Our Process for Curbside Pickup

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.

Before

We would pull books to a cart for students to browse along with browsing our shelves.

Now

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.

Before

Students would go to the circulation desk to check out a book.

Now

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.

Book Cart

Before

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.

Now

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.

Chat feature

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?

Book Options Instagram Post

Author: Becca Munson



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4 replies

  1. Hi,

    I’m just wondering what the advantage of using Google Forms is versus just having the kids put the books on hold through Follett Destiny? I work in an elementary school, and allowed kids to put books on hold through Destiny Follett previously, and it seems like that would be easier, as I can just print a report of holds that are ready to pull.

    Of course, I didn’t have to notify them that they were ready, as they would just check the hold shelf when their class came into the library (they all visited once a week) or after school, if they didn’t want to wait. We have very limited copies of books, so just because a student puts a book on hold doesn’t mean he/she will get it in a timely manner. Sometimes kids had to wait 6 weeks for a popular book. So I’m not sure how to make that part work effectively, as parents won’t want to show up to pick up books only to discover they’re not ready. I could ask students to put up to six books on hold, I guess, in the hopes that at least two would be ready for them…

  2. This is a great process! Thank you for sharing. How are you handling the waiting period after a book is returned? Do you “clean” the books in any way?

  3. Hi Kara. We also use our library catalog system to place holds. For specific classes, a Google Form works because we can set up a Form Limiter add-on. Once the book has a hold on it, it doesn’t appear on the form anymore. Usually the books we book talk are taken quickly. Once a book is ready to be picked up, we reach out to our students via Canvas, our LMS, to let them know it is ready.

    Hi H. Kay! The book is in quarantine for 6 days. We have shelves in the library organized by dates the books are returned (Monday, Tuesday, etc.). When Monday rolls around, we grab the books off the Monday shelf and check-in to shelve. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. Hi Becca, thank you so much for responding! This is so helpful.

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