The News is Out! After four years at Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary School, I am moving back to middle school. I am now the new school librarian at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee. Thrilled, excited, anxious to get to work, sad to leave my old school, and so happy to think about the faces of my former students when they see me at their new school. Those are just some of my emotions. It took three car trips to take my things across the street and a mile down the road, and I was moved out in a morning.
Communication. One of the first things I did was set up my new twitter page @mybaileylibrary
Welcome to Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School LIBRARY! I am Ms Chen, your new school librarian and I love to read, learn, and use my tech!
— baileyreads (@mybaileylibrary) June 13, 2015
When I walked in the library, I was excited to see a MakerSpace in place. The possibilities! The ongoing collaboration with Vanderbilt University Scientists. It’s going to be such an exciting new year.
Book Collection. I’m already identifying areas of improvement where I hope I can make a difference right away. For example, I happened to walk by the 793-799 section (sports, music, fun) and only found 1.5 shelves of books as you can see in the illustration to the left. When I first went to Cotton, I had the same exact scenario. By immediately purchasing some sports titles, I was able to engage new readers. Even though I will be at a STEM school and will focus on STEM titles, I won’t neglect student interests. This shelf happened to be right beside the door so I want it to draw student’s attention.
Programming. I’m putting up the big calendar and planning for the next year so there’s something exciting to look forward to. I am so fortunate to be able to chat with the former librarian to be able to continue the exciting projects from last year. Since the students were so enthusiastic about Battle of the Books and other monthly contests, let’s have a student advisory group.