After a long day of scanning book and figuring out what genre they go into I realized that I don't think I am going to get this done in a week. I just sent the following email to my supervisor and principal asking for more time (my wave the white flag moment):
It has been an amazingly busy week in the library and we have gotten so much accomplished but we still have a lot more to go. For a detailed account on what we have done check out my blog where I have been posting daily updates on the progress. http://www.elissamalespina.com/thoughts-on-technology---blog.html
I do think I may have been a little to optimistic about being done with the project in a week. I don't have anyone scheduled for the library next Monday and Wednesday because it is a short week, can I please stay closed those two days? I think having that extra time will allow the entire project to get done correctly. If I finished earlier then I promise I will open it up sooner.
I am sorry I did not do a better job with the estimate.
Let me know your thoughts on this request.
Hopefully they will allow me to keep the library closed next week to get this project done. If they do may actually get to see my family this weekend instead of the fiction area that I have come to know and love so much over the past few weeks :-)
Today we got all but one set of book shelves cleared out and put stickers on all of those books. We have one more set of bookshelves left to clear out along with the New Book Display and then we should be ready to start scanning and putting books back.
I got into a really interesting discussion with a parent volunteer today who suggested that I maybe mix up where I put the books to make it more of the retail model of placement. For example, instead of putting the science fiction next to the fantasy - because they sort of blend together- I put them maybe across from one another or in different locations so it forces the children to look at other books. What are your thoughts?
My original thinking was to group the books that following way:
Tomorrow is all about finishing putting books in the correct place and starting to put books back on the shelves....
Once again I need to thank my amazing parent volunteers and my aide Michelle. Without them I could not do this.
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