After thinking about how we could promote the library to staff on the first day of our 2015 school year, we decided to greet them with a show bag of library goodies. We wanted to remind staff about existing services and also highlight new features of our contemporary library.
Inspired by The Unquiet Librarian’s goody bags, we set about compiling a MHS version. We contacted suppliers, designed informational postcards, created coffee vouchers, bought lollies and began compiling 130 lunchbags! We were very appreciative of our freebies, ClickView pens,Trove bookmarks and AustLit fliers. I created a postcard that promoted what the library can do as well as advertising our libguides, facebook and twitter accounts. A second postcard promoted the responsibilities of each library staff member. Added to the bags was a coffee voucher redeemable in the Library, nougat and raffle ticket. Two bottles of wine up for grabs meant everyone delved into their bags for their raffle ticket. To top it off, Tom Gauld, a cartoonist and illustrator from London, granted us permission to use his incredible illustration ‘Library’ on the front of our bags. We were thrilled! We had great fun creating the bags, making them something that reflected us. It seems that staff appreciated the personal touch, as we’ve had positive feedback, with one staff member commenting that she felt ‘it came from the heart’. There has also been a noticeable shift in the way staff connect with us.