Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Summer 7-7-2015


Generally created by individual librarians and anchored to a physical space, library displays are often static, limited, and fleeting. However, these displays can evolve into wider, more affective, multi-dimensional, 21st century, virtual spaces by incorporating collaborative discourse between multiple librarians, by reaching out to the community for content, and by using technological tools, such as email, Google Drive, Google Images, QR codes, and social media. This paper presents a case study of the life of a library display from inception through execution. By pooling the skills, experiences, and stakeholder networks of two librarians and an MLIS intern, the library’s December display highlighting items from the juvenile collection evolved into an engaging third space that allowed for greater interaction between the library and various campus communities and resulted in a 75% increase in the circulation of the juvenile collection. Seeking and incorporating the input of various stakeholders in the creation and voice of the display builds an audience for the display alongside the display itself, and creates a richer, wider, more inclusive community dialogue where all voices are valued and heard.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.