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Black belt Shelver at Sump Memorial Library


Sump is not just a place of learning, it’s a place to have FUN, RELAX, and FIND THE JOY IN READING!


Have you ever gone to the library and searched for a book the catalog says is there, but you can’t find it no matter how hard you search???

The number one reason proper shelving is so important...


If shelves start to look like this...

A book could be lost for

months,

even

weeks,

YEARS.


And we want you to be the best shelvers you can be!


This tutorial is to help guide you through the basics of shelving in Youth Services.

Don’t worry! We don’t expect you to know everything. Cathy and Mary, your shelving sensei, will still be around if you need help Karate chopping through any blocks.


When you’re done with this tutorial, you will be able to: 1. Describe the basic layout of the youth services shelving setup 2. Identify the various spine labels used on materials and their corresponding locations in the library 3. Properly organize and alphabetize individual materials within their labeled sections


Part One: Learning the Sections of Youth Services


Breaking it Down There are Seven main sections of Youth Services Within those sections there are special collections: Media Bags, Graphic Novels, Golden Sowers, Eyewitness, Star Wars, LEGOs, and Series (These are subject to change)


Fill ‘Em In Label the sections on the map:  

   

  

YA Non-Fiction Special Collections YA Fiction Bin Books Easy Readers Juvenile Picture Books Juvenile Fiction Series Juvenile Non-Fiction


Part Two: Spine Labels


Spine Labels (aka Call Numbers) are located on the spine of the book Part 1: The Classification Number or Letters (Tell the section the book goes in)

Part 2: The first three letters of the author’s last name

J 811 SID *Juvenile Non-fiction example


Fiction Books have letters as their Call Numbers Ex Picture Book: A Sick

Day for Amos McGee By Philip and Erin Stead

JP STE

Non- Fiction Books have Dewey Decimal Call Numbers Ex Juvenile Non-fiction:

Moonshot : the flight of Apollo 11 By Brian Floca

J 629.454 FLO


Bin Books

BIN

Junior Picture Books

JP

Junior Fiction

J FIC

Junior Easy Reader

JE

Young Adult

YA

LEGO

LEGO

Star Wars

STAR WARS

Series

SERIES

Media Bags

JMB

Golden Sowers

Has a Golden Sticker

Graphic Novels

GRA

Eyewitness

EYE WIT


Now you try! Match the section with the correct spine label, drawing lines between them. Bin Books

JMB

Juvenile Picture Books

YA

Juvenile Fiction

Golden Sticker

Juvenile Easy Reader

JP

Young Adult

GRA

Media Bags

BIN

Golden Sowers

JE

Graphic Novels

J FIC


Part Three: Time to Start Shelving


Fiction materials are organized (within their sections) alphabetically by the author’s last name 

Multiple books by the same author are then alphabetized by the book title

If multiple authors have the same last name, their first names are the next to be alphabetized


Arthur Lost and Found

Marc Brown

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Marc Brown

Arthur’s Pet Business

Marc Brown

Dora Loves Boots

Alison Inches

999 TADPOLES

Ken Kimura

Piggy Pie Po

Audrey and Don Wood

Silly Sally

Audrey Wood

Nothing To Do

Don Wood

When in doubt, always remember NOTHING comes before SOMETHING!


George Foreman

Let George Do It!

Phyllis Root

Ten Sleepy Sheep

Norman Bridwell

Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit

Michael Foreman

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Alice Schertle

1, 2, I Love You

Norman Bridwell

Clifford, We Love You

Alice Schertle

When the Moon is High

Put these books in the order you would shelve them


Norman Bridwell

Clifford, We Love You

Norman Bridwell

Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit

George Foreman

Let George Do It!

Michael Foreman

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Phyllis Root

Ten Sleepy Sheep

Alice Schertle

1, 2, I Love You

Alice Schertle

When the Moon is High

You’re almost there! Your non-fiction brown belt is coming up!


Non-fiction books are shelved numerically using the Dewey Decimal Classification System. It has numbers ranging from 000-900s, and each number range corresponds to a different subject. First, put together all books with the same whole number. Then within those whole numbers arrange books from smallest to largest based on their decimal places. You’re not done yet...


Many times, several books will have the same Dewey Decimal number.

When that happens, the books are then shelved using the same rules as fiction books: first alphabetically by author’s last name, then first name, then title.


J 027

Kathi Appelt

Down Cut Shin Creek...

J 576.8 Hei Deborah Heiligman Charles and Emma... J 576.8 Slo Christopher Sloan The Human Story... J 577 All

Michael Allaby

Biomes of the World: Mountains

J 577 All

Michael Allaby

Biomes of the World: Temperate Forests

J 598 Ler

Carol Lerner

On the Wing...

J 598.47 Hol

Kevin J. Holmes

Penguins


J 811.43 Ste

James Stevenson

Just Around the Corner

J 793.8 Pre

Fay Presto

Magic for Kids

J 793.8 Lon

Bob Longe

Easy Hand Tricks

J 910.9 Phi

Nathaniel Philbrick

Revenge of the Whale

J 811.008 Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye

Is This Forever, or What?

Put these books in the order you would shelve them


J 793.8 Lon

Bob Longe

Easy Hand Tricks

J 793.8 Pre

Fay Presto

Magic for Kids

J 811.008 Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye

Is This Forever, or What?

J 811.43 Ste

James Stevenson

Just Around the Corner

J 910.9 Phi

Nathaniel Philbrick

Revenge of the Whale

If you got these right... you’re going to be a black belt shelver in no time!


If you found a Harry Potter LEGOs book sitting in the middle of the library, where would you shelve it? Draw me a picture of a spine label for a Juvenile Graphic Novel by Brian Vaughn

How are shelving fiction and non-fiction different and how are they similar?


Now that you know the basics, grab a cart and GO FOR IT!

If you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask! Just remember the two basic rules: 1. Nothing before Something 2. Accuracy not Speed

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