[library-media] Librarian brain power

Debbie Naylor dnaylor at alpine.k12.ut.us
Tue Dec 1 13:29:47 MST 2009

Orderly to me means having all the barcodes on the outside of the book
so inventory can be done more quickly and even checkout is done more
quickly.  Orderliness also effects the library cataloging allowing
patrons to find information more quickly and efficiently.  

Debbie Naylor
Library Teacher
Lehi High School
180 North 500 East
Lehi, UT,  84043
801-768-7000 X337

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."  Louisa May

>>> "Jeri Albrecht" <jeraldene.albrecht at jordan.k12.ut.us> 12/1/2009
12:31 PM >>>

I second Susan’s opinion about it being essential to have an orderly
library. Getting my library in order these last 2 ½ years has been a
real challenge, but rewarding. The library usage has increased
dramatically, I feel part of the success is because it now looks and
feels like a library. Students and teachers alike comment on how easy it
is to find materials they need and how the whole environment of the
media center has changed. Cleaning house to get an orderly library is
not the easiest task to tackle but it has increased our work efficiency
and ease in finding those resources you need in a timely manner. 


Jeri Albrecht 

Librarian Teacher 

Bingham High School 



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[mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Susan Huff
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 9:30 AM
To: Cindy Mitchell
Cc: library-media at lists.uen.org
Subject: Re: [library-media] Librarian brain power 

I think it is essential.  I have literally been in hundreds of libraries
across the United States when I trained for Dynix.  I have been in the
majority of the libraries in Jordan/Canyons districts.  It has
especially been revealing when working with elementary libraries that
vary from OCD clean and orderly to dusty, sticky, cluttered. 

A well ordered library with engaging displays and plenty of lighting is
much more conducive to leisurely browsing as well as intense
researching.  There is just a totally different feeling walking into an
orderly environment. 

I do think orderliness can be taken to an absurd extreme, however.  I
remember a librarian many years ago at West High School that actually
bragged that she had spent two whole years re-doing all her call
numbers.  Every call number in the collection was the same size and
started EXACTLY one inch from the bottom of the book.  I was appalled
that all the activities she could have been promoting to increase
information literacy and the love of literature had been sacrificed for
such a ridiculous end.

It is sort of like going to someones house for dinner.  If the house is
a complete disaster, your appetite can be severely affected. 

2009/12/1 Cindy Mitchell <cindy.mitchell at jordan.k12.ut.us (
mailto:cindy.mitchell at jordan..k12.ut.us )> 

Good Morning Everyone -

I am doing some research and have decided to pick your collective brains
 – for two reasons.  First – you are some of the smartest people I know.
 Secondly, because I know you are passionate about libraries...  So –
for the next while I will be sending out a topic or two.  Please respond
with what you think this particular item mean towards being a great
librarian.  I am really looking for the details that you encounter every
day that brings that issue into focus in your library.  What does this
item mean to you as being part of being a great librarian? How do you
address this topic in order to have a great library? What do you have to
do in order to achieve this goal?

Today’s topic:

Maintaining an Orderly Library

Send you thoughts – THANKS!

-- Cindy Mitchell
South Jordan Middle School
10245 S 2700 W
South Jordan UT 84095
FAX 801-412-2930 

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