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22 August 2008 @ 11:24 am
I work at a Prek-12 English immursion school in Bolivia.  The alumni association recently asked the director of our school (who then brought the issue to me) of being extended library privileges.  The director asked that I come up with some of the issues surrounding the idea.  Basically we would be changing from a school library to a limited public library, of sorts.

Also, alumni who are also parents of current students are already allowed to use the library for themselves, or their children, and our library is the only English language library in town.

I have a short list of issues that occured to me.  Are there others?

I think this could be a positive move if things all go smoothly, but things rarely go smoothly.

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07 August 2008 @ 06:31 pm
Here is my situation. First year teacher and school librarian. I will have two elementary schools and I finally got to meet with one principal today and see the library. It's a nice big, attractive space (lots of windows, cool atrium ceiling. Here's the problem. The former librarian was horrible and basically just did what she could to get by (principal's words). The teachers were at the point where they didn't want to collaborate with her anymore or bring her kids into the library. The library itself is so uninviting, very outdated posters etc. Looks like it hasn't been weeded, ever. I asked about a collection analysis but I don't think that has ever been done. Oh yeah, I basically have no budget either since the principal was so displeased with the library program (I think my other boss, head of technology may give me some of his budget to help with this).

Oh, and it's flexible scheduling which is great. I didn't think it was. So now I have to bring these teachers back! And get them excited about the library etc. I guess it's good because I can only do a better job than she did, and the teachers will be happy to have someone new in there.

The first goal is to get the space rearranged, dusted/cleaned, weeded, and overall look more inviting. It's a huge ordeal I think. The lady didn't even clean out her desk, it's all her old stuff and papers in there (who does that?).

So I'm thinking I should do a collection analysis. Here's the problem though. I don't think they have a portable scanner. Has anyone done one without one? I don't actually know how to do one, my internship supervisor didn't have time to show me. I take it you scan in every single book in the library? It sounds difficult without a wireless scanner. Should I wait to do this later? But I'm going to be weeding out some books so now is the ideal time. The other issue though is that I probably wont have a login to the cataloging system until school starts. I guess I could weed and just keep the books separate and not delete them out until I do the collection analysis. Maybe I shouldn't even worry about one this year since I have little to no budget. It's not like I'll be able to improve the age of the collection all that significantly.

Any thoughts on this? Or tips on my situation in general? I haven't seen the other library and the same retired librarian had that school too so I'm sure the other library will need a lot of work also. I'm really feeling overwhelmed. The principal seems like he will be supportive though and I don't think I will have to collaborate with teachers w/in the first two weeks if we are getting the library ready (kids could check out books though).

Also, anyone on here with elementary schools and flexible scheduling?
05 August 2008 @ 07:51 am
Does anyone start their elementary classes off with a silly song that helps get the wiggles out of the kids and then they sit down for story time? I observed a librarian doing this, but I didn't think to write down the lyrics or ask here where it's from. I'm not sure if I want to do this or not, but it was cute.
New school media specialist here. I will have two elementary schools and I start August 21st, yikes. I was wondering what everyone does the first week or so for school? I don't know my schedule yet, but I take it the most I would see any one class is once a week.

I haven't gotten to meet with the principals yet or even see the libraries. I just found out which schools today (got hired last week). I have no idea if there are set policies in place. But how long do the kids check out books for? A week seems short, but wouldn't they have to bring back some books to check out new ones each week (if there is a limit that they can check out, which they should be). I guess my idea is a two week loan period, but if you want to check out books each week you'd have to bring some back before they are due. Would this make sense?

I'm going to be starting a new job in September, so I'm not sure exactly what I will be doing yet, but they mentioned that a big concern for the district was getting boys to read. I was thinking that doing a book talking project would be helpful with something like that, if maybe once a semester all students choose one book from the ones they had read and we can have a book talk writing workshop then record the book talks as podcasts. I think the podcasting part would really hook them in.

But I think if I were to make something structured like this I would need students to complete a reading log, and I know I could make my own, or get one offline, but I was thinking of how much I am addicted to SHELFARI haha and it might be fun for the kids to record their reading online somehow. Does anyone know of a site like shelfari, but just for kids, where one could make more of a private class database of books read. I suppose I could actually MAKE a DATABASE for it myself, but if there was some fun website out there to hook 3-5th grade that might be good.

Or even any sites where students can post book reviews.

If you have any ideas, or would like to share how you use reading logs, or get boys/older elem students to read, I would appreciate it. I don't really have it as a big problem at my current school, I'm not sure of the collection at the new school, that could be a factor I'm sure.
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Current Mood: rushedrushed
03 May 2008 @ 12:05 pm
So I'm interviewing again. I have been at my Job for two years, and it has been a real challenge, coming in to alot of drama that was there before and a schedule that made no sense and even an experienced Librarians would have trouble with...and me straight from Grad School.

but I survived year one, and I was was actually comfortable and confident in myself as an educator the second year, proud of how much I had learned, and how I someone survived the craziness of the past year...when I hear from my new principal on the sly to watch my back because the Board wants to save money and thinks an aide would work just as well as a certified Masters Degree Librarian.Read more...Collapse )

I've done to job fairs, and I believe between those, and job websites I've send out over 100 resumes. So please keep your fingers crossed for me!
31 March 2008 @ 10:39 pm
or least among the world of school libraries:


my library is the spotlight library of the month!

major snaps for me.
27 November 2007 @ 08:20 am
I work at a preK-12 English immersion school in Latin America.  In the past the librarians didn't do much to collect in Spanish, but my most recent predecessor believed (as do I) that there is a great value in representing both languages in the library.  I'm running into a little issue, however.  With bilingual books, where does it make the most sense to put them?  With the Spanish books?  The English books?  Or in thier own section, altogether?

If you could take a second, what kind of population do you serve, and where do you shelve your bilingual books (Spanish/English, or otherwise)?  Thanks!

(Similar xposted to  libraries)
07 August 2007 @ 07:02 pm
I'm thinking of starting a library blog at my school, with further participation (hopefully) in the future...maybe having teachers assign blog work as a writing tool, or subscribing to RSS feeds as a reading/current events thing, etc.

So, question.  Do any of you have school library blogs for your students' (or faculty's) consumption?  If so, what topics do you cover?  Have you run into any problems or snaffus?  Any other comments are welcome, too, of course!

12 July 2007 @ 04:53 pm
Two things I wanted to ask you all about...and they are related.

I jsut learned that I am to be teaching a pre-k class next year, and I'm really excited...But, as this is my second year I still don't really know what to teach K-5 let alone a Pre-K!

Does anyone else do a Pre-K class? What sort of activites do you do with them? Do you let them check out books?

Also, Iw ant to bring in some music to the library. What are some of your favorite CDs or songs you use as part of your routines. Really, what is your routine altogether? I feel like I am starting my first year all over again lol!