[Michlib-l] Series titles on spine labels?

Jessica Wilhoite jwilhoite at tln.lib.mi.us
Thu Feb 12 13:45:18 EST 2015


We have a system in place for our J SERIES - they are in a separate location and the call number is J SERIES (SERIES NAME) - i.e. the Timmy Failure series has a call number J SERIES TIMMY FAILURE with a series sticker above it. We do not put the number on the spine because most of the numbers are visible anyway. When a series is complete we remove the series sticker and place it in the J FIC collection, but keep the series name, in most cases. So when Timmy Failure is complete, the call number will be J FIC TIMMY FAILURE. This has been working great for us so far. 

Jessica Wilhoite 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Janelle Martin" <jmartin at lib.lapeer.org>
To: "michlib-l" <michlib-l at mail.mcls.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:06:54 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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Jessica Wilhoite
Youth Librarian 
Romulus Public Library
11121 Wayne Rd. 
Romulus, MI 48174

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