Shelving… the right wayCreated by At theKayci Barnett
The importance of Shelving A customer comes to the Library looking for an item. = Happy Custom Customer or Staff will be er Checks our able to find catalog and item quickly finds an item and easily they want is because of checked in. accurate shelving.
You CAN tell a book by it’s cover. Barcode Author Spine Label Title
and you can tell more by it’sSpine. The spine label tells you where the book belongs.
Layout First Floor Category – Spine Label Hold Shelf – has a sticker with customer’s initials Popular – Fiction, Non Fiction, Biographies - F, ###.##, B DVD’s – Fiction, Non Fiction, Biographies - F, ###.##, B Newspapers/Magazines – Bust, New Yorker, Time, etc. CD’s – Classical, Country, Gospel, Holiday, Jazz, Rap, Rock, etc. Audio books – Fiction, Non Fiction, Biographies - F, ###.##, B Special Collections – TEX, D TEX, & G
Fiction, Non-Fiction, andBiographies Most of our sections on the first floor like Popular, DVD’s and Audio books are further divided into Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Biographies. Fiction is alphabetized by the author’s last name, and is indicated by a “F” on the spine label. Non-Fiction is sorted numerically using the Dewey Decimal System and is indicated by numbers, and then the first three letters of the author’s last name. Biographies are indicated by a “B” on the spine label, and are alphabetized by the fist three letters of the subject’s last name. A book about Sam Walton is B WAL.
Popular The Popular section includes - Fiction, Non- Fiction, and Biographies. They have been released within the last 6 months. They have a little yellow sticker on the top of the spine. The items on the left are “popular,” the ones on right are not.
Adult Fiction Fiction is arranged alphabetically according to author’s last name. Books by authors having the same last name are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last and then first name. For example: Collins, Jackie comes before Collins, Joan
Adult Fiction - same author, multipletitles Books by the same author are shelved alphabetically by the first significant word in the title. This means you ignore the “A,” “An,” or “The” only if it is the first word in a title. The following are in the correct order: Author Title Jones, B. Equal Measures Jones, B. An Extreme Remedy Jones, B. The Long Road
Non Fiction YouTube - The Dewey Decimal Rap Click the link
H o w d o e s the D e w e yD e c im a l s y s t e m w o r k ? The basic thing to remember about the Dewey Decimal filing system is this: file digit by digit - . 451 _ (nothing goes before . 451.01 any #) . 451.012 (1 is less . 451.023 than 2) . 451.04 ALE (if two numbers are the same then . 451.04 BEC alphabetize by the letters)
DVD’s We have Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Biographies DVD’s with the Children’s sticker on the spine go upstairs.Biography, Non-Fiction, Fiction
CD’S CD’S are alphabetized by the category. Once you find the category then alphabetize by the artists last name. Watch out for Childrens they go upstairs.
Special Collections These items cannot be checked out, but will occasionally end up on our carts. If they do, hand it to the person at the Special Collections desk.
Second Floor – Adult Adult Fiction F Graphic Novels GN Adult Non Fiction ###.## Large Print LP Paperbacks have a genre sticker Reference R Biographies B World Languages Spanish/Chinese
Second Floor…Getting there is half thefun. Use the lift to get from floor to floor with your cart. You have to P U S H & H O L D the button to go up or down. Please assist patrons who are trying to use lift.
Graphic Novels = GN We have three different age groups of graphic novels: Adult Graphic Novels - are divided into Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Biographies Adult Graphic Novels are shelved after the “Z’s” in Adult Fiction.
Large Print Large Print also has Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Biographies. Large print is identified by: LP or it has a big green dot above the spine label
Paperbacks In general, Adult Paperbacks are shelved in their own separate area according to genre (Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror) and are marked with genre stickers and white spine labels with the first letter of the author’s last name (if it has 3 letters on the spine label it goes with regular Adult Fiction).
Biographies Adult Biographies have a “B” on the spine label. This youth biography is shelved in a different location.
Reference Reference books cannot be checked out, and have an “R” on the spine label. Youth and Adult are shelved together.
World Languages Spanish – all Spanish materials have “Spanish” written on the spine label, and most have a Spanish sticker on them. The Spanish Collection includes magazines, DVD’s Audio books, Fiction, Non-fiction, and Youth materials. Chinese, similarly, has “Chinese” written on the spine label.
Second Floor - Youth Youth Biographies – YS B Graphic Novels- GN J, GN Teen Teen Fiction -Teen Youth Magazines – Disney, Nick, Thrasher, J-14, Teen Vogue, etc. Audio Books - E, JF, YS, and Teen Youth Non Fiction – YS ###.## Junior Fiction - JF Story Totes – ST Children’s CD’s - Childrens (on first line)
Biographies - Youth Biographies written for young people have a “YS” (youth services) on the spine label, and are shelved next to Adult Biographies.
Graphic Novels = GN J andTeen Junior = GN J and is shelved at the beginning of the shelf. Teen = GN Teen is shelved after the GN J’s.
Easy Fiction vs. Easy Readers Both Easy Fiction and Easy Readers have “E” on the spine label, but are shelved in different locations. Easy Fiction are usually bigger picture books. Easy Readers are usually smaller, are for beginning readers, and have an ABC sticker on the spine.
Program Books Have “PROGRAM” written on the spine label, and are used for programs, so are not available for checkout. Hand them to the Librarian at the Reference desk.
Guidelines for Shelving Concentrate on Accuracy Be courteous, pleasant, and businesslike at all times. Adhere to dress guidelines. No Jeans, Shirt with Collar Refer all customers to appropriate library staff when you are asked anything other than
Guidelines for Shelving Be especially careful at the ends and beginnings of shelves so that the correct sequence of materials are not interrupted or confused. Park your cart across the end of the book stack, leaving the aisle clear for customers. Check the books on either side of each one that you shelve in case there is an error in the sequence. Re-shelve any books that you find slightly out of order.
Guidelines for Shelving Straighten up the books on the shelf as you go, and pull the books forward to the shelf edge. Push bookends into place.
Guidelines for Shelving Shift books to the next, or the previous, shelf if they are overcrowded. Pick up and take books to the “in house count” area of the reference desk if they have been left lying on the floor, or piled up at the ends of the shelves.
Guidelines for Shelving Large books need to be shelved spine down to avoid pages coming loose from the binding. NO
Guidelines for Shelving Always, shelve books facing down to facilitate shelf reading. Watch for children and customers while pushing book cart.
Guidelines for Shelving Next time you come in you’ll be ready to shelve on your own. Remember to sign in and wear your name badge. When done, sign out and return the badge.
Thank You Thank you very much for helping our staff and customers get to the items they want by shelving “the right way”. Tell your trainer you are done with the slideshow so you can take a brief test on the material covered, and then get a tour of the library.