Friday, March 24, 2017

Genrefying: What do you think?

Once a year all the school library media specialists get together to discuss the latest and greatest in library and technology innovations. This gathering is held annually by the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA), and I have attended a dozen times now. Every year I come back with great new things to try in my library / classroom and to tell my fellow teachers about.

One session I went to at this year's conference (and I heard mentioned at the past few conferences) was the idea of reorganizing the library fiction section by genre instead of having one large fiction section organized by author's last name. Now as an educator, an adult, and a somewhat type A personality, I was leery of doing this because change is hard to adjust to. But, this particular conference session reinforced the point about making it about the students. What would the students find beneficial? What would help them find fiction books that they were interested in? What would make sense to help a student find a read-a-like if the book they want is out?

All of these questions where swirling in my mind as I drove home form the Dells on Tuesday afternoon and this is the decision I made -- I need to ask what my library users want!

Please take THIS SURVEY before May 1st to give feedback on what you think of the idea of genrefying one or all of our school libraries. Thank you in advance for all the great feedback!

If you have any questions about this process, you can contact me via email anytime aolson[at] DFTBA!

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