9-6 Acquisitions Display Case

Purpose:  To create an inviting and informative display that draws attention to, and promotes interest in and circulation of books or materials recently acquired by the library. Displays should be current, changed regularly, and meet the interests and needs of the university community.


Collect covers from recently cataloged books. Look for attractive covers featuring a variety of colors and timely topics. Keep those that  are likely to be used in future displays.  Note the copyright date on the inside of the cover to enable later weeding of old titles. Displays featuring books acquired in the previous year or two are preferable, although, a five-year span is acceptable.

Displays may feature a simple, eclectic collection of recently acquired books likely to be of interest to students and faculty.  However, a display planned around a specific academic subject area or a seasonal/color theme is preferable whenever possible. Let Head of Collection Services know of planned topics before crafting the display.


Prepare and print call number forms to be inserted into 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ clear acrylic holders used to identify the call number and QR code for each book in the display. A QR code symbol enables patrons using a QR code reader app on a cell phone to instantly access the URSUS catalog record for the book. A master copy of the call number box form is available in the Collection Development internal share drive “Forms” folder.

  • Search book title in public web mode of URSUS.
  • Note the call number and enter in the form box.
  • Click on “Permanent Link” at the bottom of the web page to display the book record in the URL space.
  • Copy the URL and paste into a free QR code generator to produce a QR code symbol for the URSUS record.
  • Copy the generated QR code symbol into the form box below the call number.
  • Cut individual call number boxes apart and insert into holders.

Use Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher as necessary to design and print a 8″ x 10″ sign that identifies the display as “Recent Book Acquisitions,” and in smaller font “Raymond H. Fogler Library.”  Insert into clear acrylic sign holder.

Place selected book covers over saved “dummy books.”


Gather featured books, signage, and any accompanying display materials and set up display in First Floor central hallway. Dust and clean glass shelves and window regularly.

Two padlock keys for the case are maintained by the administrative specialist in the Collection Services Department.  If needed, a key may be obtained from the administrative specialist or department head.