Careful cataloging is worth the time when it helps patrons navigate the library's database to find the books they want. Using varied subject headings helps make the match between the user's interests and the collection, and thoughtful placement and labeling of resources within the facility is another way to help patrons browse for what they want.
But that's not all! Careful cataloging can also be a book promotion tool.
When a new batch of books arrives, I settle in for some heavy-duty YouTube searching. As much as possible, I edit a book's record to include a book trailer, author website, or informational site that will generate interest in the book. These links become part of the book's record and make it easy for patrons to get extra information about the book. I try to put little extras in as many places as possible. The more I post it, the more chances that people will see it!
I use SAFESHARE for all video links. It eliminates the distractions on YouTube pages, so videos show like this. The SafeShare video link is the one I post in various places. Places I post: Catalog Resource List in the catalog: "Books with Trailers" Pinterest (YA and Middle Grades) Google Doc of QR code images and matching links (YA and Middle Grades) Library Website Trailers page When students come in asking "What should I read?" I show them how to start scouring these places first!
Happy New Year! To start off the new year, I posted two new bulletin boards, both inspired by pins found on Pinterest. "Here's to Great Beginnings" - via Shelia at Snippets of Sheila Celebrates the opening lines of some great books, mostly for middle grades. Students lift the flaps to see which book matches the first sentence given. Directions and printable first lines here.
"Use Your Device to EXPAND not Escape" - via Royan Lee at The Spicy Learning Blog Encourages students to be producers not just consumers when using their laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Directions and printable here.