wanting to steer away from Dewey also but have my Head Master and Lower School director pretty sold on it. Where can you find the signs you made. I may just create signs for certain areas of my nonfiction collection...example animals, weather, rocks, body, etc.

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    1. I copied the image from the library supply company where I purchased the stickers I put on the side. Then used our poster maker to make them big. I wanted the signs to match the stickers. Good luck as you consider switching. My principal was actually excited because he said he had never understood Dewey:)

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