Library Annual Report 2015-2016
Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School
Highlights from the year
- Winning a Scholastic Book Fair President's Award for Exceptional Performance for Crew Initiative for our Fall Book Crew which included $500.00 of Scholastic Books.
- Distributing textbooks once during the year for our new A/B schedule.
- Presenting our databases and Sacramento Public Library homework support to our students and their parents at Parent University in September.
- Celebrating Banned Book Week.
- Collaborating with Sacramento Public Librarians (Elsie Mak from the Elk Grove branch and Nathan Milos from the Valley Hi branch).
- Collaborating with 8th-grade English Language Arts classes on researching the Holocaust.
- Collaborating with Mr. Villalobos's EL History classes to research United States Civil War battles in 8th-grade and notable Renaissance figures in 7th-grade.
- Reading and discussing Guided Inquiry Design by Kuhlthau, Maniotes, and Caspari in our Library Steering Committee.
- Celebrating May the 4th with a Star Wars Scavenger Hunt.
- Conducting a Scholastic Spring Book Fair with a Greek mythology theme.
While class visitations seemed to be lower this year (which I attributed to teachers adjusting to the new A/B schedule), teachers and their classes still participated in library orientations, and teachers with an established history of visiting the library for research continued to utilize the library and its resources.
All 7th-grade students participated in a general library orientation in August.
Book Crew Success!
I continued to present Digital Learning segments at our staff meetings which introduce our teachers to free technology they could use with their students, for presentation, for information and for organization. A highlight of these presentations was demonstrating Plickers, a student response system, to the group. Many teachers began using this free Web 2.0 technology in their classrooms. During Pre-Service, I reviewed our Library resources such as EBSCOHost, Grolier Online, NoodleTools and WebPath Express with staff and encouraged them to use these resources with Chromebooks in the classroom as well as visit the library.
Our liaison with the Sacramento Public Library continues to flourish. Elsie Mak of the Elk Grove SPL branch provided forms for students to sign up for library cards during our first Parent University. She even personally delivered SPL library cards for students who had signed up to our campus! She attended our Parent University's Readapalooza in November to promote SPL services. Nathan Milos fro the Valley Hi Branch met with Annette Klein and me to share programs held at his branch. We publicized his summer programs. A few members of our Book Crew serve as Teen Advisory members for the Valley Hi Branch.
We continued to notify parents and guardians of overdue materials with mailings sent in February and April. Other ways we notified students were through School Loop mail and news, report card holds and the Library No Activities List. Our library technicians were also able to make phone calls to the families of students who had many textbooks overdue to encourage them to return these items.
Goals for 2016-17
- Continue to learn more about Guided Inquiry Research and the possibilities of this method supporting students to become stronger researchers, writers, and critical thinkers and introduce this practice to Harris teachers.
- Continue to work toward the goal of providing individual Destiny account access for students and staff which will allow access to WebPath Express and our e-book collection.
- Work with staff to implement the use of Google Classroom and other Google applications and coach them when needed.
- Provide more events in the library to promote reading, research and the safe use of technology.
- Continue to share technology tools and research strategies with staff through time at staff meetings, department meetings, and workshops.
- Promote our Library Services with staff, students, and parents.
- Continue to collaboration with my fellow library colleagues to develop best practices in teaching research and technology use, promoting reading, and maintaining quality library services.