I love that Margaret Simon has started a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys.
I can't believe it's almost time for school to start! I will be going into my classroom tomorrow morning to start setting up, and one of the biggest jobs I have every year is organizing our classroom library. I always rethink the way I display and sort books, making them inviting and accessible to my students and readily available for me to book talk and use for read aloud, mentor texts, recommendations, etc.
Just a small portion of my classroom library
Another challenge each year is how to keep track of my books. I've tried everything, I think - from index cards and envelopes glued to the back covers to sign out sheets to honor systems. I've lost many books over the years, I know, and that can be frustrating (but still worth the benefits my students being surrounded by books), but I think the most frustrating thing is when books are hoarded by students (mostly unintentionally). I want books to be where I know they should be when I want to recommend them. I want them circulated, loved, and returned in a timely manner. Therefore, it's not really about not losing books, even though that's obviously desirable, it's about keeping them in circulation so many students can enjoy them.
I'm thinking of trying Booksource. I don't know how many books I have, but I know it's probably at least a thousand. Entering all those books myself would be a daunting task, but I have some helpful and willing students who said they would help me. I may be giving them a call tomorrow! They could be entering books into the computer while I set up the classroom. I'm hoping Booksource could help me track down books that have gone MIA so I can hand them to the next students who want/need them.
What other systems do you use for tracking and organizing your classroom library?