The first few books to be hybridized are on the shelves, and I am literally bubbling with excitement at anticipating how it's going to be easier to find books when I'm done. It makes it so much easier for me, and it really does give you a good visual sense of how many books you have in an area of the collection. Did I know we had 40+ books on the Holocaust? Nope! But I do now, because they're taking up a shelf together - poetry, biography, personal narratives, and histories.
But more than that, as I edit call numbers, I'm also editing MARC records. Why? Because I discovered that Alexandria, which is our cataloging system, was not in the least bit friendly to anyone when it came to subject/keyword searches. Alexandria only searches certain fields of the MARC records, which can lead to some items being left out, some confusing additions, and most of all, it made subject searches impossible. I mean, who is seriously going to search for books on World War II with "World War, 1939-1945'? That's right, nobody.
So I'm adding simple, intuitive language tags to the 650 field (which is what gets searched), and making it as easy to cross-search. So for instance, poetry about America will have the call number ELA - POETRY - AMERICA, but then in the 650 fields will have poetry (so it comes up if someone searches for poetry), America, and the other information that was pulled in automatically when the record was created. It's time-consuming, but I think it's going to pay off, and it may even steer kids towards using Researcher over Scout, which I think is a good thing.
Here's a sneak peek!
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also review children's, middle grade, and young adult books on Instagram.
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