OPA School Libraries Annual Report

2014-2015

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Elementary Library: Kim Briggs

Elementary Collection Analysis

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OPA Elementary Collection Analysis

To see the complete analysis check out: OPA Elementary Collection Analysis

Junior Collection Analysis

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OPA Jr. High Collection Analysis

To see the complete analysis check out: OPA Jr. High Collection Analysis

Top Circulating Titles: Elementary

Top Circulating Titles: Jr. High

Circulation Statistics

Historical Total Circulation

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Total Circulation by Grade Level for 2014-2015

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Circulation by Dewey Decimal System for 2014-2015

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Graphic Novel Circulation

Graphic Novels are popular with the students and their circulation continues to increase yearly.

Benefits of Graphic Novels:

  • Graphic novels can be a way to motivate reluctant readers to read who are difficult to reach with traditional texts.
  • Graphic novels can help improve the reading skills of students struggling with language acquisition such as ESL or special needs students.
  • “They require readers to be actively engaged in the process of decoding and comprehending a range of literary devices, including narrative structures, metaphor and symbolism, point of view, and the use of puns and alliteration, intertextuality, and inference.”


Source: http://www.scholastic.com/graphix/Scholastic_BoneDiscussion.pdf

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Spanish and Bilingual Books Circulation

One of the Desired Results of Student Learning of the school is: Students will demonstrate bilingual ability in English and Spanish
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Collaboration

Elementary

K-6th grades:

Pulled materials for lesson plans from school and public libraries, reinforced core curriculum during weekly library time, did in-class presentations on certain genres and made suggestions for materials. Pulled materials to correspond with the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. This year we focused on the theme of Nonfiction and students received in-depth lessons about the Dewey Decimal System. The 5th and 6th grade classes were also taught about how to use the library catalog and how to find quality websites.

Library Skills Immersion: Once a week story times were done in Spanish to the Spanish immersion classes


Junior High

Posted information about school events on school blog. Assisted teachers with updating their blogs. Gathered materials for teachers to assist with lesson plans and units on: primary source documents, the Industrial Revolution, poetry, creating comic books, the seven habits of highly effective teens, pinata making, fundamentals of art, book reports, etc.

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Library Departmental Goals 2014-2015

The goals for the school year 2014-15 were based on the Utah State’s Library Media Program Standards: http://www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/library/Resources/Standards.aspx

Desired Results for Student Learning/Curriculum Goals


  • – Incorporate the School DRSLs into the library media curriculum.
  • Focus on incorporating Spanish into library instruction and reader’s advisory with students.
  • – Increase the library’s collection of bilingual/Spanish titles.
  • – Focus on incorporating the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students into the library
  • – Increase library circulation through book displays, book talking, reader’s advisory, etc.

Desired Results for Student Learning Achievements

  • Incorporated Spanish/bilingual books and 7 habits into library curriculum
  • Weekly storytime in Spanish to Spanish immersion classes
  • Ordered new sticker label for 7 habits books and labeled books
  • Increased library circulation from in 45,319 in 2013-2014 up to 50,257 in 2014-15.

Facilities

  • Create an inviting and attractive atmosphere in the newly built libraries.
  • – Provide signage, labeling, and displays that will encourage students to check out materials and increase circulation.
  • – Offer after school programs to promote usage of the libraries.

Facilities Achievements

  • Created book displays and baskets emphasizing the 7 habits of highly effective kids
  • Periodically changed book displays related to the season
  • Open after school every day and offered a variety of clubs after school

Library Programming

Clubs

Added club information to new clubs website: OPA Aguilas
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The library hosts the following clubs:
  • Yoga Club--Fridays
  • Lego Club 1st to 3rd graders
  • Lego Club 4th to 6th Graders
  • Writing and Storytelling Club 1st to 6th graders
  • 1st and 2nd grade Book Club
  • 3rd and 4th grade Book Club
  • Harry Potter Book Club

Events

  • Scholastic Book Fairs: The Elementary and Jr. High schools both hosted two book fairs in September and May
  • Part of the proceeds from the book fairs went to add new books to the school libraries

Access

  • Inventory and weeding schedule: Inventory and weed the collection to maintain its currency and relevancy.
  • – Explicitly teach students how they can access their library information using the OPAC.

Access Achievements

  • Inventoried and weeded books
  • Taught students to look up books using library catalog
  • Continued to learn new features of library catalog
  • Created public booklists of the Seven Habits in Elementary and Jr. High Catalogs
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Destiny Quest: Elementary

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Destiny Quest Jr. High

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Personnel

  • Pursue professional development opportunities such as: UEN courses, conferences, web casts.
  • – Staff should familiarize themselves with the collection through shelf reading, reading reviews, recommended booklists, publisher’s websites and reading.

Personnel Achievements

  • Congratulations to Dayna Smith who left the library to become a 2nd grade teacher.
  • We welcomed a new staff member: Kim Briggs.
  • Ms. Witt took a variety of courses to add an Educational Technology Endorsement to her teaching license.
  • Staff members studied about and read new books to add to their reader's advisory knowledge.

Policies

  • Continue to abide by school-wide policies and the library circulation policies and procedures.

Policies Achievements

  • Created personal mission statements in Seven Habits Training
  • Created a new library mission statement
  • Incorporated The Leader in Me school-wide initiative through book displays, book labels, book lists, library curriculum, library leaders program, Pinterest, and blogging.

Resources


  • Add materials and titles needed as shown by the collection evaluation and teacher and patron requests: graphic novels, bilingual and Spanish materials, reference, biographies, social sciences, science, and technology, aged sensitivity Dewey ranges.
  • Add titles to the collection that will enhance teacher's use of the Common Core Standards: http://www.corestandards.org

Resources Achievements

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Digital Resources

Utah Pioneer Library

Ask the school librarian for the home access login and password if you want to access Pioneer at home.

Technology

Technology Achievements

  • Created a library Pinterest and Tumblr
  • Continued to update library blogs

Librarians' Favorite Apps

Book Apps

Free Books Online

Budget


  • Continue to keep track of budget expenses on the Y drive.
  • –Research and continue to apply to grants.

Budget Achievements

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Many thanks to the parent and student volunteers who helped out in the library this year.