Let the Children Decide: Building Kid-centric Collections

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Presented at the Eureka Leadership Institute's 2012 Anniversary event, this was the culmination of a year-long LSTA grand funded project that aimed to group picture books into subjects to make them more attractive and usable by kids and caregivers.

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Let the Children Decide: Building Kid-centric Collections

  1. 1.   Building   Kid-­‐centric   Collec1ons   Let  the  children  decide…   Jen  Robinson   Children’s  Librarian  
  2. 2. CIVIC CENTER CORTA MADERA FAIRFAX STINSONBEACH
  3. 3. Champion  of  our   Library  World!  
  4. 4. “Hey  Kolya,  I  know  a       book  you’d  just  LOVE!”  
  5. 5. 3,095     kids  under  5   6,039  picture  books  siKng  on  shelves   2  books  per  child   =  
  6. 6. Princesses   Confidence  books   Pinkalicious   Trucks   Firefighters   Police   Racing   Mechanical  books   Animals   Dancing   Seasons   Holidays   Dinosaurs   Boats   Pirates   Dragons   ABCs   CounZng   ConstrucZon  Equipment   Adventures   Environment   Music   Kids   Pets   Family  Stories   Funny  Stories   LEGOs   Superheroes   Days   Classics  Max  and  Ruby   Bears   Dog  books   Scaredy  Squirrel   Silly   Space   Scuba   MulZcultural   Kindness   Lessons   Shapes   Rhyming   Dora   Cars   Snakes  
  7. 7. Glades:   Categories  of  books,   as  in  “can’t  see  the   forest  for  the  trees”   From  ALA  Annual’s  2012  session  “I  Want  a  Truck  Book!”    
  8. 8. Concepts   Classics   Natural  World   CelebraZons   Fairy  Tales    
  9. 9. How  much     did  we  weed?     UnscienZfic  answer:   About  30  of  these  carts,     give  or  take.  
  10. 10. 63   78   117   200   107   147   100   80   Favorites   Concept   Things  That  Go   CelebraZons   About  Me   Classics   Natural  World   Fairy  Tales     892     books  gladed  
  11. 11. weed?   sort   sZcker  input   release   capture   go  for  it!  
  12. 12. Ad  Hoc  bins  @  Bolinas  
  13. 13. “Ocean  life  books  are  so  hard  to  find  because   they  are  alphabeZcal  by  author.  I  was  able  to   grab  books  for  my  lesson  plan  in  5  minutes   today!”   “Book  covers  out  are  good  for  lihle  kids  because   they  go  by  the  picture  and  they  can  just  flip   through.”   “I  love  what  you  did  with  the  truck  books.  I  wish   you’d  done  this  a  year  ago  when  my  son  was  in   preschool.”  
  14. 14. 653   555   1392   850   554   299   274   360   January   February   March   April   May   June   July   August   Picture  Book  Circula1on   Why  did  circulaZon     take  such  a  dive  over     the  summer?  
  15. 15. juniorlibrarians.org  

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