[library-media] library-media Digest, Vol 28, Issue 3

Bates, Marianne Marianne.Bates at canyonsdistrict.org
Wed Dec 2 11:37:09 MST 2009

My first library job was a part time aide job at the school where I currently work.  My first year, the new librarian at the school did a number of things to
make the library more orderly and welcoming.  All the paperbacks in the library had been consigned to "Paperback shelves" where they were not sorted
in any way, except that they were a paperback.   Leah Funk, the librarian, spent a year rearranging the library, so the fiction books (hardback and paperback)
were more accessibile to the students.  She put up posters, used book fair and teacher money to create displays, begged for some soft chairs for the library--all
with the final goal of making the library a warm and comfortable place to come where students wanted to come and a place where they could  find what they were looking for.  
I heard that the year before there had been times when the lights were off in the library during the school day, so it was a dramatic change.

I think attractive posters, bulletin boards, and displays help to add to library "atmosphere."  In the last few years, we have added a computer lab and couches
which also brings students into the library.  After they come in the library, I agree with Fawn, we have to be able to help them find the books and information, or we may lose our
only chance!  Order helps us be efficient!

Marianne F. Bates
Library-Media Teacher
Albion Middle School Library
marianne.bates at canyonsdistrict.org

2755 East Newcastle Drive
Sandy, UT  84093
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"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads."
                                             –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading:  Ghost in the Machine
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