Are you a vampire expert?
In traditional vampire folklore, there are numerous ways to kill a vampire. Which of these methods were not valid ways of destroying a vampire?Pouring gasoline on the vampireDecapitating the vampireBurning the vampireDriving a stake through the vampires heartExposing the vampire to bright sunlight
Tonights AgendaWeeding: discussion, activities & questionsBreakA (Brief) History of YA literatureTwilight and other current trends in YA lit
Collection Stats from the Illinois StudyAverage collection size: Elem: 9,000 Middle: 8,700 HS: 11,500Average age of collection: Elem: 1990 Middle: 1989 HS: 1983Average amount of budget: Elem: $4,500 Middle: $6,250 HS: $10,255
In the words of the great Doug Johnson
"Weed! Im not telling you again." http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2009/2/2/minnesotas-aging-school-library-collections.html
But what if we need that later?
I quickly began to see that having too much un-useful stuff around clutters up the actual usable stuff and decreases ease of use. I thought at first I was being helpful by saving but realized that saved junk was actually preventing my students from finding what they needed.
I'm now cursing those people [who didnt weed] for leaving me all the work by convincing this staff that it was okay to run a book museum and have no circulation! So, when I go to the principal and say, we need more money to buy books, he's looking at full shelves and thinking, "Why do we want to buy more books when kids don't checkout the ones we have?
If you went to a store that didn't rotate their stock, would you continue to shop there? I know that when I buy bread and eggs and milk, I'm looking for expiration dates. Weeding does increase circulation because it helps you see the gems that are hiding in the rubble.
Weeding was my greatest dread...At First.... (I am a book lover) When I finally realized that libraries are not supposed to be MUSEUMS but useful LIBRARIES, it became easier.
In my outside life, I'm a historian and preach the value of saving and maintaining and archiving. As a librarian, I had to learn to fight the urge to do so One of the things that made the most impression on me was a teacher who said "A library is not an archive." We harm our students when we do not commit to weeding; misconceptions and incorrect information they pick up when they are young will stay with them forever.
And one final reason to weed
THE CREW GUIDELINES FOR WEEDING YOUR COLLECTIONThe first figure refers to the years since the book's latest copyright date (age of material in the book)The second figure refers to the maximum number of years since its last recorded circulationThe third refers to the presence of various negative factors, called MUSTIE factors.
For example, the formula "8/3/MUSTIE" means: "Consider a book in this Dewey class for discard when its latest copyright is more than eight (8) years ago; and/or, when its last circulation or inhouse use was more than three (3) years ago; and/or, when it possesses one or more of the MUSTIE factors."
MUSTIE MeansM = Misleading (and/or factually inaccurate)U = Ugly (worn and beyond mending or rebinding)S = Superseded (by a truly new edition or by a much better book on the subject)T = Trivial (of no discernible literary or scientific merit)I = Irrelevant to the needs and interests of your communityE = The material may be obtained expeditiously Elsewhere through interlibrary loan or reciprocal borrowing.
Some Weeding PracticeDr. Spocks Baby and Child CareJane Eyre by Charlotte BronteFootprints on the Moon by The Writers and Editors of the Associate PressWeapons by Edwin Tunis
A resource you shouldnt miss:The Sunlink Weed of the Month Archive:http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/And dont miss the book, Less is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Libraries
Dr. Spocks Baby and Child Care
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Footprints on the Moon by The Writers and Editors of the Associate Press
Weapons by Edwin Tunis
Weeding RoleplayThe librarys books fill the shelves from end-to-end. Most of the books have been part of the library collection for years; the previous librarian did not weed. The library has a small budget for books.
The new librarian has begun to weed. The custodian alerts the principal to the piles of books being pulled off the shelves and discarded. The principal is concerned and decides to approach the librarian.
Principal: Ms Smith, I notice youve pulled a lot of our library books off the shelves and are throwing them away. Im a little concerned that youre throwing away good library books.Ms Smith: ?
Weeding: Point/Counterpoint RoleplayThe class will divide into pairs.Each partner should assume a roll (principal or librarian)Take 1-2 minutes independently to list the points your character might make to make his/her case. Pick up the conversation where the role play scenario leaves off. Using your list and other points/ideas that emerge during the conversation, make an argument from your characters point of view. Think about what questions you might ask each other and what arguments you might make to win the other over to your side. You have 10 minutes for your conversation. If you finish before time is up, switch roles and try it from a new perspective.Be prepared to share your best points from both perspectives with the classWho do you think would have won the argument if it had really happened?
Points Worth Sharing
What do we do with what we weed?Investigate recycling options in your community.Clear the project with your administration so you can discard a large number of books at one time.Weed and discard in small sections. Sometimes it is easier to manage a smaller number of discards.Keep the books in storage for a year. If you need one, pull it out of storage & put it back in the collection. At the end of a year, discard the rest.Use for art projects or decoration
What NOT to do with what we weedDo not donate, sell or give away school property without permission. Most schools do not allow this.Do not give books with out of date information to classrooms, other libraries or charities. If its not good enough for your collection, its not good enough for them. If you are discarding due to lack of circulation, and if your school allows it, you may want to consider selling or donating materials.
More questions about weedingIs it worth buying books to strengthen a particular area (as an analysis might suggest you do) if the faculty and students wont make use of those books?How does budget influence weeding? Do you throw away old books even if it means you have bare shelves? Others?
A (Brief) History of YA Lit
194619551998Betty Cavanna Still Going On Sixteen
Still Crossing Over
But now in both directions
Are you a Twilight fan?Yes I couldnt put it down, even if I had some issues with itNo, I just dont get what all the hype is about.
Twilight SurveyPlease indicate which books in the Twilight series youve readJust TwilightTwilight & New MoonTwilight, New Moon & EclipseAll four books
In front of us.And behind us.
Take 2Take 2 minutes to write down 2 things you loved about Twilight2 things you didnt love about Twilight2 reasons you think teens love Twilight
Talking About TwilightPlease visit the class wiki and watch the Talking About Twilight video. Make note of any comments that particularly stand out; be prepared to discuss them with the class.You may copy & paste this link into another window to access the video, or access it through the link on the class materials page of the wiki.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5Pln63UZfE
Stephen King on the Appeal of TwilightBoth Rowling and Meyer, theyre speaking directly to young people. ... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer cant write worth a darn. Shes not very good." But then King recalls that when his mom was alive, she read all the Erle Stanley Gardner books, the Perry Mason mysteries, obsessively when he was growing up. "He was a terrible writer, too, but he was very successful," King says. "Somebody whos a terrific writer whos been very, very successful is Jodi Picoult. Youve got Dean Koontz, who can write like hell. And then sometimes hes just awful. It varies. James Patterson is a terrible writer but hes very very successful. People are attracted by the stories, by the pace and in the case of Stephenie Meyer, its very clear that shes writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. Its exciting and its thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because theyre not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, thats a shorthand for all the feelings that theyre not ready to deal with yet.
I dont think Im a writer; I think Im a storyteller.- Stephenie Meyer
What are some ways we can build on book blockbusters like Twilight?
The Supernatural Craze
For next weekChoose a Gossip Girl or Clique series book to readBring one manga book to class: your choice; you dont have to read it in advance. See the recommended reading lists on the wiki for manga suggestions.YA book publishingYA book marketingReviewing YA booksWhats the line betwe