Jessica Celli's Capstone

For my capstone, I have reopened the SLA library. We had a soft opening on Thursday, and plan to be fully reopened on Monday. All of the prelabeled books have been restored and reorganized according to traditional library standards. This took longer than I had hoped, I wanted to be open by the new year. Unfortunately, because there are often events and meetings hosted in the space, I could not have proper time in the library in order to move this process along speedily. I also had a lot of hard workers (Thank you Pablo Salvatierra, Matthew Yemola, Harrison Wellner, Zoe Chernowski, Claire Byrnes and CJ Irwin-Diehl) to help me move the hundreds of books into a system that made sense. I hope to be able to hire my interns soon, and begin to discuss the move to Ben Franklin!

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Andrew S. stopped by during our soft opening to grab a book!
Andrew S. stopped by during our soft opening to grab a book!
Using Booksource, our new electron sorting system, to complete checkouts
Using Booksource, our new electron sorting system, to complete checkouts
A reorganized shelf
A reorganized shelf
Andrew S. exploring al the library has to offer
Andrew S. exploring al the library has to offer
Pablo S. checking out a book during our soft opening.
Pablo S. checking out a book during our soft opening.

“15 Interesting JavaScript and CSS Libraries for April 2017.” Tutorialzine,

This is a really interesting source about different library programs that could be used to code a library system. I am not familiar with computer code, but most of the programs come precoded and you can make adjustments to the code if you like. These would be interesting model to follow in the future, if the new head of the library after me is interested in computer sciences and could program their own library system as a capstone. I do not have the knowledge, but it is still good to have these programs in my head in case I decide to choose one of them, and know that I do have the power to arrange the system as I please.

Baird, Nicola. Setting up and running a school library. Peace Corps, Information Collection and Exchange, 2012,

This is a short book that gives step by step instructions on how to open a school library, which I have been following and found very helpful. This book was my inspiration for opening SLA’s library, if the Peace Corps can condense opening a library into 146 pages, I can do it in a school year. The book is written for teachers, but I believe a student could also take this advice to help open the library. On page 16 there is a list of steps a teacher should take generally to open the library, and I have been following the guidelines so far and have been successful in my plans to reopen the space.

Barile, Nancy. “Encouraging Students to Read: How to Get Your High Schoolers to Embrace Books.” Hey Teach!, 6 Dec. 2017,   

This resource is just a small article concerning how to get teenagers interested in reading. My biggest worry with the library would be that I would do all of this hard work, and the community would not use it. I think that with the advice given in this article, I can help get more kids interested in reading, and be able to put the space to it’s best use possible. It’s important to me to not only get the space to be functional again, but to also give the space meaning. This is more of a classroom guide, but I also think it will help the library promote reading in a positive light.


This is a general guide for pricing for most of the library equipment that I would need in order to get the electronic equipment. This is really important for my Braskem pitch in figuring out how much money I will need for all of the equipment, and what equipment I can already get within the school. This source was a really important step for me to figure out if my capstone was a financially viable option for me to do. This resource provided a general price range for scanners, barcode labels, and printers.

“Dewey® Services.” Dewey Services,

This source is where I can buy the physical copies of the complete Dewey Decimal classification and the online version. This would be a helpful resource to have in the library mostly for the people working there, but also for anyone very interested in the system. The web version is very helpful because it constantly updates and changes, with new revisions being added instantly. It would be really great to be able to shelve our books in the most correct way possible. The physical book would be a really great resource to have, but I would choose the web version if I could only have one.

“Follett | K-12 Education Technology, Products, Materials, & Services.” Follett | K-12 Education Technology, Products, Materials, & Services,

This is the website for the creator of an app that could actually link the whole library system to everyone’s chromebook through an extension. I would allow all of the students to check the libraries inventory, status of books, and the status of their checkouts. This could also allow the incorporation of ebooks into the library, which is something that I hadn’t thought of, and would be a great option for the library in the future. This is also the system that the School District of Philadelphia uses for organizing all of the districts libraries into their own systems.  

John, Chad. TED-Ed, TED-Ed,

This video presents a couple different organizational theories for libraries, and teaches the most efficient organization theory for alphabetizing, called Quicksort which could allow you to sort over 1,000 books in hours, compared to the days it would take others. This video is presented by TedEd, a nonprofit that believes in the spreading of knowledge. I found this source useful because it presents ways of organizing books that I had never thought of, and will save me a lot of time in the future, when all of the books will need to placed in their respective order and when I am returning books to their order.

“LibGuides: Library Organization and Classification Systems: Dewey Decimal Classification.” Dewey Decimal Classification - Library Organization and Classification Systems - LibGuides at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 26 June 2017,

This source is from the Illinois University and is an informational breakdown of three different types of official library organizational systems, such as the Dewey Decimal System, and the Library of Congress Classification. This source was really helpful in explaining the Dewey Decimal System, since that wasn’t taught in the classrooms. It also has a really great infographic that explains what all of the numbers on the labeling mean, which would not only help me, but educate other people on the importance of the system. The site also includes an extensive list of all the classes and subdivisions of the system, which is really helpful since I do not have all of the numbers memorized of the system.


FitzHenry, Sarah. “Fitz Between the Shelves Home.” ...Because libraries should be magic.,

This is a great blog recommended to me by Ms. Giknis. It’s a librarian who posts a lot about how she runs her library, and the events she hosts there. She’s a great person of contact should I ever need one, and she runs a great instagram page. This page is most of my influence for how I want to run the SLA instagram page for the library, and shows not only instagram organizational techniques, but library organizational systems and lists of books to include in the library. I really like the style of how Ms. Fitz-Henry organizes her library, and I hope to run the SLA library in a similar manner

Schroeder , Donna . “DDC 22 - Dewey Decimal Classification Edition 22 – Just ...” Kent State University Library, Ohio Library Council , Aug. 2003,,5064.

This source is an article written by the Ohio Library Council about the the Dewey Decimal Classification Volume 22, and what has changed since volume 21. This includes information about the newest changes to the Dewey Decimal System. I want to keep our non fiction section in it’s traditionally Dewey Decimal Organization, but all the new changes may prove this to be very hard. I think this source really brought to my attention that the Dewey Decimal system actually changes a lot, and is still a relevant and ever changing library subject.