The library’s in the bag!

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! Bags Bag contents 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. Postcard 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. Wine 1 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! Bag front 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.

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5 thoughts on “The library’s in the bag!

  1. What a wonderful idea! I totally want to borrow your idea for the beginning of the next school year. I am staff of one, so I’ll have to get started working on it during the summer!

  2. This popped up in my Facebook newsfeed of all places…I love this idea! It’s something I thought about doing this year, but didn’t. When did you start approaching people for freebies?

    • Hi Bec. We loved this idea too and it was fun compiling the bags. I put the bags together over our summer school holidays. I began approaching people for freebies several weeks before. Certainly best to start as early as possible so you can build up a supply. Hope you get to make them 🙂

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