Day 4 is upon us and late last night I got an email from my principal saying it was OK to keep the library closed next week. That made me feel a lot better about the process and not so overwhelmed.
Today was all about finishing figuring out where all the books go. Thanks to some great parent volunteers, an ex student who came back before school started (CHS had a delayed opening) and my amazing aide Michelle we were able to finish the process by around 11:00 am.
It was so odd to see the entire fiction area with no books.
Next up was putting the books back on the shelves. After some thinking and consulting some of my students, I decided to go with the idea of similar topics going next to one another. So Realistic Fiction is next YA and then Romance will come next. I then needed to figure out which section to put first, after to put first and after careful consultation with my top reader in the school it was decided that Realistic Fiction should be the first area in the fiction section.
Next, we needed to put all the Realistic Fictions books in alphabetical order by authors last name and put them back onto the shelves. But before we did this, we needed to make sure to change the location in the OPAC. Thanks to Destiny we were able to do a Batch Update so I decided to change the Prefixes to show where they are now located. This way all the Realistic Fictions say FIC(Realistic) and then the first three letters of the authors last name. Being able to just scan the book put it on the shelves and then hit batch update made things so much easier!
Today we got all of the Realistic Fiction area on the shelves and part of the YA area. We still have a long way to go but I see the end in sight. I am exhausted and really did not take into account the fact that I now need to go trick or treating with my son. Ugh! At least I can steal some of his candy!!
Tomorrow will be all about scanning the books and putting them back on the shelves! I can't wait to see how much we get done tomorrow!
Elissa Malespina is the Middle School Teacher Librarian in Somerville and a Presenter, Author and much more. The views are my own. Find my full resume above.