Our library likes to include an interactive component with our book displays. So, in addition to the bookshelves filled with fun pop culture books, we also included a game. Our game was called “Guess Who’s Shelf”. The bookcase had 5 shelves, so we picked 5 characters to represent with books. I used wikis to find out details about the characters. For instance, Penny’s shelf had books on how to become an actress, Nebraska, wine, and pharmaceutical sales; Howard’s shelf had books on the international space station, magic, sign language, a Russian dictionary, The Right Stuff, and Judaism.
Each week we selected a winner at random from the correct answers. The prizes consisted of a Bazinga bookmark ($1 from Allposters.com), a Batman bag (donated), a Big Bang Theory puzzle ($1 at 99 Cents Store), 4 pieces of Superman taffy ($1 for a whole bag at the 99 Cents Store), a box of tea ($5 for 4 boxes at Big Lots), and a book from our gift books. I selected science and astronomy books. We had 129 people enter the contest.
To help create a facsimile of Apartment 4A, we borrowed a red leather couch, table, rug, a couple of chairs, and moved a whiteboard into the area. As part of our effort to increase our High Impact Practices (or HIPs), one student was assigned to change the writing on the whiteboard each week. She used Google images to find quotes from Sheldon’s whiteboard. The Cooper Extraction and the Friendship Algorithm were two of my favorites. We hung two Batman posters on the backside of the whiteboard with double sided tape.
In addition to working with our Special Collections department, we also worked with Circulation and Systems. In order to track books that did circulate and to assist patrons and staff in finding the books, the location of each book on display was changed to reflect that it was part of the display.
California State University, Fullerton is an academic library which is open to the public. In creating our book display, we wanted to highlight items from our collection and frame them in a fun interactive way for our patrons to enjoy. Although our books are available for people to check out, very few actually circulated.