The LMC is a place for ALL students!
These are just a few of the students who worked in the GCMS Library Media Center this year.
All students are welcome to apply and as many as possible are scheduled to work during 5th period when the library is open.
Library Helpers check out books for other students, and check in books that have been returned. The shelve books and help with
clerical tasks as needed. And, this year during May and June, several more students helped with inventory and weeding of library materials. But....more importantly, the LMC is a safe and welcoming place were all students can contribute!
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 15 years, Peggy Coulter. Thank you, Peggy!
Thank you for taking time to look at the GCMS Library Media Center End of the Year Report!
End of the Year reports help me take stock of what has been accomplished in all areas of the LMC program including collection development, effective spending, programing for reading promotion, student use of the library, and most importantly student achievement as influenced by the instructional use of the LMC's in house and online resources! Also, the End of the Year report reflects by professional activities outside the school walls and is a tool for the stake holders (teachers, board, community members, and so on) to become more aware of the LMC program!
This report is created using Lib Guides, 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. Hopefully, Lib Guides provides a professional, yet personalized way to reflect on the achievements and goals for the Grove City Middle School Library! It certainly is a far cry from the Annual Reports I used to type (yes, t y p e!) when I first started at GCMS Library.
2014-15 was a good one for the GCMS LMC! Student use of the library strong and new learning activities were created. Several new research projects were started in 7th grade Reading and 8th grade Reading classes in particular. And, some of the "older" research projects were revamped and improved, like the 6th grade State brochure project, and the 8th grade Congressional info glogster project.
Collection development continues to be a priority for me. This is important because I have spent 30 years getting to know what is in our collection; in fact, I have selected most of what is here! From discussions with our other district librarians, I understand that it is difficult for a new person to come into a library and immediately see what needs to be weeded (due to datedness or low usage) and what needs to be added. So for these last few years of my career, I will be making a push to discard what is no longer useful, and strengthen those areas that are heavily used and valuable to the curriculum. This will definitely involve discarding much more reference and non-fiction materials -- to be replaced with e-books and databases. There will also be an increase in acquisition of narrative style non-fiction, to be read for pleasure, not to satisfy research needs.
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.
Grove City Middle School
Library Media Center