CDHS Media Center

2016-2017 Year in Review

Mission Statement

The mission of the CDHS Media Center is to:

  • Provide open access to information
  • Promote free exchange of ideas
  • Prepare students to be future-ready, globally competitive digital leaders
  • Inspire students to become lifelong readers and learners

Vision Statement

The CDHS Media Center is the community center of the school, an active learning space where people come together to read, learn, share ideas, and create.
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Data and Conclusions

New Digital Sign-in

This semester, we replaced our old sign-in notebook with a digital sign-in Google Form so we can track how students use the library. So far we've had over 1650 sign-ins! What else we found out:

  • Most popular time to visit - before school or during lunch
  • Most popular reason to visit - book checkout/return (though a large percentage of students come to use the space or a computer, work on projects, and study)
  • Most popular subject to work on - English, followed by Social Studies

Conclusion: Even though the presence of Chromebook carts in classrooms has reduced the number of whole classes who visit the library, students continue to come to the library on their own or in small groups for a variety of reasons. This is in keeping with our move toward a learning commons environment and supports the initiatives outlined in our mission statement.

Collection Analysis

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Circulation Statistics By Grade Level

9 - 667

10 -732

11 - 655

12 - 698

Staff - 242

Total 2993

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Most Popular Book - 13 Reasons Why

High school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Making Our Space More User-Friendly


Reading Programs


Read 2 Succeed Grant: Reaching the Reluctant Reader

One of our biggest accomplishments this year was being one of 5 recipients of a NCSLMA Read 2 Succeed Grant. With the grant money, we purchased $1000 of books to support the Sustained Silent Reading Project. Ms. Steed met with Mrs. Perkins' students multiple times, both individually and as a class, to place an order that reflected what they truly wanted to read. Most students who were part of this initiative completed the SSR project successfully and some have already read beyond their requirements for the next project. In addition to increasing students' chances for success, we were able to add several high-interest books to our library collection that will serve all of our students.

We also gained valuable knowledge about student reading habits: the main reasons students stop reading in high school are (1) lack of time, and (2) lack of choice. Knowing this makes it very clear how important it is to support the the SSR project, and to provide students time to read in class, in order to create lifelong readers.

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New Technology

  • 2 new Chromebook carts that all staff can use
  • Upgraded Media Center computers
  • Brand new lab in MC 3
  • Makey Makey, Google Cardboard, Sphero robot, Stikbot, Green Screen
  • A special thank you to Mrs. Talent who works daily to keep us up and running!
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Professional Development

  • Participated in regular PLC meetings with other high school librarians
  • Presented at NCSLMA conference ("Partnering with Your Public Library")
  • Attended NCTIES to gain knowledge and resources to support the school library program

Goals for 2017-2018

  • Increase library circulation (strengthen collection, promote what we have)
  • Develop a written collection development plan
  • Increase collaboration with teachers (start with PE classes)
  • Develop SMART goals for Media & Technology Committee
  • Help teachers understand and implement Digital Learning Competencies

  • Continue the high school book club
  • Continue staff book club
  • Continue to meet with high school media coordinators for PLCs
  • Present at NCSLMA & attend NCTIES