I haven’t had time to do much in the way of transitioning away from Dewey since the beginning of the school year, other than thinking about it. And I’ve thought about it a lot. I have some goals for this summer. So, as of now, we have our chapter books organized by genre and that’s all.
First up, is working on signs. I still have sheets of paper taped to the shelves from August. The way I’m doing it is a bit tedious, but I think it’s going to look great when I’m done.
I also want to figure out what to do with the 398s. Thoughts?
Finally, I’m going to redo our Reference collection. There’ll be lots of weeding and moving books to the NF collection.
I hope I can post some pictures in the next few weeks as classes end and I take off my teacher hat and put on the librarian one.
there needs to be some kind of workshop or something to teach kids how to use reference materials, and the like because, even in the age of the internet, thats not going away.
I think research skills are probably part of each state’s standards. That’s certainly true in Georgia. Here are some standards for fifth grade students:
Holy crap, I need a reference section. For kids, for teachers. Constantly. Wed be screwed w/out ours.
Just curious what level school you’re in. I’m in an elementary school. We do research and teach reference skills, but students rarely use the print encyclopedias. Each student has a Netbook and they use online resources. As for the other books in the reference section, they’re used even less often. Students would check them out if they could, but they’re not used how they might have been when I was a student in elementary school.
Do we even need a Reference Section? I’ve asked myself that several times this year. Our reference collection consists of three sets of encyclopedias, a set each of dictionaries and thesauruses, about 50ish nonfiction texts, a huge unabridged dictionary, and an equally huge atlas.
There’s one book about birds that will play the bird’s call. Kids ask about checking that one out sometimes and I always wonder why I say no. For the most part, I’m a rule follower. I assume there’s usually a good reason for a rule. Reference books don’t circulate. That’s the rule. But sometimes rules need rethinking.
What do you think? Do we need Reference Sections? If so, should those books circulate outside the library?