January 17, 2022

Connecticut: A Public Library Moves To Genre-Based Shelving in Young Adult Department

From a Column Appearing in The Berlin Citizen by Helen Aveline, library director of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library:

The fiction section in the young adult department is now a genre-based collection.


So now our teen department looks a lot more like a bookstore than a traditional library.


Reorganizing young adult resources in a bookstore fashion is meant to help patrons ease of use within the library and alleviate confusion by using words and signage that are relatable and easily understood. Statistics are showing that around 75-percent of patrons come into the library to browse. Genre shelving creates a browsing atmosphere by keeping all resources with the same theme together. Also, research shows that teens are more likely to check out a book if they find what they are looking for in a relatively quick manner. Many of them spend 10 or 15 minutes in the library and are frustrated if they have to go to a card catalog and get the number.

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See Also: Two Pittsburgh Area Public Libraries Using BISAC Subject Heading to Organize Some Materials, More Libraries Possible (August 12, 2012)

See Also: Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System (via School Library Journal; September 28, 2012)

See Also: See Also: To Dewey or Not to Dewey: Libraries Go Dewey-Free (April 27, 2011)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.