The first two days

One of the challenges of a new school year is checking out all of the textbooks.  In my new job, I just happen to be “in charge” of all the textbooks across the district, K-12.  In California, we are now bound by a law called the “Williams Act” which requires every school district to certify that every student has a standards-aligned textbook within the first eight weeks of the school year (which is a good).  So, the first two days of the school year have been making sure our textbook check out system is working – nudging the responsible parties to make sure the data in the system is correct and reminding library staff how it all works.   At our school sites, we are doing our best to get all of the textbooks checked out to all students in the first week.

Textbooks are just one of the things we do in school libraries so we can get on to the stuff that really matters! And doing the library stuff we love to do – connecting kids and teachers to books, teaching kids how to find the best information on the Internet, collaborating with teachers, and selecting new books!

In addition to this, it has been exciting to open up two new schools with new libraries and library staff – Clovis North Educational Center and Bud Rank Elementary.

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3 Responses to “The first two days”


  1. 1 Megan Fuller August 25, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Textbooks are always a challenge. The challenge I am currently facing is what to do about the textbooks that are not “standards-aligned”. The supplimental material which the district ordered for my site, without my input, were ordered in insufficient numbers for each student to receive a copy. Can’t you just picture it? Below grade level students, sharing a textbook. The teachers are foaming at the mouth, who gets what and how many? Parents demanding their child get a copy. Yikes. “Williams” has led to certain expectations, people look at a textbook and see a textbook, not “standards”.

  2. 2 Joe Mahoney September 12, 2007 at 6:55 am

    This Blog is great! You should consider submitting some of your links to this neat new site called StudentUP.com ! You can link your blog entries, get voted and get more people to view your site. Thanks for the good material. Cheers!

  3. 3 Joe Mahoney September 12, 2007 at 6:57 am

    This Blog is great! You should consider submitting some of your links to this neat new site called StudentUP.com ! You can link your blog entries, get voted and get more people to view your site. Thanks for the good material. Cheers!


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