As a library with a paid staff of one (me!), there are some things that simply do not get done. But, there would be many more things undone if not for the amazingly dedicated parent volunteer of the last 14 years, Peggy Coulter. Thank you, Peggy!
When I earned my undergraduate degree in Library Science (way back in 1983!) one of the most emphasized duties was the importance of creating an annual report to review the accomplishments of the year, and also to keep the statistics on money spent, books circulated, children served, and so on. Over the years, I’ve faithfully done this. First on a typewriter, Yikes! And, then, as a Word document. It’s about time that I updated to a digital format! Thanks to a new colleague and friend on the Model Curriculum Committee, Katie Miller of Chambersburg Area Middle School – North, I selected Lib Guides as the tech tool to use. Lib Guides is a content management system used by over 4000 public, academic, and school libraries world wide. We pay an annual subscription fee for Lib Guides and I use it to create research project pathfinders, reading promotion, and other tools for ours students all year long. I think Lib Guides will provide a professional, yet personalized way to reflect on the achievements and goals for the Grove City Middle School Library!
2013-14 has been a very positve year for the GCMS LMC! Student use of the library is up and there have been new opportunities for collaboration with various teachers in their subject areas. This was the year that our first group of sixth graders left us for the high school. It has been so much fun watching that first group of sixth graders mature and become better learners and school citizens. I was not one of the teachers who had reluctance about bringing sixth grade into our Middle School format, though I did have concerns about providing appropriate reading material for them. After these first 3 years, I can say that having this grade brings a playfulness and enthusiasm for learning to the whole building. Regarding materials appropriate for their reading levels and interests, I think that after three years, the collection is about where it needs to be in this area. Last year, I spent more money on lower level non-fiction books. Whereas, in the previous two years, I had focused on grade-appropriate fiction. So, I think our collection is on its way to being a quality 6-8th grade level resource.
This school year also saw a continuation of the expansion of online tools for students to use. More e-Books were added, databases continued to be promoted and used by various classes... we are truly a 24-7 resource for our students!
Thank you for taking the time to read this report. As always, if you have any questions about this report or the GCMS library, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
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