Book displays are a great way to boost circulation, show off new items and help students find materials more efficiently. They remind patrons of our material items such as DVDs, CDs and print reference collections. They can improve the aesthetics of our libraries and make the place look a bit more lively. A few ideas:
- Work with professors in large lecture classes or required courses to highlight items students should read/watch to better understand the course. A great way to connect the collection to their studies.
- Work with the Career Center to create displays on choosing a major, job-seeking, etc.
- Ask student groups to choose favorite items from the collection and potentially help decorate the display (See pictures below of display I did with our Allies club)
- Staff picks: people love these. I don’t know why. They just do. I do this every year with our graduating student workers. I include a photo and their favorite memories of working at the library.
- Don’t be afraid to be a little creative. Make decorations or have student workers make them. If they look baby-ish, they are. Google YA librarian blogs or web sites as many of these generous folks have downloads you can use.
- Include a sign that these items can be checked out.
- Get a Chase’s Calendar of events. Make a National Pasta Month display, a Wear Pink Day display (in which all books have a pink cover), or whatever crazy holiday catches your eye. Students will appreciate this crazy attention to detail.