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School Library Aides and Volunteers: Partners for Success. Dr. Sunni Johnson Northwest ISD Why do we need student aides?. Budget cuts Relate to other students Bring students in the library Student ownership Frees up time to get all our tasks done!. Recruiting.

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School Library Aides and Volunteers: Partners for Success

Dr. Sunni Johnson

Northwest ISD

Why do we need student aides?

  • Budget cuts

  • Relate to other students

  • Bring students in the library

  • Student ownership

  • Frees up time to get all our tasks done!


  • Word of mouth

  • Signage

  • Announcements

  • Website

  • Facebook

  • Counselors

  • Teachers

Top 10 reasons to be a library aide


  • Scheduling time!!!

  • Application- all three aides

  • Ranking

  • Schedule

  • Teacher references

Rules and Regulations

As a student aide I agree to the following:

I will serve as a positive role model for my peers

I will be respectful to personnel, parents, visitors, and other students

I will keep school and personal information confidential

I will be responsible and trustworthy and behave in a mature manner

I will follow all school policies and procedures

I will stay in my assigned area

I will not have personal phone calls

I will not give out hall passes without permission

I will not allow anyone to access to the office without a pass

I will have school work or a book to keep me busy in the event that the staff does not have work for me.

  • Students must have:

    • passing grades

    • satisfactory conduct

    • positive attitude

    • good attendance

    • on time

    • dress code

Choosing library aides

  • What choice?

  • Scheduling issues

  • How many per period?

  • 7th and 8th graders

  • Check references

  • Accommodate, Accommodate, Accommodate

Library Boot Camp

  • Expectations and confidentiality

  • Survey

  • Scavenger hunt

  • Training videos

    • Destiny circulation

    • Destiny Quest

  • Training on the job

  • Test!!!!


Boot camp week

  • Monday: Getting to know you and you getting to know the library.

  • Tuesday: Destiny and Quest video

  • Wednesday: Learning how to shelve

  • Thursday: Practice shelving

  • Friday: Test!

  • Monday: Supervised chaos

Training Videos

  • Getting to know the library

  • Destiny circulation

  • Destiny Quest

Jobs and Grading

Library Aides Daily Duties

This list should be followed everyday, every period

  • Check in for attendance and put on library aide badge.

  • Check in any books in the book drops. (Remember to take out due date cards!!!)

  • Shelve any books that are on the black cart at the circulation desk.

  • Check your shelves daily. Make sure your books are in order and brought to the edge of the shelf. (This is the largest portion of your grade)

  • Stamp due date cards. Check and make sure we have enough for today and tomorrow. There should be at least a 2 inch stack in each basket by the scanners.

  • Push in chairs and pick up books, pencils, and trash in the research area.

  • Check the Extra Jobs list and with Ms. Johnson or Mrs. Maples to see if there is anything that needs to be done.

  • Monitor the circulation desk at all times.

  • If all duties are finished, you may work on homework, read, or work on the puzzle but you must stay quiet and stay close to the circulation desk.

Shelf Assignments

  • Fiction- approx. 12 shelves- colored

  • Nonfiction- approx. 8 shelves- numbered

Retaining library aides“I want a schedule change!!!”

  • Ownership- Who is in charge?

  • Choice

  • Change it up

  • Get to know your students

  • Tell them they are important

  • Special privileges

Not a perfect world

  • Shelves

  • Books checked out

  • Books checked in

  • Holds

  • Due date cards

  • Student IDs

Getting past the challenges

  • Let go of the control!!!!

  • Patrons are resilient

  • Don’t touch the cash!!

  • “STOP”

  • Check the shelves

  • Grades

If they do all that, what do I do?

  • Co-teach with all content areas

  • Give students individual attention

  • Give teachers individual attention

  • Order books

  • Manage contests and book of the month

  • Manage the aides

  • Etc.

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