Shelf Managers are a HUGE part of the media program at Heard County Middle School. Not only do they keep books in proper Dewey order on their shelves, they promote reading and literacy to their friends!
Here's how the Shelf Manager System works:
If you are a media specialist in Georgia with no assistant, you will want to pay attention to this part. Take photos --- lots of photos --- of students reading. The photos need to be good quality, cropped well, edited in Picassa or similar program, and filtered with a warm, comic book style. I take two poses for each Shelf Manager and Shelf Manager Team. The first pose is to advertise the book they like. They hold the closed book, cover toward camera, and smile. The second pose is to promote reading. They hold an open book, with the cover showing to the camera. They look down at the page and do not smile.
I edit both shots and create small labels, which are printed on the color printer. The labels are trimmed tightly and covered with clear book tape on both sides. It's a quick way to laminate!
I use the same photos and print them as 5x7s or 8x10s. These are placed throughout the media center -- on tables, shelves and the display case in the hall. They are true stars!
I file all Shelf Manager photos in the Shelf Manager folder on the desktop and use these photos in a slide show on the media center's web page and on the TV Info-Loop just behind the Circ Desk. See them at http://bravesread.net. Just watch the photo slides. I am very proud of them!
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I'm a library media specialist, former newspaper editor and freelancer, who uses technology every day to promote and deliver information about reading, literacy, judging resources, researching and writing.