oh my gosh, I haven't updated this blog in forever. Believe me, I'm still alive and kicking.
I've made a lot of simple changes to our Young Adult area, but they have paid off. The biggest thing I did was a big ol' shift that left more room on each shelf. I moved the "Reading List" collection into a more hidden corner, figuring that since these books are assigned for school, patrons will ask for them to find them. The new space suits them a lot better since it is one of the few collections that demands multiple copies, so now I have the room to keep 6 copies of The Grapes of Wrath on the shelf.
Where the Reading List used to live has now become the "New Teen Reads" section. Previously, brand new YA books were just going straight to the shelves, while the adult new books got their own special display. I didn't feel that was fair to our YA readers (or authors!) so now I display titles on these 6 shelves. I've noticed both teens AND adults checking out stacks of new books.
So, now I have the space in the regular shelves to turn book covers outward on multiple titles (the Barnes & Nobles look) and wow, has it made a difference! The circ department tells me that YA circs have really gone up (though I'm sure the economy and that little vampire/romance have also brought a lot of new kids into the building). This month, I've started to pull multiple titles and have them just standing at the end of shelves that have extra space. That seems to be working too! I got 3 copies of the same book to check out yesterday, a book that had been sitting on the shelf for quite some time.
Didn't cost us a dime, just a few hours of shifting and weeding, and the YA section seems a lot more appealing.
Now to figure out how to get all the teens that are checking out my books to attend some programs!