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Thank you for taking time to look at this year's GCMS LMC 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 on a typewriter!) when I first started at GCMS Library.
2015-16 was a good one for the GCMS LMC! Student use of the library is extensive. New learning activities were created, some research projects were revamped or expanded, and many excellent resources were added for our students and teachers.
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. The fiction section continues to grow and become even a larger percentage of the collection as a whole.
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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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 16 years, Peggy Coulter. Thank you, Peggy!