[aisle] Library updates and remodel

Michelle Shippy mshippy at dakota201.com
Thu Sep 19 08:38:43 CDT 2019

My superintendent has charged me with the task of redesigning and
reconfiguring what our district's libraries need to look like and contain
in order to make our facilities "21st century".  He really didn't give me
any boundaries (which makes me feel more overwhelmed than liberated), so I
thought I would ask all of you what tangible things (furniture, displays,
shelving, technology, etc.) and intangible (online resources and the like)
are "must haves".

I serve two libraries (preK-6 and 7-12) with a population of nearly 900
students district wide.  Both libraries have a bank of computers for
student use and recently added SMART panels for instructional purposes.
The district library budget is roughly $20,000, but some of that is always
earmarked for things that I don't necessarily feel are library related but
admin takes them out of the budget anyway.

I guess what I am asking is a blend of practical recommendations and wish
list items.  Our admin team is fairly focused on aesthetics right now, so
I'm sure furniture will be on the must purchase list from their

Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Michelle Shippy
Dakota CUSD #201
Library Information Specialist
mshippy at dakota201.com
844-632-5682 x384

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