Thursday, September 10, 2015

Self Checkout Station

Today was a good day. Because I want the majority of my time to be spent with students and teachers, and because I want to empower students and give them access to the library throughout the entire school day, I needed a self checkout station. Yesterday Follett tweeted me these Setting Up a Self-Checkout Station directions for Destiny Library Manager...the Destiny setup process only took five minutes.

Bob, Dennis, and John (part of the magical Burlington Public Schools Educational Technology Team) came to Memorial Elementary School today to set up the station. (Luckily the library had an extra desktop computer and the EdTech Team had an extra bar code scanner.) I'm incredibly grateful.

These 4th graders had a BLAST checking out their own books this afternoon.
Self Checkout Directions:
  1. Scan or type in your LASID number
  2. Scan the library book barcode (not the ISBN barcode)
  3. Click “Reset”
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015


I’m thrilled to be the new Memorial Elementary School Library Media Specialist. The Memorial Library is the most gorgeous elementary school library in which I’ve ever been. Over the last few years I’ve attended several state and national conferences that have helped me create a lot of ideas to make our library more friendly and accessible to students. In order to make this possible, I need help.

I want students to use the library for more than a traditional library time. I’d love for most of my time to be spent assisting students to become critical thinkers, successful researchers, and passionate life-long learners while connecting them to others around the world to collaborate and push their thinking deeper. I want to orchestrate student reading groups during student lunch time (optional of course). I hope students come to the library anytime during the school day to research topics they’re passionate about and curate information in various new and fun ways.

Of course cultivating passionate readers is essential as well: the more students read, the better readers they become, the more they love to’s a fabulous cycle. In order to make all of this great learning possible, I need volunteers to help check out books to students and shelve returned books.

Please let me know if you’re interested in volunteering in our library this year. I’d REALLY appreciate your help.
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