This is the first in what will be a long series of posts on how we rebuilt MPOW. Here's what the building looked like from 1905 through August 3, 2007:And here's what it looked like on August 4, 2007:
Honestly, dealing with the call numbers is so much easier than dealing with subject headings! As we know, some have become controversial. Others, well, let's face it: these mostly date back to the days of the card catalog and use language that doesn't reflect how students think about things. We've been working on this project… Continue reading Keeping busy, part III
In my last post, I talked about how we looked at the shelves as part of our goal to make the entire collection easier for students to access (particularly with the limited time they have for research, including all those afterschool activities!). One of the things we've been talking about, to the point of possibly… Continue reading Keeping busy, part II
When I look for an assistant, one of the things I am careful to warn them is that there is a lot of "soul sucking" work in the job. I'm also quick to say that there are many tasks that don't fall into that category, but let's face it: every job has that aspect. I'm… Continue reading Keeping busy, part I
As my faithful readers know, in 2007 the Hackley School’s Kaskel Library burned down. In a mere 10 hours this:. became this and then this Sigh. Milton’s William Coburn Cox Library is a little less Gothic, a lot more Brutalist, and 65 years younger, but still (apparently) fragile. You see, it was built in the… Continue reading Am I missing a message?
It's National Library Week again, and because it's so close to the end of Spring Break I never feel like we're prepared to celebrate properly. Last year we did quizzes, this year we're use Kahoots to engage our students and faculty. They seem to like it - we'll see how tomorrow's live lunchtime Kahoots go.… Continue reading National Library Week
Shortly after the fire at Hackley, I decided that I needed to seriously look at the amount of junk I'd accumulated in my house... a few months later, much of the "nope, don't need this" stuff was finding new homes courtesy of the Salvation Army. But then there was The Collection. I'd never really gotten… Continue reading What was I thinking (and what am I thinking now)??
Tonight, the Independent Schools Section of AASL will premiere a new recording of "The 'What If' Scenario", a presentation I first did with Sara Kelly-Mudie and Courtney Lewis in 2018. It's been updated because, let's face it, the worst kinda did happen to our libraries. All our libraries. Next month, my Upper School Librarian, Joanna,… Continue reading Please allow me to [virtually] introduce myself
The other day I saw this tweet: https://twitter.com/wylie_alan/status/1361944536071700481 I work in a school library, not a public library, and I know that things are measured differently in each. In both there is still (sadly) a lot of confusion about what we do and what value that adds to the community, so determining the exact ROI… Continue reading Not getting the whole picture
Since the lockdown started, I've spent most Tuesday nights attending a Mussar class run by Congregation Beth Elohim. This week's middot is simplicity, and I've been thinking a lot about how that plays into my role as a librarian/teacher. The first thing that jumps out at me is the collection: weeding, updating, making things more… Continue reading The simple life for me