Last week I wrote about how our elementary library collection is going through a major transformation. In the post, We Spiced Up The Shelves....And Ditched The Dewey, I told all about how we have moved away from being organized by the Dewey Decimal System to a nonfiction collection organized by subjects.
So far we have the nonfiction collection organized into 90 different subjects and subtopics. You can see the list in the NEW Van Meter Library Nonfiction Arrangement Google Doc. Please feel free to use and share this list.
Book-Stops Section Markers from DEMCO. We ordered enough for over 100 different subjects and subtopics, because we know our collection and needs will change.
We are still trying out the placement of a few of the markers. As you can see in the picture above, we can put the marker at the beginning of each shelf in front of the first subtopic or right after the first subtopic. It does make the books stand up better on the shelf having the marker come after, but I just do not want to confuse the little ones.
What were we going to do with the spine of the books? What were we going to do with the Dewey Decimal call number label? How are we were going to mark which subtopic each book belonged to?
Diana and I decided to cover the Dewey Decimal call number label up with a rectangular white label.
At the bottom of each spine, there will be a dot or set of dots that will match that on the book-stop section marker. Do you all remember the big craze of marking library books with those little colored dots for the different AR levels? Well, Di just happened to keep all of those tiny little dot stickers so we used those and other larger ones too. For example, there is a tiny orange dot on all of the books about natural disasters and there is a tiny orange dot on the marker as well....right under the words "Natural Disasters."
Mackin VIA. I am working with them on this part of the project.
I really love Diana's idea about marking the books in two ways. I think this will give the little ones a really easy way to find the book category they are looking for. It will also be nice for getting the books back on the shelf in the right location.
I just love how organized the nonfiction is now and cannot wait to show this off to our school community on Monday night at Van Meter's Back To School Night.
She will be finishing up the nonfiction Monday and then we will be ready to go into the fiction collection. We had some really great conversations about this last week. We have decided to leave the fiction together and organize it according to the different genres.
A few of the genre categories that we will have are: Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Historical Fiction, and Sports. These will be marked on the shelves with a large sign upon each area and also a genre label at the top of each books spine. We will be leaving the call number label on the fiction books so they can still be alphabetical within each genre area and found easily on the shelves.
We are also going to put all of the Series together and organize the Biographies by subjects.
added eBooks to our collection with Mackin VIA and over 350 titles.
We have added different technology such as iPads, tablets, iTouches, iMac's, a document camera, projector, Flip cameras and digital cameras. We have connected with hundreds of other children, teachers, and authors around the world and even added a new teacher librarian, John Schu, who happens to live over 300 miles away (John is who I plan, teach, and collaborate with....it has definitely changed the way we both teach.)
A new shelf and drop boxes were built and fun spaces and displays were created for reading, learning, collaborating, and creating.
But most of all, the libraries changed because we all have been thinking differently over the last six years. We think about what is important to our young people and how we can give them the most incredible experiences at school that we can. We want them to be the best people they can be and make a difference in the their lives and the lives of others. We are encouraged and pushed to use innovative approaches and let our students be the teachers, along with us being learners. We look for ways to bring the world into the four walls of our school and into the library and classrooms.
Changing the collection like we are is one more example of how our young people will connect to learning, literature, and experiences like they haven't before.
And I am excited to see what a difference this will create within our library, school and the ones we care about at Van Meter.