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I can’t believe it’s only a month away! So excited!

I’m a librarian. That’s my J-O-B.

The people who made this video, Flocabulary, are looking for real librarians to feature in their next video for Ode to Librarians. In my circle, I’m known as a quite talented silent rapper. This is probably going to eat up quite a bit of free time in the next few weeks. 5% filming, 95% editing.

windycitylibrarian:

leftyjenkins:

Seeing this tweet did help me think about this problem a little differently. There are definitely worse problems than having kids not return books at the end of the year. On the other hand, at $20 a pop…

Well, if I knew that the kids were keeping the books because they really loved them, as opposed to losing the books due to carelessness….

I totally agree. Although, given the fact that I’ve tried everything under the moon to get books back every year, might as well look for some silver lining. 

Maybe one of these books will be discovered later, under the couch and covered in dust, and maybe… just maybe someone will read it. 

We’ve only got about 120 books overdue at the moment. If I get half of those back, I’ll be thrilled. Still, the cost of replacing 60 books, will easily be $750.

Seeing this tweet did help me think about this problem a little differently. There are definitely worse problems than having kids not return books at the end of the year. On the other hand, at $20 a pop…

Finally starting to work on signs in my library. I’m using trifold display boards.

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.

laughing-rabbit replied to your post: glitterinthevein answered your question: …

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:

  • ELACC5RI7: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
  • ELACC5RI9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • ELACC5W7: Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. 
  • ELACC5W8: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources. 
  • ELACC5W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

I agree that printed text will stick around and that students need experience using printed text for research purposes. I guess what I was getting at was more about where books should be located, whether or not they should be circulated outside the library, and how much is enough. I think I’ll probably keep two sets of encyclopedias and either A) move other books to their normal home in the nonfiction section or B) leave them in the Reference Section, but allow students to check them out.