Five libraries (four in Queensland and one in New Zealand) collaborated to create Beyond The Lavender Keeper Reading Map in recognition of of Australia’s 2013 Get Reading Campaign.
The challenge was to produce a reading map of The Lavender Keeper to coincide with a visit to four Queensland public libraries by author Fiona McIntosh in mid-September as part of Australia’s 2013 Get Reading Campaign.
The project began six weeks ago when Alison Miles from CityLibraries Townsville asked if I was interested in doing another reading map (see our previous collaborative reading map Beyond Chocolat) along with three other librarians – Jo Beazley from Toowoomba Regional Libraries, Louise Pieper from Gold Coast Libraries, and Tina Cavanough from Moreton Bay Region Libraries – who were all hosting Fiona McIntosh at their libraries within the same week.
Alison and I had worked well together in the past so of course I said ‘Yes’ and volunteered to lead the reading map design. A couple of days later Alison shared some Google Documents for the team to use with a brief set of clear guidelines and expectations. And we got to it. Themes were discussed and voted on and books were shortlisted against criteria. There were two criteria for inclusion in the reading map:
- The title closely matches at least one of the main themes of The Lavender Keeper and
- The title is found in all five library collections.
The reading map design further dictated the number of titles selected and the amount of content per title.
I enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with others (some for the first time), extend and expand my reading knowledge, and connecting readers with our collections in a visually attractive way. I thought we worked well together as a team and produced a reading map to be proud of.
My next reading map adventure will be the culmination of a ‘his and hers’ reading map of 1Q84. Boy will that be a goodie!
If you’d like me to work on a reading map with you, get in touch; I’m most likely to say ‘Yes’.