Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Does the word backlog mean anything to you? If you are a librarian it has a special meaning. Backlog refers to the books waiting to be cataloged. This is our backlog at our elementary school.
Thanks to a couple of awesome volunteers it has shrunk dramatically in the last couple of months. I thought of this when I read Joyce Valenza's post, 2011: The year to be fierce. One of the directives is to delegate and one of the tasks I need to delegate is cataloging. If there is a choice between being in the classroom or sitting at my desk, the classroom will win every time. That means that books are going to sit on the cart.
I am so lucky to have smart, enthusiastic, detail-oriented volunteers to download our bibliographic records and do the hands-on processing. It makes a tremendous difference.