lunes, 16 de enero de 2017

Take a peek at our bookshelves

A handy tool for organizing books!  
Hello, Friend!  I'm Miss  Courtney and I have a confession to make.

We, at Teach Preschool, are a bit obsessed with children's books.  Over the years, Deborah has amassed a collection of more than 1,000 beloved picture books.  For years, we have struggled with how best to organize these books.

Perhaps you can relate?  A few months ago, she asked me to develop a system for organizing our collection of children's books.  It was a pretty big task!  Now that it is complete, I'd like to share the process with you.  You may even be inspired to tackle your own mountain of books. 
I spent the first few months of the school year toting boxes of books home each week and scanning them into a virtual bookshelf style app called LibraryThing.  LibraryThing is a free app and is also available as a website that you can access from your computer.  I'm not sure if the app is available on all mobile devices, but it works well for us because all of our teachers have iPhones.  
The LibraryThing app

The LibraryThing app allows you to create your own collections of books.  We categorized our collections by themes and popular authors.  When you scan an ISBN barcode from a book, the app will pull the cover picture and title information from Amazon, The Library of Congress, or other catalog sites.  Books can be added to multiple collections and members can add tags and other detailed information as they choose.  The app is quite basic and simple to use, though the website allows for much greater detail, such as ratings and reviews.   

There are a few other apps that are available for organizing books.  You could even create a simple spreadsheet that you save to your phone. 

Ultimately, we chose LibraryThing for its ease of use and so that all of our teachers could access it from their phones.  Now, we never have to wonder if we own that adorable picture book that we find as we wander the aisles of our local bookstore.  
Organizing our bookshelves

After scanning all of our books into the app, it was time to reorganize our actual bookshelves in the resource room.  Like many of you, we found ourselves sorting our books by theme.  But because most of our books fit into multiple categories, we were constantly searching the shelves trying to remember which theme we originally put the book in.  

Since we are now able to search by themes, titles, and authors in the app, we felt like it would be a good idea to go back to the traditional method of categorizing books alphabetically by the author's last name.  With just a few clicks on the app, we can easily locate the book and see who the author is, allowing us to quickly find it on our shelves.  
Read more!

If you would like to know more about LibraryThing or if you just want to take a peek at our bookshelves, I invite you to click the link below:

I hope you have a wonderful day!

My best, 

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