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From: jlf@footnet.com (Mary Helen Fischer)
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 19:51:38 -0700

Congratulations on your new job!  And best of luck to you!  One of my
favorite tools for collection development is the Elementary School Library
Collection, put out  by Follett, (Earl inserts: we know it is from Brodart from
other messages and my personal viewing of it today.) I think.
It's about $65 and very extensive.
Rates books and various media including computer software as first, second
and third purchase priority and I think it cites review sources.  For new
books, I think School Library Journal is the most useful tool.  Horn Book
Guide is good but slow in coming.  Library Talk, a periodical put out by
Linworth, discusses a lot of titles by thematic organization but is mainly
positive as a review source--I want more discernment in reviews.  And, for
the money, Junior Library Guild is a great deal.  You won't build your
collection quickly but you will get very reasonably priced excellent new
titles and the opportunity to buy from the their back list--every book is
8.50.  I don't have their address here, it's at school, but I would be happy
to send it to you if you'd like.
Best of luck to you--I'd love to hear how your introduction of the BigSix to
your faculty goes.  That's one of my biggest hurdles and I could use the input!
(Earl inserts: they have no choice.  I'm using it in the library whether they do
in the classroom or not. . .  Hey, what the heck, nothing like making a
lasting first impression, eh?)
Best of luck,
Mary Helen

Mary Helen Fischer, District Librarian
Buckeye Union School District
Shingle Springs CA


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 21:48:27 -0500 (CDT)
From: Donna S Cook <dsc@tenet.edu>

Earl, you can't go wrong with ESLC.  I have never shown it to a librarian
that (s)he hasn't gotten one within weeks.  You seem to understand its
value without even seeing one.  When you see it, you will be so glad.
If your school already has one, you will see why you need a new one as
soon as possible.  Good luck.
Donna Cook, library teacher
Raguet Elementary, Nacogdoches ISD, and Douglass ISD, and First Baptist
Nacogdoches, TX                         Douglass, TX      Nacogdoches, TX
<dsc@tenet.edu>         "The best education is caught--not taught"


Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 11:06:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sheila Davis <daviss@meol.mass.edu>

I have been a library/media specialist in a K-6 for several years. The
first 2 weeks I usually do a library map activity withgrades 5&6.
The media center map has 15 locations to find. I have sheet with the 15
locations listed. They have to go to each location and detremine what it
located ther, find it on the list and label it. I put them in pairs or
sometimes teams of 3-4. I also have different treasure hunt lists. Each
list has 9 items - 3 are looking up items in the card catalog(we're not
automated yet),other items are :locating a book from one of the non
fiction categories, naming 2 magazines and listing an atricle from each,
name a set of encyclopedias, name a video from the collection, etc. Each
team has a different list, but they are similar in what they have to
find. Hope this helps!

Sheila Davis
Plympton School
Waltham, MA


Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 14:58:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sharon Hamer <hamer@meol.mass.edu>

I use almost exclusively, Booklist Magazine. It reviews everything that
is relevant for school libraries and I trust its non-profit
professionals. They have best of the best lists each year and other
bibliographies. They are availabe online. Don't have the address but it
is an ALA publication and is available from their main home page
www.ala.org I think.

Sharon Hamer (hamer@meol.mass.edu)


Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 19:43:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Dahlman - Beverly H." <bdahlman@umd5.umd.edu>

In our system we use the Elementary School Library Collection for collection
development.  It is not perfect, but gives one a place to start.  There are
many other bibliographies including Best Books of the Year in School Library
Journal and Booklist.

Beverly H. Dahlman, retired
Review & Evaluation Center
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2644 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401


I decided to include this last message from Judy...
I had chills when I read her message because of the
excitement and aniticipation of what F-U-N she is
going to have. . . and I know many of you will get that
same feeling when you read her message.

Feel free to send her words of encouragement ...
as if you need my permission or coaxing...you all
(well, more like y'all here in North Carolina) are such
a wonderful, caring, and helpful group, I'm sure you
would do the right thing without my reminders. . .

And Judy, I hope you forgive me for putting your message
here without your permission, but I thought everyone
would want to share in the excitement - and everyone,
please forgive me for speaking for all of you on this matter!

From: "K." Lamb <lamb@meol.mass.edu>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 96 19:28:13 EDT

Dear Earl,
I too have just been hired (yesterday) for my first library job ever, I am
enrolled in a master's program in library media studies and have 3 more
courses plus a practicum for a provisional certificate.

I have been hired by a parochial middle school, grades 5-8, which is just
opening in September.  I have nothing!  The 'library' is an empty room, I
have designed a physical set-up (today) which I will discuss with the
headmaster on Thursday, I will also meet with the book representative
from Follett on Thurs.

Besides library media specialist, I will be the technology teacher. 15 IBM
compatibles will be delivered on Thursday.

I would appreciate any info. you get if you're willing to share.
Thanks so much.
Judy Lamb

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