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)

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Circulations

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  • Book circulations increased slightly from last year.
  • Fiction continues to dominate over nonfiction.
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E-Book Circulations:

  • 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!
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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.
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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.
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Accelerated Reader

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Reading concerns:

  • 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?
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Library Activities = Fun Times!

Interactive Bulletin Boards

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Stick Together posters were a huge hit!

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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

It was a pleasure serving you and your students this year!

CMS Library Media Center

We're here to help you--all day, every day!

Carmen Boheler, Media Specialist

Chandler Cargill, Media Assistant