Generally created by individual librarians and anchored to a physical space, library displays are often static, limited, and fleeting. However, these displays can evolve into wider, more affective, multi-dimensional, 21st century, virtual spaces by incorporating collaborative discourse between multiple librarians, by reaching out to the community for content, and by using technological tools, such as email, Google Drive, Google Images, QR codes, and social media. This paper presents a case study of the life of a library display from inception through execution. By pooling the skills, experiences, and stakeholder networks of two librarians and an MLIS intern, the library’s December display highlighting items from the juvenile collection evolved into an engaging third space that allowed for greater interaction between the library and various campus communities and resulted in a 75% increase in the circulation of the juvenile collection. Seeking and incorporating the input of various stakeholders in the creation and voice of the display builds an audience for the display alongside the display itself, and creates a richer, wider, more inclusive community dialogue where all voices are valued and heard.
Published in Library Philosophy and Practice, Summer 2015, pages 1-18.
Mikos, Ilishe; Horne, Brandy R.; and Weaver, Kari D., "Library Display 2.0: Evolving from Monologue to Dialogue" (2015). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). 1283. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/1283