Last night I received an email from my friend Maggie Henke. We have been emailing and Skyping about the reorganization of our library....Maggie is now moving her library around too.
"When putting sports books together, do you put biographies of prominent sports figures with the sports section...or separated in the biography section."
What a GREAT question! I know we put a new shelf marker with "Biographies" on the shelf, but all of the biographies have still stayed together.
I started thinking, "Does that make the most sense for our students to be able to find them? Now with the specific categories like 'Titanic', 'Basketball', and 'Space' wouldn't it make more sense to also move the biographies into these categories as well?"
When I came in today, I looked at our Biography section. We have so many wonderful books in this section but they are easily missed. I pulled a few of the books that would be a natural fit into the new nonfiction categories.
And perhaps when we start moving books out of the Biography section we realize we don't even need it at all. Maybe all of the biographies will find a home in a new neighborhood within our library.
I do know this....These books will now not be passed by just sitting in the Biography section. They will be seen throughout the nonfiction sections as exciting new additions to our collection.
The students will love checking these books out to read and learn all kinds of new information.
Thank you Maggie for giving me a big "A-Ha" moment. :)