This week I have been checking in with the parent volunteers to get feedback about our new organization. The veteran mothers are enjoying the new layout and feel they are able to reshelve the books much quicker. They say if is much easier to shelve books by genre, using the stickers on the spines. The new parent volunteers are learning how to do the job quickly. It is making sense to them and easy to follow. Overall, parent feedback is quite positive.
The next step in creating a student centered library is to give the students the ability to check out their own books! Who doesn't love using that barcode scanner?! A parent volunteer will oversee the computer to make sure the students understand how to do it and that it is being done correctly. We started today!!!
The students are learning Destiny as well as our new genre layout. We found a good use for the iPad 1's. Destiny has the Destiny Quest app that works on them. We have put them all around the library calling them iLook Stations.
The students were excited with the new layout and thought it made sense. They liked having control of their library. This quick video was shown to spark their interest. What genres would you visit? An important point! I told the students that many books land in many genres. We did our best to think like a student and decide based on where we thought they would look for it. I told them that if they find a book in a genre that they don't agree with, come see me to discuss it. If we both agree it should be moved, we will change the sticker and move the book. I'm pleased to report that they are doing just that!!
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We are back to school and ready to pick up where we left off. Signage!!! Everything seems to be in a good place for now, but we need to put signs up everywhere so students can become independent.
Ivy Hill closed for the summer and I was not able to go in to continue my work. We have decided to use Destiny this year instead of Alexandria, so I have some things to learn. I'm confident that students will be able to find books, but concerned about adults finding specific books. How will they look up a book and know where it is in the library or what genre it is? Here are my next steps:
Many categories will have both fiction and informational text on the shelf. An example is sports books. I've decided to place the fiction books first on the shelf and then the informational text books. I'm hoping this will expose students to different types of reading within their subject of interest. Shelving should be simple. Follow the sticker to the area, then place fiction books in alphabetical order and informational text in Dewey Decimal order.
I took all the books I had placed stickers on and put them on top of the shelves. I clustered them into their genres so I could visually see how many books I had in each genre. This was an interested exercise. It showed me what genres had very little books in them and those that were huge! This will help me when ordering for next year.
Once I could see how large the collection was by genre, I made decisions on where they would go. I chose to place the most popular genres in visible areas and less popular within the aisles. I'm sure I will do some rearranging once the we are open and I can see the traffic flow.
I decided to begin the process while the students were still in school. May is the month where we are tracking down books and setting a deadline for them to be returned. I used this opportunity to begin inventorying everything returned and put genre stickers on the Fiction books. Instead of taking all the books off the shelf, I decided to sit in a chair on rollers and move down the aisles placing genre stickers on the book spines. I tried to place them at the top of the spine unless it covered the title.
I pulled out some nonfiction books that I wanted to put in their own category. Sports, poetry, pets were some of the new categories I created from nonfiction. I pulled them off the shelves and had parent volunteers place those stickers on the spines.
I left the E books in their own area untouched, but worked with the chapter books first. Once the stickers were on all the books, it was time to move them off the shelves.
I decided what genre stickers I needed to order. These would be the categories where books would be shelved. This list was definitely made in pencil because as I began the sorting books, I would realize I needed another category or could combine two. I ordered most of my stickers from The Library Story and Demco, but also made a few of my own using the printer.