AASL (The American Association of School Librarians) Division
Although I've been a member of the ALA and AASL for two years, this is the first time I've taken advantage of these forums. I will be leaving my current position in six weeks and moving to a different school library. I found out yesterday that there is no plan to replace my Media Specialist position, but the library will still exist. Has anyone prepared a collection for this? Does anyone have some advice I can use to put my remaining time toward something meaningful besides just a final inventory?
Thank you in advance for your answers and insight.
John E. Byrnes
Media and Technology Integration Specialist 7-12, St. Peter Middle and High School, St. Peter, MN
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Working on an assignment for a class. I am curious how others catalog and shelve graphic novels. I am working at a K-8 as a teacher librarian and we have a collection that spans, content wise, from innocent to vivid. I am wanting to honor Ranganathan by getting the right book to the right reader so I am not sure where is best. What do you think?
"Remember, this is a format that embodies a wide range of material already being collected in school libraries, from biographies and other nonfiction, to adventure, fantasy, science fiction, contemporary realism, and historical fiction. Viewing the professional literature alongside the display, colleagues will begin to think about how they can capitalize on students' interest in graphic novels to further curricular goals related to visual literacy, media criticism, and nontextual information, as well as their potential for use with nontraditional learners, including students with some types of cognitive disabilities and those learning English."
Rudiger, H. M., & Schliesman, M. (2007). Graphic novels and school libraries. Knowledge Quest, 36(2), 57-59. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.bianca.penlib.du.edu/docview/194730792?acco...
Thanks for your responses.
I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day. I am trying to think outside of the box and think of what kind of daily class I can turn library into. I have 45 minutes with classes ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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