Morton Library Journal
Behind the Scenes
If we are lucky and have nothing else pressing we are shelving. The books just don't magically reappear on the shelves. As much as we dream and wish they magically placed themselves in the proper spot the only way they get there is if we put them there. Often times that has to take a back seat to book repair, turning paperbacks into hardbacks so they will last longer, pulling books for teachers, pulling books for students, lesson planning, generating new ways to distribute information or simply keeping up with what is already in place. Many of us hold other jobs to help support the school community such as Tech Liaisons or LPAC Lead Teachers. One of the biggest tasks we have is managing our collection to ensure our staff and students have the latest in books and technology resources.
There is a ton of paper work that is part of our daily job. So, no we do not grade papers or fill in RTI files, but we are constantly keeping count and inventory of what we have on the shelves, what we need, are we keeping up with the latest contests, circulation statistics, how many drop-in have we seen, how many classes have we seen, have we scheduled the books fairs (a year ago) to correspond with our family nights and if not can we get them changed. Is the layout of the library working for all patrons and if not how might it be changed and when should we change it. Finally, not that this encompasses all that we do, but I can only write about so much...we are all teetering with this new thing called the MAKERSPACE. All of this data is submitted in official format to our Library Sciences department on a six weeks basis.
What do we like best about our jobs? Well, that's easy...when I get to turn my librarian hat around and once again be teacher and teach our students. We were teachers first and will be forever, but now we get to add on our love for books.
Turning a paperback into a hardcover
That shinny paper is rigid.
Once applied, and squeegeed to ensure it adheres, the cover will need to sit for 24 hours before it goes on the shelf. The book cover will be well protected and now it acts like a hardcover. This process extends the life of our books, but allows us to select the cheaper paperbacks stretching our budget for books.
New Graphic Novels
There is nothing more exciting to a librarian than to get brand new books in the library for the students. Especially when they are graphic novels...their favorite!