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CHILDREN OF RAGNAROK:

Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.

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Genrefying Library #2!

 
Whoohoo! I have just completed my second library genrefication project! My first project was in a middle school library in Fort Worth, Texas. This time, I have genrefied my new middle and high school library in Suzhou, China.
Simply put, genrefication is the act of labeling library books according to genre. When I talk about genrefication, I am only referring to genrefying my mega-sized Fiction section. With only two exceptions (mythology and short stories), I have left the Dewey sections of my library intact.

There are two ways to genrefy a Fiction section:

  • Label only–This is where books have genre labels but are still located in their traditional alpha-by-author Fiction section.
  • Label and section–This takes genrefication one step further. Librarians label the spine by genre and also dissolve the fiction section altogether, opting instead to create genre sections.

Personally, I think it is best to label your genres with color or pictorial spine labels AND relocate the books into genre sections.

Before I did my first full fiction genrefication in 2011, I had labeled books using pictorial spine stickers I created myself. I did this for about a year and noticed only a slight increase in circulation and library use among students.

It was only when I moved the books into color-coded genre sections that I really saw a spike in our circulation statistics. Labeling alone will help make the library more user-friendly, but creating genre sections will go much farther to maximize benefits for your patrons.

Right from the start, students loved the changes in the library, saying it was easier to find the books they liked. At the end of each school year, I always had a few students tell me that they were sad to move up to the high school library because it wasn’t genrefied. While they knew how to use the online library catalog, it just wasn’t the same as having all the historical fiction novels you love right in front of you in one place.

While many school librarians report positive results in their genrefication endeavors, genrefication is still controversial within the library community. Librarians who oppose genrefication say it dumbs down the school library and does not force students to learn to use the online catalog system. They say that students from genrefied libraries won’t read widely across genres and won’t be able to use non-genrefied public and university libraries. I will examine these and several other arguments against genrefication in several upcoming posts over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned…

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