27 February 2013

@ The Library: Displays, Business & More

Blind Date with a Book has gone very well this past month. While of course not everyone brought their Rate Your Date sheets back, I have had to fill the two displays up at least twice each, and we still have a couple days to go in February. I moved all the titles to the one display area and changed the rolling cart display to books dealing with Ireland, both fiction and non-fiction.

I am planning on changing out Blind Dates for a Women's History Month display next week. Although I have also been informed that it is also National Craft Month, so we may have some swapping out mid-month.

I am still doing Ebook Tech Talks every week. I just sit myself down at one of the tables on the main floor with my laptop and various devices and people drop in for tutorials and Q & A. It has been a really great experience not only for the training but for being able to deal with patrons one on one and finding out what they are looking for at the library.

I am still fleshing a program idea for this month based on cozy mysteries. And food. Food and books. Two of my favorite things.

Beyond that, my business is mostly at my desk. I am already reviewing budget figures, looking at the expenditures and projecting for the rest of the year and planning on my first budget draft being ready at the end of the month. This year we are also creating a new strategic plan, for which I already drafted and had approved a technology plan for the library. Some things are future-thinking, some may be closer at hand. I love seeing the changes that are making a positive effect on my library, and hope to keep an open mind on ones that might not be so successful. 

Outside of the library I have been keeping busy writing. I still review e-original romance for Library Journal, but also just started reviewing cookbooks. I had been wanting to be able to do some non-fiction, and for me this is a great fit, especially as what I have received so far deals with preserving, which I love to do at home. Lots of great new ideas!

I was fortunate to substitute for the regular mystery reviewer this month and wrote my first mystery review column for the February 1st issue. I was also one of the fortunate librarians who spoke to Katie Dunneback for her feature article on erotica in the library. I will have more in the pipeline soon!

What I am most excited about is coming up a bit later this year: I have been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful librarians, and have teamed up with them to do a couple of presentations, both for the New York Library Association Public Libraries Section and for ALA Annual!

In May, I will be at the NYLA PLS Conference in Hyde Park, NY for a presentation on erotica collection development in the library, called "Full Frontal Shelving". My co-presenter is the wonderful Anna M., @helgagrace on Twitter. We will be talking about what erotica and erotic romance may already be sitting on library shelves, and how to do collection development and RA for both print and digital books. 

In June, I will be heading to Chicago for my first ALA Annual Conference, at which I will be presenting with Carolyn and Julie (@papersquared and @himissjulie respectively) on library programming and staff involvement called "Do What You Love: Make Your Talents and Passions Work for You".

I am sure that I will be a complete fangirl at times dealing with all of you who will be attending too! So, don't be shy, if you are at either conference coming up, please stop and say hello!

04 February 2013

@ The Library: Blind Date with a Book

I love doing displays, and since I came into my library last year (it seems pretty amazing to be able to say that. Yes, I know it is only February.) I have been making sure that we have one or two up a month on the main floor, besides our Staff Picks. From the amount of times I have to fill in holes, I think they have been doing well.

So, I wanted something tied into the idea of February and the overall theme of love, but still make it fun. Thanks to many libraries and librarians that are promoting their own displays, I discovered "Blind Date with a Book".

The premise is simple: wrap up a bunch of titles (I decided to go with adult and YA, which are on the main floor, backlist or new titles that haven't seem to have been checked out yet) and put a little blurb on the front to entice the patron to give it a try. I kept it pretty simple with genre/theme, and decided not to use the barcodes that are already on the books. Instead we will circulate them "pre-cataloged" so the title is still a surprise to the patron until they unwrap it.

I would like to say this was my plan all along, however it came about because I wrapped a dozen titles without writing down the barcode beforehand. I am a librarian, I can adapt.

Of course, we want to know what patrons think of their "dates", so we have a "Rate Your Date" form available for them to fill out if they want. My design was totally inspired by the Atlantic County Library System's rating card, so I gave them credit at the bottom.

I decided to not only put them at our regular main desk display cart, but in our New Titles section, as both areas are pretty high traffic.

Has your library done Blind Date with a Book? What other displays do you find are a hit with your patrons?