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Collection Analysis Question 
7th-Aug-2008 06:22 pm
Here is my situation. First year teacher and school librarian. I will have two elementary schools and I finally got to meet with one principal today and see the library. It's a nice big, attractive space (lots of windows, cool atrium ceiling. Here's the problem. The former librarian was horrible and basically just did what she could to get by (principal's words). The teachers were at the point where they didn't want to collaborate with her anymore or bring her kids into the library. The library itself is so uninviting, very outdated posters etc. Looks like it hasn't been weeded, ever. I asked about a collection analysis but I don't think that has ever been done. Oh yeah, I basically have no budget either since the principal was so displeased with the library program (I think my other boss, head of technology may give me some of his budget to help with this).

Oh, and it's flexible scheduling which is great. I didn't think it was. So now I have to bring these teachers back! And get them excited about the library etc. I guess it's good because I can only do a better job than she did, and the teachers will be happy to have someone new in there.

The first goal is to get the space rearranged, dusted/cleaned, weeded, and overall look more inviting. It's a huge ordeal I think. The lady didn't even clean out her desk, it's all her old stuff and papers in there (who does that?).

So I'm thinking I should do a collection analysis. Here's the problem though. I don't think they have a portable scanner. Has anyone done one without one? I don't actually know how to do one, my internship supervisor didn't have time to show me. I take it you scan in every single book in the library? It sounds difficult without a wireless scanner. Should I wait to do this later? But I'm going to be weeding out some books so now is the ideal time. The other issue though is that I probably wont have a login to the cataloging system until school starts. I guess I could weed and just keep the books separate and not delete them out until I do the collection analysis. Maybe I shouldn't even worry about one this year since I have little to no budget. It's not like I'll be able to improve the age of the collection all that significantly.

Any thoughts on this? Or tips on my situation in general? I haven't seen the other library and the same retired librarian had that school too so I'm sure the other library will need a lot of work also. I'm really feeling overwhelmed. The principal seems like he will be supportive though and I don't think I will have to collaborate with teachers w/in the first two weeks if we are getting the library ready (kids could check out books though).

Also, anyone on here with elementary schools and flexible scheduling?
Comments 
10th-Aug-2008 08:40 pm (UTC) - Collection Analysis
If your collection is automated (has barcodes) Follett will do this for you. Even if they're not your vendor pretend you're interested in them as one. Just call them (web page at titlewave.com) and find their number. Call and ask to speak with your sales rep (it's done by location) and they may just transfer you to voicemail. Explain your situation, new librarian. Getting budget information from the district, but before you place any orders you need to submit your collection for analysis.

Your sales rep will visit your library(ies) and help you electronically submit your collection and even go over the results with you. If you make a titlewave account you can even view the results from home whenever you need them.
11th-Aug-2008 04:00 pm (UTC) - Re: Collection Analysis
Actually Follett is a very good vendor. My main source is Bound to Stay Bound but Follett is a close second. I love their covers - they're very colorful and bright but their spines are so narrow it's hard to read the spine labels.

If you do call your Follett rep ask for their posters. They have fantabulous posters of Newbery, Caldecott, & Coretta Scott King Award winners and they're free. They're great to post around the library especially if you do a unit on award books. My fifth grade language arts teachers always asks for the old ones to post in her room.
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