It’s that time of year again–time to do inventory, track down late books, and weed the old books. I have a theory on weeding:
If a principal walks through the library and sees full to brimming shelves, they can rationalize no funding for new books. If a principal sees empty shelves in a library, they leave thinking OMG we need to make sure there is funding for new books.
I wish I could say this works all the time, but it does indeed make a statement. Principals, teachers, parents, and students will walk through and bemoan the lack of books. The visual reminder is just a nice way to keep in the principal’s thoughts that some of that annual budget should be allocated to the library, especially when we in SC work in for the most part site-based management that determines funding and such. Oh, this picture here is actually one of my weeds from last year. Notice how full the shelves are behind it. I can say now that not one single shelf in the library is even remotely full like that anymore. During the school year, I use the empty space to display books. But around May 1st, all the books are shelved, exposing (gasp!!) empty shelves. It’s amazing how many walk through and make the comment “Wow we need some new books.” It’s an evil ploy, but hopefully it will work.
Now to get the books still checked out turned in before school is said and done this year. My list is still too many pages long to share a number. Ouch. Speaking of getting books returned, did you see this creative plea for returning books and “clearing thy name”? (Special thanks to Joyce Valenza at the NeverEnding Search SLJ Blog.)
Image: ‘Nice incentive‘