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Midwinter 2014 Minutes from Meeting

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group

Meeting January 26, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Six persons attending.

 

Discussions:

-Leveled book systems and requests that libraries identify levels of books

  1. Teachers can level books in their classrooms.
  2. Some libraries put stickers on their books indicating levels.
  3. Some libraries separate books into different sections.
  4. Some libraries identify beginning chapter books.
  5. Some libraries identify early easy readers and harder easy readers.
  6. Would parent education be more worthwhile, rather than labeling?
  7. 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.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Carol K. Phillips, co-convenor

February 3, 2014