So what changed? For me, it wasn't an epiphany or major event. It began with a change in position and the wonderful conversations that happen every day because I now have a co-teacher librarian. Jen planted the seed with a simple question on how I felt about genrefying the collection. Being the newbie on the block, I listened...and the idea had many more merits than I was able to see from my position on the far side of the fence.
As my blog title might give away, I did what I love to do - research! I read blogs, looked at signage, scoured Evernote entries for my conference notes. What finally jumped off every page, post, and debate was that genrefication would be good for students. If we aren't willing to do what we feel is beneficial for them, what will help make reading more accessible, what are we protecting? The alphabetical filing of fiction books? That's not a sufficient argument for me anymore.
Jen and I recently sat down to brainstorm genres and to investigate different labeling options. The exciting thing is that we have begun the process!
My next post will go into the trials and tribulations of genrefication in the MARC records.