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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Twenty Rules for Better Book Displays

I enjoy doing and conducting training in Library and the topic I like most is Library display.  Some of the courses I conduct are listed at

Today, I read the following article would like to share the author's view on how to create an impressive book display.

I have the main points extracted, and if you click the link, you can read the full article:


Twenty Rules for Better Book Displays

by Susan Brown

1. Displays should reflect your patrons' interests, not your personal interests. 

2. Displays should be popular. While a fair amount of time might be spent filling a display fixture, the ultimate goal is for that fixture to be empty.

3. The books should be the stars of the display.

4. Don't limit yourself to books. 

5. While the books are the stars, eye-catching visual signage is extremely important.

6. Choose a simple, readable font over an intricate one. 

7. If there is an icon or other key visual element associated with the theme of the display, be sure to include it in the signage.

8. Use props judiciously. 

9. You want them to check display items out, so make it clear that they can. 

10. Add value. 

11. Cross promote.

12. Use Chase's Calendar of Events judiciously. 

13. Let pop culture inspire your displays.

14. Let current events inspire your displays. 

15. Let your community inspire your displays. 

16. Consider moving beyond tightly themed displays to more general ones that can be used anytime – or continuously

17. Promote "hidden" collections, but only if they pass muster with Rule #1. 

18. Unless the items are priceless or irreplaceable, do not put book displays behind glass. 

19. Be flexible. Be willing and ready to change plans and throw up a display based on the news of the day.

20. Have fun! Displays should be fun, both for you to create and for your customers to browse. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Never mind what others do...

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.

-- William J. H. Boetcker (1873-1962) American Presbyterian Minister

I like to read and keep quotations, and I just design a course on:

Pop-up book on quotation: INNO HANDS-ON Workshop

I think it is combining information and art and craft skills that make a joyful day for me!

How about turning the quotations into pop-up pages that you can read and keep them as a pocket book.

In this workshop, you will learn to design ten pop-up pages with quotations of your choice.

At the end of the workshop, you will acquired the knowledge and skills in quotation searching and understand the the folding used in making paper images pop-up.
click the link to read more about the course:

Pop-up book on quotation: INNO HANDS-ON Workshop

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

M3 Bib Control: Activity 11

Learning Activity 11: Basic cataloguing tools – MARC fields for Subject Access
(LG page 100)
Some Hints to answers:
Subject Added Entry

1. Assign Geographic Subdivision to the following topics and write its corresponding topic in as a MARC field:

a. Umbrella industry in Seattle Washington
Subject Heading:
SH = Umbrella industry - - Washington (State) - - Seattle
Marc Format:
650 _0 $a Umbrella industry $z Washington (State) $z Seattle

b. Fire prevention in Singapore schools
Subject Heading:
SH = Schools - - Fires and fire prevention - - Singapore
Marc Format:
650 _0

c. Film editing in Mumbai
Subject Heading:
SH = Motion pictures - - India - - Mumbai - - Editing
Marc Format:
650 _0 $a

d. French naval bases in Europe
Subject Heading:
SH = Navy-yards and naval stations, French - - Europe
Marc Format:
650 _0

e. Malay grammar used in Malaysia
Subject Heading:
SH = Malay language - - Malaysia - - Grammar
Marc Format:
650 _0

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

M3 Bib Control: Activity 12

Learning Activity 12:

Local applications and practices in cataloguing standards

Suggested answers

Library system(s): Sirsi Dynix, CARL, Aleph, … etc.

Bibliographic utilities used: OCLC, SILAS, others…., etc.

Tasks done in Cataloguing:
1. Assign Accession Nos., Barcode, etc. to individual items for Inventory Control
2. Search for records in bibliographic utilities (SILAS or OCLC)
3. Download or import records especially near match for DVDs. Reference materials, audio materials, etc.
4. Capture exact records
5. Edit records – MARC tags and fixed fields (like material types)
6. Assign Location codes for lending, reference, media, etc.