Midwinter 2014 Minutes from Meeting
Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group
Meeting January 26, 2014
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Six persons attending.
-Leveled book systems and requests that libraries identify levels of books
- Teachers can level books in their classrooms.
- Some libraries put stickers on their books indicating levels.
- Some libraries separate books into different sections.
- Some libraries identify beginning chapter books.
- Some libraries identify early easy readers and harder easy readers.
- Would parent education be more worthwhile, rather than labeling?
- There is great value to displaying books.
-Changing up Dewey
- Some libraries categorize picture books.
- Other libraries are going Dewey-free and categorizing non-fiction using a bookstore model. One school library has decided to use the following categories (based on their collection) for their non-fiction holdings: Animals, Nature, People, Places, Holidays, STEM, Sports and Recreation, Crafts and Hobbies, History, Folklore - Poetry and Word Play, Transportation, and Miscellaneous (for things that don’t fit elsewhere!)
Getting staff up to speed with technology
- Set up competencies for staff.
- Prioritize what staff need to know.
- Develop a digital reward system when staff members complete different training. Motivate them to learn new things. Make this part of their evaluation.
- Pair staff with other staff members with different knowledge bases so they both can learn.
- Ask staff what they feel they need to learn; make sure people have access to the different devices.
- Emphasize KSAA: Knowledge, skills, ability AND attitude.
Tutors using and monopolizing space in the public library
- Limit the number of people who can work at any one table.
- Have a joint conference with schools to see if you can come up with solution.
- Have library offer tutoring.
Next conference suggestion: Arrange for a speaker to discuss a topic related to managing children’s services.
Carol K. Phillips, co-convenor
February 3, 2014