Monday, September 17, 2007

Library Orientation

Today was the last day of five days of non-stop library orientation. My school has about 720 students as of today and I got to all of them.

Apparently, this was the first time in years that anyone had done orientation for students. It went fairly well although today saw some "interesting" behavior from some students (including the theft and eventual return of some electronic devices).

I have been thinking about what I will do next year. I can do all grades, sixth-eighth, again, but I might decide to only do sixth and seventh grades. Just the new students. It takes a lot of time that is hard to find at the beginning of the school year.

One thing I will do next year is make it shorter. No longer than 30 minutes. I want students to come to me and then go back to their classrooms. Being dismissed from the LMC is a little chaotic. Also, if I am running a little late, that would still leave me plenty of time to finish.

In the next year or two, I would like to develop a video to include in orientation. If I were really on the ball, I would have a group of students develop it for me.

I am curious what others do in the way of orientation.


Lib. Learner Liz 2.0 Cheerleader said...

I understand your frustrations with orientation and agree that shorter, fewer students sounds better. I like the video idea too and have thought of doing that for my library.

Tom said...

I think overall that I am very pleased with how it went (as are my administrators). Certainly room for improvement, though.

After I do something like this, it helps me to evaluate the situation so that I can do it better next time.