The "Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory at Harvard Law School" is piloting "The Awesome Box" at their circulation desk. What is it? Well, it's a open box, decorated a bit and marked "Return awesome stuff HERE!" It sits on their desk where books are returned.
The idea is that students, when returning materials, can put the books they found most helpful or enjoyable in the awesome box, while the rest just go on the counter normally.
How simple is that, to get feedback from patrons about what books they really liked? You could keep a list of a books that are returned in the Awesome Box. You could even use the list to promote books. You could keep a sticky note pad and a pen there so people could write a few words about what made the book awesome. Besides, it's fun. If you see someone put a book in the Awesome Box, chances are they'll be eager to talk about it!
What else can you think of with the Awesome Box?
Learn more about Harvard's Awesome Box Pilot Project.