BUL’s latest and greatest creation is an A+ example of library collaboration.
At the annual Academic and Research Library Division conference (ARLD Day, for short) a number of Bethel Librarians learned what was going on at other Minnesota academic libraries. An especially intriguing lightning round from the University of Minnesota’s Wilson Library about “Pop-up Libraries” as part of an outreach initiative seemed like something we could tailor to our community.
From student centers to farmers’ markets, a group of librarians at the U of M have created a bookmobile that “pops up” all over campus–challenging the stereotypes of what a library is and isn’t.
With a Twist:
Taking the concept of a bookmobile and giving it a fun twist, the Bethel Librarians developed “bluebox” – a redbox parody that highlighted our extensive feature films collection. We thought it would be fun to highlight our DVDs rather than books to introduce something from the library they might not expect. We decided to pop-up twice before fall break–once on Freshman Hill, once in Kresge Courtyard.
Was overwhelmingly positive. In only 4 hours over 2 days, bluebox loaned 68 DVDs to 33 patrons, including students, faculty, and staff!
While it is cool that the BUL has Mad Max, Furious 7, and Avengers 2, what is more important is the positive impact we had on Bethel’s community. Students learned new things about our friendly staff, awesome DVD collection, and, well, even that Bethel has a library. Meeting our students where they’re at, building positive relationships, and making our presence known on campus were what we were hoping to achieve, and did we ever!
Bluebox’s debut was an enormous success. We plan to pop-up before some other holidays – so keep an eye out for our big blue cart around campus.
There are other fun things going on in the BUL this fall! Our first DIY Festival takes place this Wednesday, October 28 from 1:00-2:30 in the library! Learn how to thread your eyebrows, change a bike tire, make a coffee mug cake, and more!