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I agree with Carolyn.  I am a high school librarian and I can't tell
you how many high school students don't have a clue about finding a
book on the shelf, even if I hand them the call number.  I've quizzed
some of these kids while instructing them in how to locate a book.
Most said they never had to find a book in elementary or middle
school.  Either the librarian got the book for them, or it was "out"
somewhere and they happened to see, or (horrors) they never checked
out a book in elem or middle school.

I'm in a rather affluent area, and many of these kids rarely use the
public library.  Their parents take them to the book stores, so they
want to know where the mysteries, scifi, etc. are.  Then I have to
explain how libraries are arranged and why you need to use the

Please, elementary librarians, make sure you teach your students how
to locate books by using your catalog and then locating a call number
on the shelf.   This is a lifelong skill we all need to be teaching at
every level.

Lee D. Gordon
Sierra Vista High School
8100 W. Robindale Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 799-6820 X 4026
FAX (702) 799-6847

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