This is one of those discoveries that gets me all excited and then almost as quickly I’m deflated.
“This is Awesome.”
“I don’t have time for more projects.”
Then as I look closer, the air begins to seep back into my balloon as I realize that this place is a refueling stop, a routine ‘enhancer’.
The Elementary Library Routines wiki is a constantly updated collection of very nicely organized ideas and plans for elementary school libraries. Under broad headings: Routines, Administration, Curriculum, Promotion & Misc is a plethora of tips, tools and tricks that a current total of 1232 library people share with the rest of us.
This is a place to fine-tune what you already do in the library and get ideas that convince you to drop something you’re already doing, because a new
idea is so much better.
Traditional Style Rainstick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m going to look for a rain stick based on ideas shared on the ‘Attention Signals’ page and in the meantime might try using a little ceramic bell I have instead of my voice for the “time to put cushions away and line up” warning. I like the idea of using a soft sound like the rain stick.
There are some great printables under ‘Brochures and Bookmarks” and some good advice on computer management in ‘Computers and Laptops’.
I’ve only just begun to explore these resources and have added it to my favourite sites on my school library website profile. If you find something useful there, please share it in the comments, so that I’ll be sure not to miss it.
In ’30-second Thought Leadership’ videos, which you can view at the AASL website, five professional school librarians share their answers to the question,
“What one traditional activity should school librarians stop doing in order to increase time for strategic activities (collaboration, co-teaching, professional development, advocacy)?”
Always full shelving cart
Their inaugural monthly theme addresses solo-librarians, so according to these speakers, if you are managing a school library on your own, you should not be doing the following:
- original cataloging – purchase records or download for free
- maintaining a card catalog shelf list
- writing vendor, cost & date of purchase in the front of books
- annual inventory
- any clerical and administrative tasks should be put off as long as there is opportunity to help students and teachers
- create tip cards to hand out rather than repeating tasks (technology services)
What we should not stop doing according to Helen Adams, former school librarian and technology coordinator in Wisconsin is being diligent in protecting students’ intellectual freedom.
One of the things that I’ve stopped doing is decorating bulletin boards. Before renovations I had eight bulletin boards in my library that a dozen years ago I tried to change monthly! That of course dwindled to the point where only one or two were changed seasonally and the rest may have received minor updates during the year resulting in what I felt were fairly tacky-looking walls. I now only have two: one in the entry and one in ‘Easy Street’ (the K-2 section) and I get a high school student to decorate them whenever possible.
A popular Caught Reading bulletin board that should have got more attention
BTW: If I were playing on this blog during my work day it is definitely something I should stop doing. I actually write the posts at home because when I get home from work I seldom have any energy left for anything but playing on the ‘net. Sometimes I hit ‘Publish’ during the day to space out the posts.
I’m curious. What tasks have fallen by the wayside as you try to manage your library and provide the best services to your staff and students? Is there anything that you think you should let go of but haven’t been able to?