I just realized I never finished up and talked about my final results!!!
So, it took me roughly a week to relabel everything. Then, came the moving. THAT was probably one of the most difficult things to do… and made more interesting by the fact that I was collaborating with one of the ELA teachers on book speed dating!
It actually helped that we had the speed dating right around the same time that I was genrefying. First, it helped students to see that there were changes being made. It also helped students discover what genres interested them. Finally, it allowed me to start the shuffle of books! That was the best part I think.
I have seen most people easily shift their books on their carts. But, as I stated in an earlier post, I had a previous librarian shelve books by title…. so the best thing for me was to take the books all down, one genre or so at a time, empty some shelves, and then re-alphabetize them. Was it a pain…. um, yes. But, in a lot of ways it was good because I was able to actually touch, assess, and really look at my collection.
The shift took me another few days, but the end result = awesome!
My students have been very happy with the result. I have heard many many times how much “easier” it is to find things that they want to read. I’ve had students ask me for suggestions in their “genres,” students go right to the colored section they know they’ll enjoy, and it really is so much easier to direct people!
But wait. What about the catalog??? Well, I did what many people did: I changed the sublocation in Destiny to the genre. Of course when I want to, I can’t find the directions I used, and so I’ll have to save that for another post (I’m thinking I’m going to be busy at break!)