Especially the smaller (school) libraries have just one or two display boards and there is hardly space to step outside that square metre; but with some ideas and tips from this website you might be surprised what you can do ……
The most challenging obstacle is your own fear. Reading the ‘Barriers to Creative Thinking’ can help you recognize what is holding you back. The summary of ‘Personality Types’ can help you to define what kind of display will work best for your customers, while ‘Tips for Creating Displays’ can give you some ideas of how to create displays that look differently. It is a learning curve, but with every new display you make, you build up your own knowledge and skills, you learn from your mistakes and do it better the next time. Success assured!
For me it is also a learning curve. When I started in my new job in a school library I made very traditional displays. Facing a new environment, dealing with a second language and getting used to a new type of library made me cautious. Now I’m much more courageous. My latest displays are far more attractive and bright. Have a look under Categories, Recent Posts or click on the links below for the displays and feel free to copy ideas. Let me know how you’re doing and if your displays work out well, send me some photos with a discription so that I can upload them to this website.
The forks on top of the rack of the Cook Book display and the packages of food around the huge plate with the apple created an interesting eye catcher.
For Bike Wise Week I attached an old bike upright to the frame of the display board, with the message to get your bike right, and attached some bike gear on top of the panels. This gave the three panel board a totally different look.
Myths and Legends date from ancient times and the golden glow of the background cover fitted well with the black and white Maori canoes or the colourful Greek warriors.
The DOC posters and green card I used for the Conservation Week display covered the subject very well. The rubbish collected after one interval stapled to the middle panel emphasized the meaning of Clean-Up Week.
Google Images is a great tool. I copied the images of the Olympic medals to hang them around the neck of the winning NZ athletes. The gold, silver and bronze banners with the photos were daily updated with winners and medals.
Showing a familiar topic from a fresh point of view can be great fun and that is what you do when making creative displays. With the right tools and a bit of imagination you can make the difference.
Hopefully the recources and displays of this website help you to get fresh input and the courage to step outside the box of traditional thinking. You can start today with a whole new style of promoting library media and information….
…..having fun doing it….