I was blog hopping recently and found a fabulous idea for cataloging a classroom library! Mrs. Wiggins, a third grade teacher from Virginia, shares about using GuruLib to set up a digital library catalog for her classroom. I love how she was able to sort her books to fit her classroom needs and how her students can use the library to find books in her room! What an awesome use of a digital tool!
I decided to investigate further by signing up and creating a library catalog for myself. You can check out my catalog here.
You can find and enter books to your library by title, author, isbn number or even scanning the bar code using a web cam.
I was able to find almost every book from my classroom library...even very old books. I tried scanning a few bar codes. I was only able to scan two books using the camera on my MacBook. It seems like the lighting had to be just right to get the bar codes to scan.
I thought it might take me a long time to enter the books, but it was very quick and easy.
You can also categorize your library into shelves.
This would allow students to easily scan the books in your classroom to find a reading selection. It also offers you a nice record of the books in your room. Definitely worth a look and make sure to check out the blog, Wiggins World for more great teaching ideas!