Women, History and QR Codes…

March DisplayA few weeks ago my supervisor asked if I would like to do a display for one side of our A-frame in the library. I assumed he meant March so I started planning for Women’s History Month. I solicited the help of one of the other Library Assistants (https://bookwormblog.net/) because she is more familiar with the children and young adults collection.

I decided to try QR codes on the display. I haven’t done much with them in the past, mainly because I didn’t really understand them. However, I  thought I could link to the three main areas I searched for titles to include in the display and make it easy for patrons to access the results.

We have been introducing the streaming film service Kanopy so I included a QR link to a simple search for Women History. Of course, the day after I printed the banner, Kanopy announced a collection of their own and it is so much broader than my simple search: https://keyslibraries.kanopy.com/category/tags/womens-history-month. I also included a QR code for search results in our juvenile collection and in our non-fiction collection. so far I haven’t received a question or a comment about the QR codes so I am not sure if they were helpful or not. I did see some ways to track QR traffic and I will explore those and get back to you in some future post…

For the display I included a range of biographies and memoirs for adults and children as well as history and even some graphic novels. I was gratified to see books missing from the display almost as soon as I put them out. I check it every day to keep it fresh so if you are in Key West stop by to see what we have both on the display and on the shelves!

All opinions expressed here are my own and are not reflections of Monroe County Government or the Monroe County Public Library. Beginning my third career as a new librarian, after 22 years as a massage therapist in the Florida Keys. It may seem like a big shift but I have always been interested in education and information as well as how to best sift through the multitude of information sources to find what is most useful. After Hurricane Irma, I accepted my first position at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Sadly, I found myself to homesick so I decided to return to the Florida Keys a little over a year later. I accepted a position at the public library. While I miss the more interesting parts of my work at USA, I am happy to be working with a great team and with the public as well as learning how different the public library is from a private, for-profit university.

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