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Old 10-10-2015, 06:39 AM
 
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HELP! Sadly due to budget cuts our school librarian position was cut several years ago! An aide has been running the library without help. I am now the new aide. The books are all over for various reasons, the school is K-3. Originally the books were AR level by author but not in any order just all the A's took together but in no order. As an example, The Bernstein Bears ,Clifford,Franklin were on three different book shelves all spread out! It looks as if there was a section for different authors series and there are bins for popular series. Where do I start organizing these books and series?


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I am sorry you are left with this mess. This was my issue three years ago. First, you need to think about how the students use the library, then you can examine what would best work organizing the materials. For example, I have General ED class and SDC (special day classes). I organized the books by using a large bin that holds nine buckets, in these according to color (red easiest, then blue, finally green, I only go up to green because past this the students are well advanced and they know where to look for books), I put in the books that are part of that level and they can take their reading count test on. However, in the front area my books are set up in alphabetical order and by Dewey, at least for now. I might have a Pigeon RC book in the bin,but I also have a few Pigeon books shelved under W FIC for Williams. I do the same for the series of books you mentioned above. My students know that the books in the bins are books they can take test on and the books on the shelves, if there is a color strip on them, they can take a test and the rest are just for fun. My students love this it is easy for them to get their test book and then fun book.

First, see how the students use the library and then upon elevation decide how best to serve your students with the AR reading system and I feel organization will come easily to you.

Good luck I hope it all works out for you and your students.
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