MRMS Library Media Center

2014-2015 Annual Report

Looking back...

2014-2015 was a successful year in the library media center @ MRMS. Genrefication of the regular collection and class set reorganization were two goals for this year and they are well on their way to be completed in the fall. Mrs. Brandon had a USC intern, Eleanore Langley, who quickly became a fixture for the duration of her internship. Students and staff missed her when her time was up. We have had some very capable and dependable student helpers this year and we hope they will be able to assist us next year as well.

Collaborations with teachers included research and information seeking opportunities on the following topics: genetics (GMOs), shipwrecks, global warming, WWII, video creation (waves, book reviews). Our collaborative opportunities increased this year and we look forward to even more next year.

Our collection has grown considerably, both print and digitally. While most of our students continue to read print books, we have had some students enjoy our digital collections and we foresee higher digital usage next year. Our circulations increased this year even though our student population decreased. Outside of school our students have access to all digital shelves via apps on their iPads or personal devices: Axis360, Follett Shelf, and Overdrive.

We hosted 3 book fairs, including one BOGO, to ensure our students had access to new reading materials throughout the year and during the summer. Based on student and teacher reactions, book fairs were well received. PTO generously purchased books for teacher members at the fall fair. In addition, Mrs. Brandon had free book giveaways at all three book fairs.

Our students consistently accessed our resources throughout the school year with classes as well as independently. To encourage usage and reading, we participated in and promoted the SC Junior Book Award program, R2RC (Richland 2 Reader's Challenge), and held Fine Free Week during School Library Week (April) where students could return overdue items and have those fines waived. We also continue to welcome student book reviews, waiving fines for books that are reviewed. In addition, we hosted a variety of meetings and events in the media center this year, affirming our space as a hub in the school.

See infographics below for specific data regarding our busy school year.

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Instruction and Collaboration Opportunities

  • DISCUS - how to find resources and how to transfer information to EasyBib, Notability or Google Docs
  • EasyBib - creating citations, bibliographies, and using the EasyBib app to build a list of resources
  • Resource Lists in Destiny - teachers learned how to create resource lists and how to share these lists with their students to provide quality links and materials for research needs
  • Destiny Quest app - accessing student accounts via the app, finding resources on a resource list, searching WebPath Express
  • Brytewave (Follett Shelf) - accessing and downloading eBooks through Destiny into this app, reference collection available here
  • Axis360 - accessing and downloading eBooks into axisReader app
  • Genres - each month we focused on genres with several ELA teachers, creating specific genre displays to help students identify and locate materials for their IRP (individual reading projects)
  • Book Trailers and Book Reviews - to encourage writing and reading, we provided instruction on creating book trailers and guidelines for creating book reviews; students are encouraged to create both as a way to clear their overdue fines in Destiny
  • Studio 1031, Mustang Watch, digital signs, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook pages - Mrs. Brandon serves as one of MRMS' news coordinators so the media center is a place for information collection as well as disseminating information via Mustang Watch, digital signs, and posting information/photos on social media
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2015-2016 Goals

  • My continued focus for the media center program is to work with students and teachers in hopes that they will be independent readers. The genre organization of our collection should help students locate books to read independently. As our collection ages, this gives me opportunities to ask students for more title requests. In addition, teachers have used a variety of literature in their classrooms, which I hope increases next year. Click here to see our MRMS Collection Development Plan.
  • Since our students are not going to have school issued iPads next year, access to our digital collections remains a concern for me. Students will not want to read a fiction novel on their Chromebooks. How do we make our digital collections attractive to our students? My goal for next year is to increase visibility of certain areas of our collection, whether by physical displays, advertising on digital signs, book trailers, PSAs, etc...
  • Increasing collaboration with teachers - this is a common goal each year for all media specialists but as we become more maker-oriented, we'd like to work with students and teachers in a video makerspace (Studio 1031) using WeVideo on Chromebooks as well as the MacBooks and iMacs we have available.
  • Convergence Media Program - Studio 1031 is a convergence media class taught by Mr. John Walker with Mrs. Brandon as adviser. Mustang Watch and yearbook are both produced in this class. A large number of students applied and were accepted into the 2015 class so we have high hopes for next year.
  • Community of MRMS Readers - I have been working toward building a community of readers (teachers, students, and parents) and hope to continue next year by teaching another Reading in the Middle class aimed at middle school teachers in addition to my continued participation in the Richland 2 Reader's Challenge, SC Junior Book Award program, the new SC DOE book challenge, and possibly a Summer Reading Festival, planned by our CES, Mrs. Emily Eberlin.

Professional Development

  • Member of school leadership team, tech team, middle-level LMS Overdrive rep for district, school news coordinator, summer reading committee member
  • SCASL member, current member of Picture Book Award Committee
  • Taught T for 2 class, Reading in the Middle, with 2 other LMSs
  • Conferences/Training attended outside of school: Scholastic Reading Summit (July 2015), ISTE in Philadelphia (June/July 2015), SCASL in Columbia (March 2015), R2 District Library Media Specialist Summer Institute (June 2014), SC Midlands Summit in Blythewood (June 2014), DISCUS webinars, Booklist webinars, Scholastic webinars
  • Owner of Brandon's Book Blog
  • Joined #bookbootcamp group of SC library media specialists as a presenter/facilitator
  • Curator of articles useful for middle level teachers

About us

We're open from 7 am to 3 pm most school days. There is a faculty/staff self-service workroom w/ copier/printer/scanner, Variquest cutout maker, Poster Maker, and a hot laminator located in the media center. In addition, our Studio 1031 convergence media program operates out of the media center studio. We have 4 iMacs available for student/faculty use in addition to a device charging station and a Windows desktop for student/faculty use at the circulation desk.

Mrs. Brandon, Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Miller, Library Media Assistant