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Darien Library KidLit ReOrg

  1. 1. K i d L i t ReO rg 2009 The reorganization of the Children’s Library at Darien Library Created by Gretchen Caserotti Head of Children’s Services, Darien Library gcaserotti@darienlibrary.org This document and all images are licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike
  2. 2. Children’s Librarians, sound familiar? “Excuse me, my son is three and he LOVES trains. Where are those books located?” P at ro ns as k t hi s ,
  3. 3. Old Darien Library Juvenile = antiquated “library speak” a nd l ib r a ri e s g iv e t hem t h i s . The Picture Book Area = traditional arrangement by author’s last name. Convenient for library staff, not helpful to browsing patrons seekers who predominantly look for materials by subject.
  4. 4. User Experience Survey 42% of respondents said they could NOT find materials easily in the Picture Book Area. 46.2% respondents rated the ease of finding materials appropriate for their child as “Good; I find what I’m looking for 2 to 3 out of 5 times.” 64% said they needed help to find materials. 100% of the time, patrons sought help from a Librarian. Survey conducted Fall 2008 Our patrons spoke and we listened.
  5. 5. How do patrons actually use the Children’s Library? Graphic courtesy of Nate Hill
  6. 6. A fresh start: January 2009 New Darien Library Our goal was to design a library with the users experience in mind. This library would have collections arranged to fit the needs of both Browsers and Seekers.
  7. 7. I nfluences Survey results showed people rely on the public library for early literacy information and community connections. Early literacy research shows that how adults use books with pre-readers is often more important than what book they use. Literacy skills develop in the first five years of a child’s life. We recognize that this is half of our service population, but they were only using the Picture Book collection. Adults are decision makers for pre-readers, are predominantly browsers and if seeking, they ask for things by subject. People don’t understand library coding systems, they just learn where things are in the physical space.
  8. 8. Darien Library’s New Children’s Print Collection First Five Years Collection A collection for pre-reading population that has a more intuitive arrangement; picture books are color-coded and arranged by subject. Kids Collection A collection for kids reading on their own. Now uses more familiar language while retaining a simple traditional shelving arrangement.
  9. 9. I ntro ducing t h e co l l e c t i o n s
  10. 10. Darien Library’s Kids Print Collection Independent Readers Fiction Non-Fiction Biographies Picture Books for Graphic Novels Languages Older Students
  11. 11. Darien Library’s First Five Years Picture Book Collection Celebrations Folk/Fairy Tales Rhymes & Songs Concepts Growing Up Stories Favorites Nature Transportation Non-picture books in the F5 Collection Parents Learn to Read
  12. 12. Celebrations This section includes books about holidays, parties and special events. ✴ Includes traditional holidays such as, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Jewish Holidays and more... ✴ Weddings ✴ Birthdays ✴ Mothers Day, Fathers Day ✴ Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo
  13. 13. Concepts ABCs, Numbers, Shapes, Colors, Time, Opposites - This section has books designed to introduce young children to basic ideas. ✴ Examples of books in this section are Mouse Paint (Walsh), Telling Time with Big Mama Cat (Harper) and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Martin Jr.)
  14. 14. Favorites This section includes popular series, great read aloud stories, staff picks and classic picture book authors and illustrators. ✴ This is a section that existed in the old library, but we doubled it in size. ✴ We recommend agreeing on which authors/illustrators and series to include before you begin sorting the books!
  15. 15. Folk/Fairy Tales Magic pumpkins, giant beanstalks and mischievous creatures abound in these folk and fairy tales from around the world. ✴ This section is shelved by title, so many versions of same story are found next to each other ✴ The books are evaluated by Librarians to be appropriate for younger listeners. Folk tales for older kids are shelved in Kids Non-Fiction 398.2
  16. 16. Growing Up This section includes books about the child’s experience, relationships and important milestones The books in this section are about: ✴ Body parts (eyes, nose, fingers, toes) ✴ Emotions (fear, worry, anger) ✴ Family situations & relationships (going to visit grandparents, parental love) ✴ Nutrition/Health ✴ Sibling relationships ✴ Going to school
  17. 17. Nature This section includes books about animals, dinosaurs, weather and our natural world. ✴ There is a fair amount of non-fiction as well as fiction. They are shelved with fiction first (by author’s last name) and then non-fiction in DDC sequence. ✴ These are only books with animals doing animal-like things (no anthropomorphism). ✴ Pets are included in this section.
  18. 18. Rhymes & Songs This section has stories that can be read AND sung! It also includes nursery rhymes and Mother Goose tales. ✴The Mother Goose books pulled from 398s (Old Mother Hubbard) and song books from 780s (If You’re Happy and You Know It) are all circulating now! ✴Poetry picture books for younger listeners were pulled out from the 811s and included here.
  19. 19. Stories Adventures awaits in this section of stories about faraway lands, magical creatures, princesses and pirates. These are stories that defy categorization! ✴ We thought this would be the largest section, but it wasn’t. Nature was. ✴ Bedtime stories are found in this section.
  20. 20. Transportation This section contains books about trucks, trains, busses, bikes and all manner of things that go! ✴Transportation books are arguably the most popular request. Shockingly, it actually had the fewest books after sorting. ✴Now the books are more visible and circulate more frequently so we need to buy multiple copies (5 or 6) of each title.
  21. 21. Learn to Read Look to this section for books and materials for beginning readers. ✴ Shelving in this section is done by function, not format. It includes book kits, phonics CD-ROMs, books with a CD shelved together with regular beginning reader books. ✴ It is now, the highest circulating collection of the entire children’s library. Parents ✴ Materials purchased for parents using the Children’s Library complement the pregnancy and parenting books in the adult non-fiction collection. ✴The include a combination of general parenting & picture books that tackle difficult issues (adoption, death, divorce, potty training).
  22. 22. Converting the Collection One book at a time, we made a decision; Who is this book written for and what is it about?
  23. 23. All 16,000 picture books were converted by the Children’s Department staff with updated records and spine labels over the course of six weeks. It drove us a little crazy.
  24. 24. But it was worth it! Children’s Circulation Statistics From July - November 2009, Children’s Books circulated 50.2% more than the same period in 2008. Books are over 76% of the total circulating materials in the Children’s Library Collections. Total Children’s Circulation was 33.5% of the Library’s total circulation last fiscal year at this time (YTD 08-09). Total Children’s Circulation is now 41.4% of Darien Library’s Total Circulation. Children’s Books are presently 51.9% of the Darien Library’s print book circulation. (July - November 2009 YTD)
  25. 25. Empowers the Child All of the F5 Collection shelves are 48” high. Children can reach the materials on their own. Children can find their favorite books by the different colored labels. Kids of all reading levels know where their favorites are in the room. “Grandpa, the truck books are the red books over here!” -Four year-old boy
  26. 26. Empowers the Adult Now adults know what kinds of books they are choosing from when they look at a shelf. Adults have the option of searching the catalog independently, asking a librarian for help or browsing on their own. “What impressed me most about the new Darien Library is the fact that the books, everywhere, but especially in the children’s room, have been shelved, labeled and organized in a way that makes me feel less like a moron and more empowered to find what I’m looking for on my own.” -Nicole Lyons, All About Darien blog
  27. 27. Empowers the Staff Picture book circulation can be tracked in a way that provides more insight into what the patron’s interests are. This organization steers Librarians to invest in areas of the collection that are in high demand. Librarians are allowed more time to work with patrons in-depth and to conduct programs.
  28. 28. What’s Next? Bedtime Stories/Lullabies; we chose not to pursue as a section originally, but realized through the conversion process that it is worthy of being a section. We’re still discussing organizing Kids Fiction by genre and whether or not we can break up non-fiction into similar sections. Mixing meaningful medias is the way to go! We are starting to shelve media in other sections where appropriate; biographical DVDs now go in Biographies and language learning medias in Languages.
  29. 29. K i d L it ReOrg 2009 Created by Gretchen Caserotti Head of Children’s Services, Darien Library For more information, please contact me at gcaserotti@darienlibrary.org This document and all images are licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike
  30. 30. Thank You Darien Library Administration: Louise Berry, Library Director Alan Kirk Gray & John Blyberg, Assistant Directors Darien Library Children’s Librarians: Anna McKay, Claire Moore, Kiera Parrott Edie Blyberg, Elizabeth Montanez, Linda Ford, Samarpana Tamm,Veronica Ponce Darien Library Staff Linda Braun & Kate Sheehan Graphic of Darien Children’s Room Reorganization: Nate Hill Design Assistance: Andrew Davis