2017-Year in Review

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Throughout 2017, we strived to provide readers with practical, innovative suggestions from library professionals who addressed everything from emerging trends to alternate means of material selection for the evolving library landscape. We’ve selected a few favorites below.

What Can You Do With Your Floorplan? Eight Key Questions
By Stephanie Campbell, MLIS

In June, Stephanie highlighted some budget-friendly options for adjusting your library’s floorplan to help you create more functional and attractive layouts. The first step is to observe the people and patterns in your library. She also suggested creating collaborative areas if you notice that patrons are frequently moving your tables and chairs to different locations. Up-to-date weeding can also prove beneficial.

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Filling the Gap: New Adult Fiction
By Suzanne Hawley, MLS and Ann Wilson, MLS, MA

July featured an in-depth dive into the New Adult genre. 2013 marked the year that New Adult fiction was first officially recognized as a genre—that’s when it first received its BISAC code. New Adult fiction features protagonists in college and their early twenties who are living on their own for the first time, dealing with new relationships, and embarking on that first full-time job.

See the following links for more.

How Does Your Collection Grow? Different Approaches to Book Selection
By Gwen Vanderhage, MLIS

Gwen Vanderhage looked at different resources librarians can use to help them determine the best material to select for their collections. Besides traditional journal reviews, Goodreads and Indiebound.org provide alternative avenues to help make those crucial collection selection decisions.

Brodart offers Opening Day Collection services, selection lists, standing order lists, and other resources to help you save time and breathe easy when it comes to selecting. Click here to take a look.

Libraries and the Homeless

With homeless residents turning to libraries when night shelters close for the day, we shared how various libraries are lending a helping hand to the homeless and others in need. Hiring social workers can help steer patrons toward appropriate services. Other programs aim to help by offering part-time employment to such patrons, giving them jobs in the cafeteria or asking them to serve as bathroom monitors.

For more ideas on library services you can offer the homeless, see below.

Volunteers of America

Libraries continue to transform—and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018.