[Library Media] Library girl - this guy's perspective

Luanne Olson_media olson at alpinedistrict.org
Fri Dec 20 07:52:41 MST 2013

It is essential that we maintain the focus of our purpose in the library.
We are teaching skills to educate students to be life long learners.  The
skills they learn transfer to life--other libraries and learning
environments.  Elementary and secondary students are learning basic
research and information skills.  They are emerging readers.  Don't confuse
them with "specialty" collection trends.  Assist them to identify and
locate what they need.  A library collection becomes fragmented with
"pull-out" sections.  It is my experience that a well maintained and
organized library collection is the best for students.

On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 6:45 AM, Bill Goodrich <bgoodrich at dcsd.org> wrote:

> We need to do what is best for the kids.  What does abandoning Dewey do
> for kids that are going to college?  Do we leave Dewey just to creat
> temporary momentum and excitement?  If we shelf by genre do kids get in a
> rut and never experience anything new?
> In popular culture there is so much of jumping on every band wagon that
> comes by that we don't stop to consider the wisdom of those that have been
> on the trail for centuries.  I may just wait to see if this trend is still
> popular in a year or two.
> On Thursday, December 19, 2013, Emily Davenport_fms wrote:
>> There is so much crossover these days I can't imagine trying to shelve
>> fiction by genre.
>> On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM, Heather Tomlinson <
>> htomlinson at mountainvilleacademy.org> wrote:
>> I agree - Dewey is much too useful to abandon...
>> However - I'm with James Wilson (previous message thread) who asked if
>> any of you have decided to organize fiction by genre.  How did it go?  Are
>> you glad you did it?  Any pointers for anyone else considering it?
>> I'm in a K-9 school, and have divided the library into two sections.  One
>> for everyone (K-9, but focused on K-2) and one for 3-9 only.  I think genre
>> shelving could be VERY useful for the older fiction section.  BUT, then I
>> think about logistics: multi genre books?  labeling books (in the catalog
>> and on the spine)?  library volunteers who already struggle with two
>> fiction sections (even adults...)?
>> On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Joseph Nielsen <
>> Joseph.Nielsen at slcschools.org> wrote:
>>  It is entirely possible that the posting of this article came at a bad
>> time for people to respond. I know I am having brain overload and working
>> on mega doses of caffeine right now. (Ever tried putting a chunk of baking
>> cocoa on your mouth and using Jolt Cola to slowly melt it? That will make
>> you wired higher than Calvin & Hobbes.) So don’t get too bent out of shape
>> when the replies slowly trickle in.
>> And I agree with Marianne Bates, if your Principal doesn’t have a clue
>> about what you do, you have no one to blame but yourself (unless your
>> administrator is just totally clueless).
>> But I’m not so sure that I see huge value in abandoning Dewey. Having
>> worked in one of Utah’s largest independent retail bookstores for 8 years
>> before becoming a librarian, I can tell you that genres are very arbitrary,
>> can be very difficult to assign, and sometimes so large as to be
>> overwhelming. Take, for instance, one of my favorite books to read to 5thgraders who are studying American History, “Mountain Man, the story of Hugh
>> Glass.” It is written as fiction, but his experience and all the principle
>> events described in the book are firmly established as historical facts.
>> It’s the details that were created to tell the story. So do you classify it
>> as Historical, Biographical, or Western? Do you use Explorers, Mountain
>> Men, or US  History? And since it does tell the story of an historical
>> event – do you perhaps even put it in Non-fiction, as I have seen some
>> catalogs do? Any one of those classifications could be overwhelming in size.
>> The whole idea of Dewey is to be genre oriented, Mammals have their
>> place, Weather has its place, Fairy tales, and Myths are separated between
>> the 200’s and the 300’s. If you are worried about whether a book is in the
>> right place you can decide for yourself how you want to align the
>> classification of Dewey to fit your library and your readers. There is no
>> governing body that is going to come to your library and condemn, or down
>> grade it just because you chose to put the book about the movie Dinosaur
>> under 781 instead of 567 where the CIP put it. Make your own choices and
>> decide these things for yourself.
>> And all this comes with the added bonus of helping students learn to use
>> decimals.
>> Emily Davenport
>> Teacher Librarian
>> Frontier Middle School
>> 801-610-8777 x759
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> Bill Goodrich
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Luanne Olson
Director of Instructional Media
Alpine School District
759 East Pacific Drive
American Fork, UT 84003
olson at alpinedistrict.org
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