Fixed vs. Flexible Scheduling

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  1. ajd5160

    ajd5160 Rookie

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    I am a new media specialist as well, however I have taught years in the classroom and am a semester away from have a masters in Library and Information Science school media endorsement.

    I teach in an inner city charter school that has not had a media specialist/librarian in at least 8 years. The library was recently renovated, but is not used in the proper capacity. Books are just placed on shelves, etc.

    Taking on this new role has left me with a lot of things to sort out. AASL supports flexible scheduling in the library, but I know that many schools are still using a fixed schedule in the library.

    I was wondering how your school handles library scheduling? Can you also give me your opinion on that schedule (ie do you like it or do you wish it was different, and if so, what do you wish was different?)

    Thanks for your input!

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    We have fixed times to bring our classes each week where they do a lesson with the librarian and check out new books. The times the library is not scheduled with a class, it is open for flexible scheduling. If a teacher needs it, they arrange a time with the librarian.
     
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    I wish we had a better set up at our library. Our librarian struggles to speak the language. She sits at her desk and checks out the books. I always create an assignment for the students to work on while we are at the library, sometimes we listen to the audio books while one group goes up to check out their books. Since there really isn't much going on at the library, I have the students go every two weeks. I prefer to use my class time teaching.

    I am praying for a Wednesday this year. I like to go in the middle of the week so it doesn't throw off my schedule. I have two classes to take to the library.


    I encourage you to engage those kids in the library, its a great chance to show them how fun reading is!
     
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    We have a combination--some classes have a regularly scheduled time and others go on an "as needed" basis (this is decided by the teachers). The librarian is always eager to help us in any way she can, but in a large school time is limited and she has teaching responsibilities as well.
     
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    Each teacher can sign up for a time if they want. However, a teacher does not have to sign up for a time.

    I like having a time because then I actually commit to taking my students to the library. Without a time, I would bring them down.

    Our library is split into two areas, so one area is for check out and the other area is for lessons and working in the library. We can check out this other side as needed.

    We are also allowed to send kids down to check out books whenever. So if a child needs a new book or needs to return a book, they can do this at anytime (even if two classes are in the library). This is because we teach the students how to check out their own books. They scan their library card and then scan their book.
     
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    Every class at our school has a time and students can come down during the open times, but not when a class is there.
     
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    I'm at the high school level. We have sign up sheets on the librarian's desk: one if we are going to use the computers and one if we want to take up the tables and chairs for some kind of organized activity.
     

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