Thursday, September 3, 2015

Who Was? Display: Give the People What They Want

For about a year, we've heard this request on an almost daily basis: "Where are your Who Was? books?"  The answer: they're sprinkled around, mainly in the biographies, but a few in sports, art, and monuments.  In other words, they're all over the place. 

Each time a patron inquired, we'd have to search the catalog to find out which titles were in and where they were, and then locate the individual titles on the shelf.  Not ideal.  We quickly realized that patrons wanted just about any book in this series, and our organizational system meant housing them by subject rather than all together. 

Our fix: a semi-permanent display.  It's front and center in the kids' section, and it has been hugely popular.  So popular, in fact, that despite owning multiple copies of most titles, we often need to supplement with non-Who Was? biographies (which also get checked out!).  This has been a nice time-saver for staff, and a nice feature for browsers who like to see which Who Was? books are available at any given time. 


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