School Libraries Transform Learning!
School libraries provide equitable physical and intellectual access to the resources and tools required for learning in a warm, stimulating, and safe environment! Increasing amounts of information demand students aquire the skills to select, evaluate, and use information appropriately and effectively. School librarians ensure their students have the best chance to succeed. Take a look at this great ALA Infographic to see how School Librarians impact student learning!
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 my 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!
Thank you for taking time to look at this report. Notice the navigational tabs across the top which will take you to: Statistics, Collaboration & Teaching, Professional Activities & Committees, Programs, and Goals.
2016-2017 was another busy one in the GCMS LMC! “Old” projects were continued, revamped and improved upon. Student use of the library is extensive, their reading of fiction for pleasure continues to expand. 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 continues to 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-- check out the easy-read-along book on the STATISTICS page! And, 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
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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 17 years, Peggy Coulter. Thank you, Peggy!