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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
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 ,
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.
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.
How do patrons actually use the Children’s Library?




                                           Graphic courtesy of Nate Hill
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.
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.
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.
I ntro ducing t h e co l l e c t i o n s
Darien Library’s
                  Kids Print Collection




Independent Readers      Fiction    Non-Fiction
                 Biographies               Picture Books for
Graphic Novels                 Languages     Older Students
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
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
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.)
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Converting the Collection
           One book
           at a time,
           we made
                a
           decision;

            Who is
           this book
            written
            for and
           what is it
            about?
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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
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

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Darien Library KidLit ReOrg

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. How do patrons actually use the Children’s Library? Graphic courtesy of Nate Hill
  • 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. 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. 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. I ntro ducing t h e co l l e c t i o n s
  • 10. Darien Library’s Kids Print Collection Independent Readers Fiction Non-Fiction Biographies Picture Books for Graphic Novels Languages Older Students
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Converting the Collection One book at a time, we made a decision; Who is this book written for and what is it about?
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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