What does a school librarian do anyway? part 4

Running a Library

On top of all that I have listed I also maintain and develop the physical library and it’s collections. This involves:

• Resource selection and book buying keeping abreast of current trends, special offers, online ordering
• Professional reading
• Timetabling
• Improvement Planning and Self Evaluation
• Preparation for events – e.g. National Poetry Day, World Book Day, or cross curricular projects
• Joint work with Careers Officer
• Stock edit
• Stock check
• Overdue loans
• Sorting Requested items
• Blogging or updating Glow pages
• Organising issuing and collecting of C2C catalogue
• Processing and covering new stock
• Budget considerations & balancing books
• Filing and shelving
• Library Management system housekeeping – ie. adding new S1 intake, running reports for library support, stock check
• Cleaning and tidying
• Signage and displays, posters and plants – creating a stimulating and welcoming learning area for the whole school
• Physical improvements – e.g. rearranging layout of whole library, moving the Careers Library, creating distinct study and learning areas
• ICT – essential maintenance of the 23 PCs and three printers
• Attend in-service training
• Prepare for inspection/ visits
• Prepare for my own Personal Review
• Recruiting, reviewing and training library monitors

I am involved in promoting the library and making sure that it meets or exceeds user expectations. I conduct regular surveys (results for which are processed during school holidays) amongst staff and pupils as well as take part in the national School Library survey week in November. I have spoken to teaching staff at in-service days about what they library can do to support them, write articles for every school newsletter and attend open evenings or ACfE nights. In addition I also regularly meet and communicate librarians, book sellers and publishers either within my own authority or out with to try and ensure I am up to date with resources and best practise.

A lot of this is done on a Friday afternoon or in the evening in addition to my working week on the understanding that this time can be taken in-lieu during the school holidays.

The End. Now no asking what on earth I do when the school is on holiday 🙂

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