Saturday, December 29, 2012

LibreOffice Labels

I have been using LiberOffice (Verdana, 16, Bold) to generate labels. I created a template and am saving each "as" because at this point I am only cataloging the animal non-fiction, and have not yet begun to blend in my picture books. It will be nice to go back to them to reprint rather than having to retype them all.

I also made up my own "allabout" designator for the books in each section that were about the category and not a specific breed.  We'll see how it goes!

Hi ho it's off to school I go...

So here is my holiday process. I am trying to create resource lists in the catalog for each topic. I then print the list and create the labels. I am making pile for the (hopefully) eager group of teens that will join me New Year's day to afix them, along with the category label and a protector.

It is surprisingly easy to sort by topic, and I am amazed at how screwy Dewey has been for my students. So much shelving effort! (I suppose I should be worried about my ability to justify an aide after this, but I am not...)

I began to just sort and create labels, but need to go back and create the resource list. Without them, unfortunately, Destiny will not sort, as I discovered with the Geologist "K SCIENTIST" title. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Destiny Epiphany!

I just catalogued a book about Geologists in K SCIENTIST... I wanted it with other community jobs rather than in rocks. When my volunteer searched for the book about "scientists", it did not turn up because the word "scientist" is not in the MARC record for this particular book... so I called Follett. The search that I can do could find it by call number, but my students do not have (nor do I want them to have) this capability. We came up with an even better method, once my collection is catalogued for this! It involves using Visual Search. I create a Public Resource List for the new METIS call number (K SCIENTIST) then in the Catalog Search Setup, select the action to link it to the Public List I had created! Giddy, here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Reading nooks!

Kids are finding all kinds of interesting places to read as we reorganize the collection!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Chickens and horses and cows, oh my!

So I'm cataloguing the F section which is Pets and the Metis librarians in NYC have farm animals clumped into one section, and it made me laugh. I have about 30 chicken books, alone, as well as books about yaks, sheep, cows and multiple kinds of horses. The beauty of this system is that it can represent an individual collection. I can categorize each of my chicken books by breed if I want!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

PB and J or J and PB?

There are two ways to proceed with Metis: the first is to pull the books off the shelves Dewey order and recategorize them in Metis. The second option is to pull the titles from Metis categories and consolidate the shelves as i go.

I have chosen the first strategy and I'm finding that as I recatalogue Dewey titles into Metis, the process goes faster.

Friday, December 7, 2012

I have created bookmarks for my students to introduce the concept of METIS and to help prepare them for this transition. Our habits of finding things by location will be thoroughly altered as this rolls out. I assured them that we were doing this in pieces and were trying to be systematic, but change can be messy, just like research! We will always find what they are looking for, but it may be a little bumpy for a while.

I offered them the example of the Military dog book with the tank on the cover and asked... B Machines Military?, F Pets Dogs??, or K Community Military??? I loved the discussion! The bottom, line, even if we do not find the perfect spot for everything, my students are helping make the decisions.

I am giddy with excitement and enthusiasm and cannot get this done fast enough!