About three weeks ago Reference approached Media with the offer of an available table. After some creative wheeling and dealing on the part of my co-worker, my dream of having a display space in Media has been fulfilled. Prior to this addition, Media did not have any display areas besides the counter top of the service desk (which is prime real estimate, but not convenient for display materials.) I believe that displaying materials from one’s collection is critically important to getting users aware of what the collection can offer them, and conversely thus displays are important to materials getting circulated.
Our first display fell a few days after William Shakespeare’s birthday, but more importantly fell a week before a program that the library was hosting with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Collection promotion AND program promotion? Yes, please.