D-West Library Report

November 2015


D-West Instruction

Blended Student Orientations: Provided orientation sessions for new Ivy Academy Blended Learning students

Research Paper, English 11: Libguide - 5 days of instruction on digital tools, all databases, books and e-books, note taking, setting up an outline

National Geographic Magazine Project: Libguide - Instruction on use of CIA World Factbook, setting up a google doc to mimic a Magazine, using Research Tools and Templates in Google Docs, creating an infographic using Canva

Research Paper, English 12: Handout-- overview of library resources and passwords, individual conferencing with students.

Eyes on China Project: Completed with Reading Classes, this project was set up within the teachers' Schoology pages. Instruction on technology and information access in China, compared to USA. We accessed and utilized Instagram and searched for relevant images via Google, and provided instruction on how to upload images to Schoology.

9th Grade Outside Read: Large book selection pulled to match themes of 9th grade outside read unit. Book pass in library.

Persuasive Speeches, English 9: Libguide, screencast on how to use Screencast-o-matic, presentation on using Power Point with sound, related handouts and full instruction on Easybib Pro, databases, books, e-books, research process, outlining, and developing a presentation. This year, we added the digital presentations to the final product!

Google Drive Instruction: Direct instruction on Google Drive, Docs, and Presentations to learning support students.

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Collaboration, Professional Development, and Meetings

Collaboration with DASD Librarians

Met with Mr. Jaffe to work on libguides.

Collaboration with West Teachers

Collaborated with reading teachers to design two projects that integrate reading and technology in an authentic way and with two other teachers on designing instruction in Schoology.

Outside Professional Development

  • Access PA Training: Attended full day training on new interlibrary loan system and database instruction.
  • Webinar: Coding in the Library

Committees and Meetings

  • SAS Team meetings: Monday and Wednesdays, period 6
  • PAC Team meetings
  • Tech Innovator Drop in Support Session

Events and Programming

Hunger is Not a Game Food Drive

Students collected and donated 60 food items to The Lord's Pantry in Downingtown.

Poetry on the Poles

  • Creative Writing Students decorated our chalkboard poles with their art and poetry.


  • TCHS Presentations to West students
  • West Chester Student Ambassadors speak to selected West students


Parent Volunteer

  • Pia Disanto, every Tuesday AM

Student Volunteers

  • Abby Mortimore- pd 2
  • Anne-Laure Razat- pd 4
  • Alexa Zavitsanos- pd 4
  • Emily Dunn- pd 6
  • Kyra Lefkof- pd 6
  • Julia Booz - pd 7

Numbers and Statistics

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In the above graph, the bottom axis represents days in November, with each dot representing the next date. The right axis is numbers of students signed in.
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The above chart represents student sign ins in October by period.

Circulation Statistics

  • Total circulations: 504 (October: 697 / September: 439)

Easy Bib Statistics


  • 224 projects created
  • 1353 unique visitors


  • 271 projects created
  • 1477 unique visitors

Gale Database Statistics

October summary:

Sessions: 3,702

Searches: 9, 595

September summary:

Sessions: 506

Searches: 1,172

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Library Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the library program in the Downingtown Area School District is to provide a dynamic learning environment that instills essential 21st century literacy skills through direct and collaborative instruction and the use of a wide variety of print and digital resources. Our goal is to ensure that students have the opportunity to become inquiring and engaged global citizens who are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.

Michelle Nass, Librarian, Downingtown West

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