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Kid Lit ReOrg
                                    Darien Library


                                  Gretchen Caserotti
                             Assistant Director for Public Services
                          gcaserotti@darienlibrary.org @gcaserotti


Thursday, June 28, 2012
Children’s Librarians,
                          Sound familiar?
                        sound familiar?


                                   “Excuse me, my son
                                     is three and he
                                   LOVES trains. Where
                                     are those books
                                        located?”



                                      P a tr o n s as k t h i s,

Thursday, June 28, 2012
and we give them this




Thursday, June 28, 2012
User Experience Survey
         UX Survey Results
                                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.


Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mind map of
                          children’s library
                                users
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I nfl u en ces
                            Knowns
                  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.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
A fresh start: January 2009
                           New Darien Library

      Introducing the Collection
 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.




Thursday, June 28, 2012
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

Thursday, June 28, 2012
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



Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.)



Thursday, June 28, 2012
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!



Thursday, June 28, 2012
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




Thursday, June 28, 2012
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


Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.


Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.


Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.


Thursday, June 28, 2012
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).

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Converting the Collection
                          One book
                          at a time,
                          we made
                               a
                          decision;

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

Thursday, June 28, 2012
All 16,000 picture books were converted by
              All the Children’s Department staff with
                   16,000 picture books were converted
               updated records and spine6 weeks. the
                      over the course of labels over
                          course of six weeks.




                                   It drove us a little crazy.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Empowers the Adult
           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


Thursday, June 28, 2012
Empowers the Child
            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



Thursday, June 28, 2012
But it was worth it!
            Worth Every Minute
                             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)




Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.




Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thank You


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                                  Gretchen Caserotti
                             Assistant Director for Public Services
                          gcaserotti@darienlibrary.org @gcaserotti


Thursday, June 28, 2012

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KidLit ReOrg at Darien Library

  • 1. Kid Lit ReOrg Darien Library Gretchen Caserotti Assistant Director for Public Services gcaserotti@darienlibrary.org @gcaserotti Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 2. Children’s Librarians, Sound familiar? sound familiar? “Excuse me, my son is three and he LOVES trains. Where are those books located?” P a tr o n s as k t h i s, Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 3. and we give them this Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 4. User Experience Survey UX Survey Results 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 5. Mind map of children’s library users Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 7. I nfl u en ces Knowns 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 8. A fresh start: January 2009 New Darien Library Introducing the Collection 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 9. 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 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 10. 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 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 11. 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.) Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 12. 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! Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 13. 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 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 14. 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 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 15. 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 16. 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 17. 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 18. 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 19. 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). Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 20. Converting the Collection One book at a time, we made a decision; Who is this book written for and what is it about? Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 21. All 16,000 picture books were converted by All the Children’s Department staff with 16,000 picture books were converted updated records and spine6 weeks. the over the course of labels over course of six weeks. It drove us a little crazy. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 22. Empowers the Adult 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 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 23. Empowers the Child 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 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 24. But it was worth it! Worth Every Minute 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) Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 25. 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. Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 26. Thank You SlideShare http://slidesha.re/5AMGhR Photos of conversion http://bit.ly/aIJwxN Gretchen Caserotti Assistant Director for Public Services gcaserotti@darienlibrary.org @gcaserotti Thursday, June 28, 2012