Display Supplies

November 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

I thought I’d talk a little about the materials that you should get to make some basic displays.  We’ll start with what I would consider to be the most indispensible:

  1. Books Easels – To display your books.  They come in wire or acrylic.  I like the wire ones since they fold up and are easier to store.  Either way, just make sure that the size you get fits the size of the books you’ll be displaying.  You can get these from any major library supply store.
  2. Sign Holders – While you could create displays without them, I use these all the time.  If your display area is on a flat surface, rather than in a case, it allows you to create easy signs that stand up on the table top.  They can come in horizontal or vertical.  Again, you can get them from any major library supply store.
  3. Cloths – I often use cloths on the table for displays.  It doesn’t have to be a tablecloth.  You can just go to a fabric store and get a yard or two of fabric.  It’s best to stick with basic, solid colors.  That way, you can reuse the cloths for all different kinds of displays.

There are quite a few more things that you can gather and use, but you can create quite a variety of displays with just these items.


Documenting Your Display

October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Speaking of Homecoming, over the weekend I went to my alma mater for Homecoming.  Of course I had to visit the library.  I got a chance to check out their displays and I was pretty impressed.  They had display areas spread throughout the library.  They used them to highlight their Special Collections, student activities, and library events to name a few.

The other cool thing about Musselman Library’s displays were that they are all archived on their website: http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/news/exhibits/  Not just current displays, but past ones as well.  I think this is a great idea, and it was fun for me to go back through a lot of past displays and see them in digital format as well.

Even if you don’t post your display pictures online, it’s a great idea to archive photographs of past displays for yourself.  I take pictures of all of the displays I put up, so that I have a record of what displays we’ve done.  That way I can go back and remind myself of past ideas.  If I have to put up similar displays annually (Constitution Day, Welcoming new students, etc.) I can see what I’ve done before and try to make them a little different from last year, so it doesn’t get too boring.  Photographs allow me to have a record of the books showcased in those displays, without writing all of the titles down.  We post pictures of our current displays on our Facebook page as a way to share with our campus community.  Another time I’ve used photographs of our displays is to share with other librarians what we’ve been doing.  I love seeing pictures of other libraries’ displays because it gives me ideas of displays to do in my own library.

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