Counting, Sorting, Checking
We spent the last couple of days counting and organizing books at Cambridge.
This gave us a chance to check all the books were in packs, the packs were labelled correctly, and CDs etc. were in the right place.
It also showed the gaps in our library. I am aiming for at least four packs of each of our ‘core’ sets, and right now we don’t have that -I feel a large book order coming up 😉
We also had a chance to reorganize our shelves to make classes run a bit more smoothly.
Right now our collection broadly looks like this:
Total: 4352 (we also have a couple of hundred books that haven’t been processed yet, or that are sets missing books. I hope to get those integrated soon)
The lower levels (YL 0.1-1.0) consist mainly of sets. We have 1-6 of each set of core books, and mostly one or two sets for supplementary books (see this post for more detail about core and supplementary).
My experience with ER is that libraries are never finished, and it always feels like there aren’t enough books. At the moment the Cambridge library is adequate for our needs (around 60 student in the Academy program, along with about ten who are just borrowing books) but as students move into the intermediate level (YL 1.1+) we’re going to feel the pinch.
We’re also lacking at the advanced level. So another year or two of book buying on the horizon.
Actually, who am I kidding? We probably have decades of book buying on the horizon 🙂
This is one reason I am not too worried about competition in this space. In order to create a similar program, a competitor would need the know-how, millions of yen, and the confidence/desire to make it work.
Our current collection, assembled over the last 13 years, is probably worth well over 3 million yen and we are still ploughing back a big chunk of revenue into books.
Even if someone did manage to create a competitor program in our area, I think there are enough students in Sendai to go around.
I’ll be writing a post about how to start from scratch next, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have any books or budget right now.