Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Monday! Is it sill raining?? Good day to do some more organizing! How is your cicr desk coming along? do you have everything you and your patrons need to do check out? do you have supplies close to do requests and holds? It is neat and clean? Every time you organize and clean up you will feel better about the space . It will be easier to get your work done. Keep working- (I'll check in on Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's to cold out to be spring! How are you doing on your circulation desk? Do you have all your supplies right at hand where you need them? What about supplies to request holds? Paper, Pencils, pens, notebook? Every system is different-I write down each requested book ( check it out when you are going to order new books) . I also write down each one that I loan. Buy the end of this month, your goal is to have all your supplies that you use regularly within close range and organized at you Circ. desk.
I am going to training today about new updates to our system. So keeping up with all the newest helps on your circ. program is also a must. Whatever system you use, use all the options to make your life easier and your work more efficient.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Well , its cold out today! if you are still working on your circulation, check out your supplies. Do you have pencils/pens for your students / patrons to use? Sharpen them up and put them in an attractive holder . What else do you need at your circulation desk? Spend a litttle time thinking about what else you need to have at your circulation desk , and if it is there right now, or do you have to go searching for it when you need it. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On my circulation desk , I keep a small wicker basket. In it is has my daily circulation supplies. Date due slips which are stamped get taken out and set right next to the basket. Inside the basket is the stamp and some extra cards. When book check out occurs , you can quickly take out the card in the back of the book and throw it into the basket. You have supplies ready if you need to type more date due cards.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Last week went by in a blur and I realized on Saturday- Wow- Didn't blog past Monday! How did that happen? How is your circulation area? Did you straighten / organize. I realized that I didn't need to keep the students "saved " books on prime counter space , so I moved them to the check in cart with a sign. This way I now have more room on the desk itself. Just by doing that one thing I have more room on the desk. And it looks better, also seems more organized. I am continuing on this short week to think of ways that I can move/ organize my circulation. Remember , It all doesnt have to happen over night. Slow and steady wins the race.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Your Desk

This week we will start at the library one place where everyone spends a lot of time, the circulation desk! Take 15 minutes the first day you can , and see where you can be better organized and more efficient. Do you have pencils/ pens handy both for your use and your assistant if you have one and for your students/patrons? Get some sharpened and ready. Make a can that people can grab if they need too. Look at your calendar. Do you have one? Is it up to date? Clean it off so you can see and write or pencil important dates/ tasks for you to remember. The calendar is one of the most important things for you to use in your quest in being organized and efficient!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Are you working on your bookshelves? I have been at a workshop at SC BOCES on history, which is very interesting. Makes me want to write an historical piece, which I have to simmer in my mind awhile. ( I know that is totally unrelated to being organized but I am being consumed by this and it is taking up all my thoughts.)
Keep working on your book shelves. My are pretty up to date. My husband is another one of those organizing people , so together we make a good team. If you are still at home and working on your book shelves, think about next week. What spot should you organize??

Monday, March 2, 2009

Snow Day!! Good day to organize at home! What really needs to be organized?Your book shelf? Take out the books and dust the shelves. How should you place them back? It's totally up to you. Many home libraries are organized by types of books- fiction can be organized by genres or by author. Non-fiction can be done by subject areas- like putting all your cookbooks together or by the type of cooking- baking, stir frying, roasting, . Basically, its what you want- but make it easy on your self so you can find a book quickly! In the library, we always try to organize so the item can be found.