Ditching Dewey: Signage

The signage helps to make the library so user friendly. Our students are able to come in and find books easily using the signage and tags on the books to find their books. I thought the best way to show the signage and perhaps answer some questions that people have had through this blog series would be through the use of a video tour:

These are the signs I’ve created for the fiction sections. The images were creating use an app called WordFoto. Then I added the text portion in Photoshop.

Fiction

Click here for the fiction signs on Flickr…free to download & use!

I created my own stickers/nonfiction signs in Comic Life, using public domain graphics from OpenClipArt.org.

Nonfiction

Click here for the nonfiction signs on Flickr…free to download & use!

Deciding to genrefy our library was definitely not about me. Seriously, it was a lot of work and it would have been MUCH easier for me to leave things as they were. Going through this process of completely changing the organization of our library was 100% about the students. My students feel like this is THEIR library. They can find what they’re looking for easily. They love being able to explore within a genre. They’re more likely to pick up a nonfiction book because it just makes sense where it’s located. But don’t take my word for it. This is the video of what the students say about genrefication (this video was created for the AASL Ditching Dewey presentation, so it doesn’t just include my students):

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3 Responses to Ditching Dewey: Signage

  1. Jennifer says:

    Thinking about starting to organize my library by genre. Where did you find the colored label covers and the plastic displays for your signage?

    • librariantiff says:

      Jennifer, I ordered both of these items from demco.com –
      at Demco, search for “Color-tinted Glossy Label Protectors” and “Clear Plastic Sign Holders.”

  2. Kathy says:

    I am loving reading all about your process. I’m actually letting my 3rd and 4th graders work in groups to decide if we should do this with our fiction books. I’m going to let them debate it and let me know what they think we should do. They are going to have to make presentations to convince me to change or leave it. What are you feelings on an elementary school doing this? Any “research” younger kids could find to help them?

    Thanks,
    Kathy

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