In education, there are always new trends that capture the attention of educators. Some of these trends don't necessarily benefit students, so I'm careful to jump on the bandwagon too quickly when trends start making the social media rounds. In the library world, the newest trend is to genrefy the library. Books are grouped together on the shelf by genre rather than being arranged alphabetically by the first three letters of the author's last name. I like to think of this as the Barnes & Noble method because it's like shopping at a bookstore.
With this educational trend, I had to balance the pros and cons before attempting to completely rearrange my fiction section.
Pros: easier to find a book in a favorite genre, don't have to rely on the online catalog as much
Cons: time-consuming for me
The bottom line is that genrefication makes using the library easier on the students, and that's enough of a reason for me to take on this massive project.
How I Started:
One of the most time-consuming parts of this process is moving all of the books that aren't a part of the genre collection to make space on the shelves. This took a long time! I suggest that you compact the books as much as possible to free up as many shelves as possible so that you don't have to keep doing this every time you want to create a new genre collection.
I was so excited for school to start so that I could share these new collections with the students. The shelves are not nearly as full now as they were in this picture because students have been rushing to these collections. Throughout the year I'll complete the rest of the fiction section, so the library will be a work-in-progress all year long. But in the end it will be worth it for sure!