>Thursday 5th – running reader-friendly libraries, day 2


Today, we looked at creating attractive libraries for readers. Participants came up with many ideas but perhaps the most important one was the role and character of the librarian. A friendly, creative librarian is the starting point for a good welcoming library. Of course the book stock and library environment are also key, as is good library organisation. I take the participants through the Dewey Decimal Classification System – and provide some book titles for them to classify. It is surprisingly quite a fun session. It is soon apparent that teaching is a bit hidden in the scheme as three out of four groups classify the Teaching Handbook wrongly (370, Education, for those who want to know!), but the participants seemed to enjoy the challenge.

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