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!