Annual Report 2017-18
Clover Middle School Library Media Center
At a Glance:
Print items in collection: 12,438
Number of e-books in collection: 130
Number of audiobooks: 43
Books per student: 14 (S.C. Standards recommend 10)
Average Age of Collection: 11 years old (2007)
- Book circulations increased slightly from last year.
- Fiction continues to dominate over nonfiction.
- When surveyed, students consistently say they prefer print books over e-books.
- We currently have 130 e-books in our collection.
- Surprisingly, our e-book usage increased significantly this year!
Circulations by Genre:
- Humor remains the most popular genre (due largely to Diary of a Wimpy Kid books), followed by fantasy and realistic fiction.
- There was an increase in animal stories, adventure, and sports fiction read this year.
- There was a decrease in realistic fiction, science fiction, and paranormal read this year.
Media Center Visits:
- We served 704 classes this year, which is 124 classes less than last year.
- 4-5 classes visit the media center each day, mostly for book checkouts.
- We operate on a partially flexible schedule, as ELA classes visit the media center bi-weekly on the same days. Other teachers sign up for research or the use of the media center as needed.
- On an average day, 150 individual/non-class “walk-in” students visit the media center for printing, book checkouts/returns, reading, taking tests, project work, etc. Many students also enjoy the media center as a quiet place to rest and relax before school and during lunch.
- Eagle Pride (before school) remains a popular time for students to use the media center. We normally have approx. 30 students each morning to read, check out books, study, etc.
- After experiencing growth over the past three years, our word count dropped significantly this year.
- The students qualifying for 500K each quarter continue to decrease each year.
- More students are on iPads (watching YouTube videos and playing games) and hands-on activities during lunch and Eagle Pride time in the media center. Fewer students are reading books and magazines.
- How do we make reading as fun and engaging as technology and these other activities?
- Is there a more motivating 500K reward than food and prizes?
Library Activities = Fun Times!
Interactive Bulletin Boards
Stick Together posters were a huge hit!
Goals for 2018-19:
- Increase reading and word count
- Develop a working knowledge of and begin implementing the new National School Library Standards in our media center
- Collaborate more with teachers to offer assistance with research and projects
- Increase the number of books in our fiction collection
- Update the nonfiction collection by purchasing more relevant, current, and high-interest books (48% of our collection is aged; 19% is 2013 or newer)
- Decrease average age of collection by one year
- Continue promoting reading and increasing circulation