Boulder Elementary School reorganized its library using the Metis Innovations as a guideline beginning the summer of 2015. The design of Metis Innovations encourages productive, independent browsing by children and allows for successful catalog searching by elementary students. The goal was a more user-friendly library for younger students and to increase the circulation of all books and materials.
Koha, an online catalog, was created during the library’s reorganization, allowing the Boulder Community to quickly know what resources are available in our library and track checked-out materials. Boulder Elementary School hopes to work with the Boulder Town Library to organize the children’s section using the same created catalog system.
This project came to fruition after Elizabeth Julian read the article, “Are Dewy’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System,“ in the School Library Journal. She then contacted the librarians at the Ethical Cultural Fieldston School, a private preschool through fifth-grade school in New York City, who created Metis Innovations. The project was possible due to partial funding from the School Land Trust and many dedicated Boulder community volunteers.