We are working through the Genrefication of our novel collection. This means the novels will be labelled and sorted by genre. Like a book store. It will make the collection much more user friendly and enable students to more easily find books. It takes a little while to complete the process as each book must be changed in the library catalogue also. You can read about why this is a great idea and how I do this here.

Even though the process is just beginning, students are already using the labels to find undiscovered treasures.

Intermediate novel Genrification complete!

I am so pleased with how the genrification arrangement is being embraced by the students. In this first week, students have been very excited to read newly discovered books and are finding it much easier to find the titles they are interested in. Click here to see the genres and the step by step process we used. This was the second library I have switched over to this system and it went much quicker this time around. I was less worried about where to place books that fit in more than one genre: cross-over is good and gets students exploring several areas.

This time around I had students complete the final alphabetization within each genre. I had to look away whilst they pulled everything off the shelves šŸ˜¬ but they were able to complete the task before the end of class.

We have nine genres, the largest is a combined Fantasy and Science Fiction.Ā 

As an added plus, I have relabelled both the english and the french non-fiction collectons, playing fast and loose with Dewey and making books much easier to find. French resources are now clearly deliniated, call numbers don’t ‘wrap around’, faded labels are easier to see and dated call numbers adjusted to reflect contemporary thought. (One short paragraph – months of work) Here’s the before and after:

Step by Step Guide to Genrefication

Here’s a quick overview of the process I used to switch over to Genrification of the Intermediate fiction. I did this once before in 2015 at Georges Vanier Elementary and am getting ready to make the shift at Martha Currie. Here’s a few slides from a presentation I did at the BCTLA conference last October.

Reasoning behind the shift

While you are at it – consider single letter spine labels.

Choose your categoriesĀ 

For example students who read Hunter’s ‘Warriors’ tended to like animal stories so I placed them with Ivan and DiCamillo rather than with the Fantasy books. I chose to streamline Science Fiction and Fantasy into one genre with a slightly incorrect Sci Fi Fantasy label. It worked. The students who read dragon books tended to like the Alien books too.Ā 

Call number remains the same.

Seeing the numbers for each category will give you an idea of where the section might best fit on your shelves.

Woo Hoo! Easier Access to the Intermediate Fiction

Students in the Learning Commons now have a new way to more easily find the books they love. Instead of organizing the intermediate fiction by author, the books are now arranged by genre – like in a book store.


The books have brightly coloured labels which makes them easy to identify and are grouped together. So if you like books about ghouls and zombies take a look at our SUPERNATURAL section.

Here’s a list of our new categories. Come check out our books about:

ADVENTURE: danger and challenges

ANIMALS: dogs, cats, elephants and gorillas

HISTORICAL: wars, ninjas and sinking ships

HUMOUR: diaries, laughs and giggles

REALISTIC: relationships, home and school, joy and sadness

SCI-FI and FANTASY: monsters, myths, mermaids and magic

SPORTS: pucks, balls and bats

SUSPENSE: mysteries and surprise endings

SUPERNATURAL: ghosts and vampires

Students can also use an iPad to electronically search the library catalogue to find their perfect book.