While my high school is in remote learning, Courtney Grimaldi, librarian, and I wanted to promote our library books and get the books to students quickly. Many classes were also starting independent reading activities, so we planned to book talk with several classes via Zoom during class time.
How would we get books to the students?
How do we display multiple books to gain interest in checking out?
To organize this process, we thought about how we did things before March 2020 and how we can make the process work today.
We would pull books to a cart for students to browse along with browsing our shelves.
We created a Google Slides of book covers and summaries. When a student selects a book, we are able to take the book off the slideshow. We also designed videos and demonstrations about using our library catalog.
Students would go to the circulation desk to check out a book.
Students place a hold in our library system through a Google Form. Other libraries are also using Google Forms for placing holds. Students enter their first and last names along with the book title in the form. The library staff can view the spreadsheet of requests. That book is checked out to the student and placed in the front doors of our building for pick up. Each book has a sheet of paper wrapped around the book that includes the student’s name on the side.
Students ask school librarians questions about books while in the library during class, before or after school. School librarians help students find the best book for their needs by browsing the shelves and showing the students specific books from the collection.
The student has time to ask questions during the classroom teacher’s Zoom class after book talking several books. We also have a chat service on our website available for students to ask questions at any time during the school day. See an earlier post about chat options for our library.
The process continues to evolve, but students enjoy that they can put a hold on a book and receive the book within two days.
What is your process to get books to students when remote learning?
Author: Becca Munson
Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 23 years of experience in education. She is currently a school librarian at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS. Becca continues to find ways to positively impact student learning with literacy initiatives, technology integration, and building rapport with students and staff. Follow her on Twitter to view the library in action @bvwlibrary and @beccamunson .