[Michlib-l] Series titles on spine labels?

Amelia Nolan anolan at sjcity.com
Thu Feb 12 09:50:57 EST 2015

In the children's room we do try to label the spine with the # of the series unless we feel that the number is displayed on the book itself, like Harry Potter for instance.  It can be a pain because we sometimes have to pull a series that we didn't number and redo the labels but it is very helpful to the patrons and saves us having to look it up again and again.

Amy Nolan

Children's Librarian

St. Joseph Public Library


From: michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org [michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org] on behalf of Catherine Les [cathymcles at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 5:00 PM
To: Janelle Martin; michlib-l
Subject: Re: [Michlib-l] Series titles on spine labels?

Hi -
We do series spine labels for our Childrens and Young Adult sections. The labels have the first word of the series on them. We do not put the series number on the labels (or anywhere else on the book). We also have them in a separate section from the "regular" single title fiction books.

For Harry Potter:



For Vampire Chronicles:


Our patrons really like it.

Catherine McCullough Les
Technical Services Supervisor
Sterling Heights Public Library
Sterling Heights, MI

From: Janelle Martin <jmartin at lib.lapeer.org>
To: michlib-l <michlib-l at mail.mcls.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:06 PM
Subject: [Michlib-l] Series titles on spine labels?

Hello Everyone,
I had a patron mention that it would be nice if we had the series number on the spine label of the adult/young adult fiction books and I started thinking about it. It sounds like a good idea, however, it seems like it would be a lot of work. I discussed it with my director and she wants to know if other libraries do this. Does any library do this? What is the process? How are your labels set up and what information is on it?

An alternative that was discussed was to put a list of the series titles attached to the shelf where the books are shelved (on a shelf talker) but this seems like a lot of information to attach to a shelf, especially for the series with more than 10 books. Does anyone do this?

Does anyone have something that works better than these two options?
I am more than willing to look up series titles for patrons but I thought this might help the patrons who want to do it themselves.
Any information that you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,


Janelle Martin
Head of Fiction
Marguerite deAngeli Library
Lapeer District Library
jmartin at lib.lapeer.org
810-664-6971 ext 3218

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