Presenter Information

Becky Canovan, University of Dubuque

Location

Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

Start Date

5-19-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

5-19-2017 4:00 PM

Description

Public libraries have long used displays to engage patrons with their collections. But displays don’t have to be just about boosting circulation, and they’re not just a tool for public libraries. With a small investment of time and a little creativity, you can utilize your collections to highlight topics and issues that students, faculty, and board members care about.

Displays are a great way to connect the library to individuals and the wider campus community. Mount a display to coincide with Healthy Relationships week, build cultural or diversity awareness, or to support recreational reading interests. Partner with the arts center to publicize their upcoming shows with related material from your collection. Administration starting a new initiative or using grant funds to improve facilities? Have special collections that are underappreciated? Launching a new major, minor, or professional program? These are all great sources for display inspiration that are directly connected to your community.

Learn how to identify sources of display inspiration, create a framework for sustained success, nuts and bolts considerations for maximizing your display’s size, purpose, and impact, and how to assess the effectiveness of your hard work! Give thoughtful, intentional displays a try and soon, the library isn’t just a place for students to study. The library is a welcoming, hospitable place that is relevant and responsive to their everyday lives.

Keywords

public libraries, displays

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May 19th, 3:00 PM May 19th, 4:00 PM

Building Bridges - Creating Displays that Get Results

Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

Public libraries have long used displays to engage patrons with their collections. But displays don’t have to be just about boosting circulation, and they’re not just a tool for public libraries. With a small investment of time and a little creativity, you can utilize your collections to highlight topics and issues that students, faculty, and board members care about.

Displays are a great way to connect the library to individuals and the wider campus community. Mount a display to coincide with Healthy Relationships week, build cultural or diversity awareness, or to support recreational reading interests. Partner with the arts center to publicize their upcoming shows with related material from your collection. Administration starting a new initiative or using grant funds to improve facilities? Have special collections that are underappreciated? Launching a new major, minor, or professional program? These are all great sources for display inspiration that are directly connected to your community.

Learn how to identify sources of display inspiration, create a framework for sustained success, nuts and bolts considerations for maximizing your display’s size, purpose, and impact, and how to assess the effectiveness of your hard work! Give thoughtful, intentional displays a try and soon, the library isn’t just a place for students to study. The library is a welcoming, hospitable place that is relevant and responsive to their everyday lives.