|Number stickers in (in)action|
I know it sounds like a lot of work to go back and do this retroactively, but it wasn't bad (says the staffer who didn't do it herself). When my assistant is processing new books, she looks up titles in the What's Next database maintained by Kent District Library (coincidentally, my previous employer). The numbered stickers were purchased from a vendor before I started working here, but most of them have been applied during my tenure. The trickiest books to do were all of the different Nancy Drews, because there are so. many. different. ones. The stickers go from 0-9, so she does have to trim some of them to fit if a book is in the double digits. We do put a 0 on prequels.
I think this is a great option for medium-size collections like ours. Our reference/circulation area in our youth department is combined and only has one dedicated computer for staff to use when assisting patrons, so it's great for us that no one has to look up the order of books in a series that we own, assuming that they are on the shelf. Patrons also appreciate having that information readily available to them.