Fiction readers will soon notice a change to the adult fiction section of Eckhart Public Library.
While the library is closed September 22-27, staff members and volunteers will be working hard to “interfile” the books in the section.
Currently, many fiction books geared toward adult readers are divided by genre. Books classified as mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, western, and Christian fiction are shelved in separate sections of the adult fiction section from other fiction titles. After the collection is interfiled, books from all genres will be shelved together in alphabetical order by the last name of the author.
This is a sample of what it will look like:
This change is partly due to current trends in books. Many authors, including popular authors such as Janet Evanovich and James Patterson, write in more than one genre, and many books could fit into two or three different genres. This change allows people to easily find all of the books by their favorite authors, and increases visibility for books that belong in several genres.
People who predominantly read one genre will still be able to easily find the books they want to read. Mystery, science fiction, fantasy, western, and Christian fiction books will have a sticker indicating genre. In addition, the online public access catalog has even more genre information. People looking for genres such as paranormal romance, cozy mystery, or historical fiction can search the catalog for those books. Interfiling also will change the way people browse the adult fiction, and will better allow readers to discover a new favorite author or book.
Library users can preview the interfiled collection by looking at the New & Recent Fiction shelves on the main level of the library, which has already been interfiled.