Library Report

August - December 2014

Library Visitors

The library is a very popular place to come before school. Our library visitors have dropped significantly due to required library passes at lunch.
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Classes and Group Visits

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What the students are checking out

OverDrive Downloadable Library

These are some of the most popular books downloaded by Hays students. They can read them on their smartphones, tablets, computers, and eReaders 24/7.

  • HHS has the highest number of downloads in the district- almost 100 more than the school with the 2nd highest downloads!


Library and Online Resources

  • Books Checked Out - 4,457
  • Books Downloaded from OverDrive- 258
  • Total Downloadable OverDrive Books - 829
  • Britannica online sessions - 4,935
  • EBSCO online sessions - 1,398
  • Rebels Library website visits - 10,799

Library Instruction

Lessons Taught

  • Norton - Lauren helped students find resources and use library databases.
  • Romero - Lauren taught Romero's Spanish students how to use MovieMaker for their commercial projects.
  • V. King - Lauren taught King's English students how to use library resources and Prezi for their presentations.
  • Cook - Lauren helped many students use MovieMaker for their silent movie projects.
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Total number of classes using the Library Main Floor, Blue and Red Rooms = 630

Instructional Support

Resources Provided

  • Greer - Lauren pulled quotation books for speech classes.
  • Tapscott - Lauren updated the Canterbury Tales research page for English IV research.
  • Manning - Nancy and Kathy created a resource list and pulled books on religions for World Geography students.
  • Valentino - Kathy organized headsets for Spanish students to use for their multimedia projects.
  • Lauren created a Research page on the library website.
  • Lauren updated the Online Resources page on the library website with all the databases included in EBSCO package.
  • Displayed student projects from Hart, Davis, Manning, and Niendorff's classes on our digital picture frames.
  • Displayed sculptures from Milligan's students in display cases and Reference area.
  • Lauren and Kathy reserved all the library and computer labs for teachers, testing, and other district meetings during regular class time.
  • Lauren created a Rebels Library YouTube channel to organize playlists of videos by content area.


Lauren sponsors Anime Club, 2 Lunch Book Clubs, and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Club.

  • Anime Club meets on Wednesdays after school to watch and discuss Anime and Manga graphic novels.
  • Book Clubs meet during lunch. We are planning our field trip to the Texas Teens 4 Libraries event at TLA this April.
  • NaNoWriMo winners have been meeting on Thursdays after school to finalize their novels and get them ready for submission by June.

Promotion and Displays



OverDrive Community Showcase

  • January 21, 2014 from 5-7 PM
  • To promote our OverDrive Downloadable Collection, we invited students, teachers, and parents from our feeder schools to learn about how to download books onto their own devices.
  • All participants were eligible to win a Nook! We had over 25 families from different schools attend.

Library Business


  • Librarians ordered new fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, many from student suggestions on the library website.
  • Librarians ordered new videos based on teacher requests.
  • Nancy worked on weeding the 300s section in the nonfiction, discarding many outdated books and transferring useful books in good condition to other schools.
  • Kathy received and processed new books and deselected weeded books, based on librarians' instructions. She instructed student library aides on processing and deselecting tasks they could help with.
  • Began checking our 3 Chromebooks out to students to take home.
  • Kathy started nonfiction inventory and taught student aides how to scan with the Dolphin scanner.
  • Kathy transferred reassigned books to and from other campuses for the whole district.
  • Kathy cataloged and processed all new technology equipment, including 30 CTE Chromebooks and 40 mini laptops.

Professional Development and Meetings

  • Lauren attended the Texas Computer Educators Association (TCEA) Conference in February. She presented what she learned at the February librarians' meeting.
  • Nancy attended monthly Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) meetings.
  • Lauren attended weekly department chair meetings.
  • Lauren and Nancy attended monthly librarian meetings with other librarians in the district.


  • Organize at least one more contest for students this year.
  • Update the Teacher Tools website for teacher resources.
  • Begin working on end-of-year procedures, especially tasks student aides can help with.
  • Finish weeding the outdated and uncirculating books in the 300s.
  • Finalize inventory.