The Work Begins
Genre vs. Dewey Collections
This library has not had a certified librarian in a number of years. Overall the collection is in good shape but needs more books that reflect the interests and culture of my students. You know I'm ordering Corretta Scott King and Pura Belpre Award winning books along with popular leisure reading books to jumpstart my readers this year. One thing that frustrated the sheer heck out of me was the fiction collection was organized by genre and not by the Dewey Decimal System. I will share the same comments here that I recently made on my Instagram page.
The Dewey Debate,' where she eloquently presented both sides of this argument. I read it and realized that I have partially organized my collection in the past by genre. For example, I have shelved all of the Street Literature, Graphic Novels and Anime/Manga books together and in their own bookcase. I think that is ok, seriously....(please don't call me a hypocrite!) In my opinion, when the entire collection, including the non-fiction section of the the library collection is organized by genre, it just does not benefit students in the long run. There is no transfer of knowledge when they are promoted or transfer to a middle school or high school where the collection is organized by Dewey. Can you image a student asking their school librarian where are the, 'Drama Books,' located? Now this student must learn the Dewey Decimal system, 'on the fly,' in order to search for the book that they want. I can already see that some of my students will be frustrated with this fast paced method.
TeachingBooks.net, Good Reads and Book Browse. All have a 'related-booklist' or 'read-alike- database embedded in their websites.
Tracking the Number of Books Read by Students
|That's one heavy circulation desk!|
In past years, the teachers were putting a short piece of painter's tape across the back of the book and writing the name of the child who checked out the book, the date and how many pages they have read each day. This was done in the absence of a librarian who could have provided a simple print out of books from Follett Destiny Circulation System that were checked out by the student. To track books read by the students either Beanstack.org or Biblionasium.com could be used. This is going to be a challenge for some of the teachers because they are adopting a new norm (or one they decide to use independently) and saying goodbye to one that has been used for quite some time. It has to be done or I will be receiving books from students that will look like the one below. Properly taking care of library books is the expectation I have of my students.
|Writing on books.....No Way!|
I hope you are enjoying my adventures working in a new school library I think you would agree, with every school, there are different challenges, victories and adventures. Overall, it's all good because my love for libraries is infectious and I hope my students, the teachers I work with and parents will recognize this rather than the look of shock on my face when I see something I've never seen before. Until next time!