On my second day in the space, there was no way I was going to make it another hour without managing the chaos. The student library aides were a huge help in clearing out the library office and began moving on to tackling shelving today. I separated books into three categories: not processed, partially processed and fully processed. The fully processed books were moved to a cart on the floor to be shelved by aides and the other books are being kept behind the desk for further processing.
Amidst the organization fury, I came across new professional titles that hadn't made it into the collection (differentiation and instructional technology galore!) as well as hot, new fiction titles that hadn't made their way to the shelves yet. The new titles include More Than This by Patrick Ness (which I'm in the middle of right now!) and The Living by Matt de Pena - that's been on my reading list all year. It will be great to really get this space cleared out and the collection out on the shelves so everyone can access them, but first we've got to bring in new software. I'm not sure how much of a voice I will have in the purchasing decision, but I would really like to see a great web-based OPAC system such as Follett (have you seen the new Universal Search? It's going to change the face of Follett & Titlewave!) or MassCat, which would give us access to collections at other schools too. In the more distant future, I hope the district will use one cataloging host so by high school students will be well versed in searching for materials. We'll see what happens!