We have finally made it! Moving day! Well, really, it's more like moving 2 WEEKS when you have over 3,000 books to move and still have classes and teachers needing you as well! The move is pretty physically demanding, so I'm trying to stick with moving 2 to 3 sections every day. I believe by the end of next week, I'll be DONE!
It's all worth it though? You know what's happening right now? I have some of our special resource students here in the library, and one of their aids just approached me and said, "Where are your animal books?" Well, I've already moved that section.
If you have read my past posts, you will know that I am planning on having nonfiction live just on the one long wall in the back of the library. All the other lower shelves will be knocked out eventually. I have organized this long wall into bigger overarching genres and then their specific genres.
For example, we have "The Arts." In this overarching genre are two smaller genres: Performing Arts and Visual Arts & Fashion. All of the overarching and subgenres are as follows:
-Visual Arts & Fashion
-Criticism & Essays
-Mythology & Legends
-Animals & Nature
-Health & Psychology
-Science & Invention
-Government & Economics
-Social & Cultural Issues
-Nutrition & Food
-Vehicles & Transportation
Putting aside the "Other" genres that are going on the opposite wall, all of these overarching genres and sub-genres will be placed along the wall exactly like I listed above. The overarching genres are in alphabetical order as are the sub-genres inside of them. I didn't want to just put the sub-genres in alphabetical order because I wanted subjects to be with each other. That's the point of all this, right?!
So here's where I started. As you can see, I started with "The Arts," specifically "Performing Arts." Lucky for me, the shelves I was putting all those books are were completely empty! Why? Well, there was a giant low bookshelf in the way I no longer needed. Called up our AMAZING maintenance staff and ta-da! Bookshelf GONE!
The area is SO MUCH MORE open and inviting now. The carpet is still being glued down, and I don't even care that it doesn't match! Better to have that bookshelf gone. Our maintaining crew asked, "What are you going to do with all this space?" Nothing. Just allow kids to actually get to these bookshelves now!
Another big hiccup came was one I knew I would encounter. Halfway through my stickering process, I realized I wasn't fully separating out "Health and Psychology" from "Science and Invention." As a band-aid for the moment, I just switched everything over to Science and Invention. So now that I was in the move, I decided to switch it back out and properly tag everything. However, the easiest way I found to do this was to delete everything out of Science and Invention and re-scan everything into the proper copy category and sublocation.
While this set my back a bit, the process actually wasn't too bad with the help of my library tech. She re-stickered EVERYTHING to Health & Psychology while I scanned everything back in properly. I was glad we put in the effort to make this switch though!
Overall, here's where we stand. . . . .
Doesn't it look so pretty? Almost a year's worth of work is starting to pay off now. About halfway done with the move, and I'm hoping the second half we can knock out next week, just enjoying the beauty of it all our last week of school!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past five years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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