Top 10: RA Posters
Here’s how a booklist works:
1) You grab your list of books and read through to see if there are any titles you want.
2) You go to the PAC and search to see if the title is available (or go to the shelf).
3) Of course the title you want is checked out so you place a hold and still have to find a title to read today.
There is a lot of effort and time spent using booklists for what ends up more often than not in an unsatisfying patron experience. Your patron still walks out empty handed and having to wait for the books that you just got them excited about with your brief annotation.
In comparison, if you do book displays the experience goes like this:
1) You walk up to a display of books on a certain theme – let’s say zombies.
2) You pick up the book to read the back and see if you want to read it.
3) You check out the book and leave a satisfied customer.
However, staff and parents sometimes want to know titles to recommend to teens so I came up with a great compromise that combined both RA materials and face out book displays AND created a way for me to make my teen area attractive and fun – the RA poster. Granted, I didn’t invent the RA poster. But since my budget doesn’t allow for me to purchase multiple posters, I started creating my own, which I often share here for free. One of the questions I frequently get asked is how I create my RA posters. I use a variety of apps (Instagram, Wordfoto, Diptic) and programs (Gimp, Microsoft Publisher, Wordle) to create the posters (and bookmarks and memes).
|You can download this poster at http://www.box.net/shared/azsha15dvs|
|You can download this poster at http://www.box.net/shared/a1hfi23pue|
|You can download the file at http://www.box.net/shared/p8o2qc10ebs93tt1d6jt|
|You can download the file at http://www.box.net/shared/o0tlv0qm3pbgbpmm1t2o|
|This poster can be downloaded at http://www.box.com/s/pfga8bnk0mzdmf5ke2o4|
|You can download the file at http://www.box.net/shared/2o6px9kmlniaso30sgot|
|You can download the poster at http://www.box.com/s/duxk17uo59eveyip5ut1|
|You can download this poster at http://www.box.net/shared/bscznkszvj|
|You can download the file at http://www.box.net/shared/j4efx2r81pet4t6033ny|
|You can download this poster at http://www.box.com/s/493c1c30c7ccc21db28f|
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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