At the AES Library, we are always striving to make positive changes to impact the success of our students, as well as maximize support for all our teachers. Several years ago we embarked upon a HUGE change as to the way our book collection is organized (on reading levels 3.0 and up), both in the computer system, as well as
the physical location and shelving of the books.
Rather than just being cataloged and arranged by ATOS reading level (as they had been in the past), the books are now be arranged by a specific genre, Dewey classification, historical time period, or sometimes a mixture of the two (much like a bookstore). It is designed around our STUDENTS' INTERESTS, and hopefully will make it easier for students and teachers to find
exactly what fits their reading needs (as well as to encourage students to try new reading
areas they might previously not have read).
The removal of the outside book levels will comply with FERPA guidelines (respecting the privacy of information as it relates to a child's education), as well as matching the "best practices" position of the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) and
ALA (American Library Association). Read more at the following link:
Unfortunately, this is a long and tedious process. We are working diligently on the sections as time allows, and are confident that the end result will be AWESOME! Please let us know if you would like to volunteer in the library to help us in this endeavor. We would LOVE to have volunteers helping run our circulation desk so we can get this Herculean task completed and get back to library business, as usual!