Library Life: Textbook Transfers

One of the things I do as a media specialist is process textbook transfers. Our school library acts like a unit in a larger system of many other school libraries. Materials assigned to our site can be transferred to other schools within our district and we can request and receive materials from other sites too.

This is a cost-effective way of ensuring that students across our district are provided the materials they need without having excess inventories in any one school. It works because classes are set up to address the needs of learners so the quantity of leveled material is dependent on the learning level of students. For example, if one school does not have a large quantity of students needing “level a” books then those books can go to a school where the books are needed.

Summer is a prime time to begin receiving requests and begin requesting textbook transfers. Just a few days ago I received a request for a textbook transfer from another middle school. Before I could even begin to send the books, however, there were several steps I needed to take.

First, I made sure that inventory numbers were accurate (I’m pretty finicky about this and will triple check things just to be sure). Then, I verified that we would not be needing all the books in our inventory and that I had enough books to send out. Finally, I began the process of physically hauling the books out of storage and preparing them for transfer. I manually scanned each book to create a transfer record and to digitally transfer the site location for each textbook.

Luckily, we had just received new textbooks last week and I had not thrown out those boxes! I was able to use all of them to pack up the books for our District Warehouse Operations to come get. They will deliver the books to the new site. Happy learning!


Library Life: Bookshelf Makeover

Last year, I rescued a rusted metal bookshelf on its way out to the dump. It was just too practical and filled with potential for me to pass by. My co-worker’s daughter who was volunteering suggested we repaint it, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to a painting project and we wrapped it in paper instead.


Our happy little paper-wrapped shelf weathered the year quite well. Aside from a little pencil sketch one side and a wad of gum, no harm was done. The paper did start fading, however, and a paint project became inevitable.

I headed to Wal-Mart where I ran into two of my fellow teacher friends who gave me advice on which kind of spray paint to use and helped me pick out colors. We chose a vibrant royal blue and gold yellow to match our school colors. The shelf would be blue and I would use the the Ellison machine to make a paw-print template to represent our school cougar mascot. I returned to work the next day armed with paint and determination.

After setting up a spray area outside the back door of the media center, I was ready to begin my project. The whole project took two Phases. Phase one, I sprayed the the whole thing blue and let it dry. Phase two,  I used the paw-print template to make a paw-print trail. I had a junior painter (my co-worker’s daughter again!), assist with this phase. All in all, it was a pretty easy project which I probably should have done last year!




Ed Tech Review: Twitter

Twitter is a great way of building a network and an easy way to share articles, links, and ideas. In the past year or so I have really worked to build my network on Twitter by following as many media specialists, librarians, and libraries as I can find. Now my feed is filed with snippets of real-time library life across the world.

Some groups even hold live chat sessions on various topics which are usually very though provoking and inspiring. All you have to do to participate is answer the question, interact with other participants and use whatever #hashtag they are using. The #hashtags link all conversations which are using the #hashtag.

If you are not on Twitter, I would highly recommend joining! The usability of the site is fairly simple even for novice social media users. And if you do join, remember to follow me @LibCharleen!