D-West Library Report
New Student Orientations: Provided orientation sessions for new DASD 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-- Differentiated for various sections. Small group daily support for students who needed it.
Research Paper, English 12: Handout-- overview of library resources and passwords, individual conferencing with students.
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!
History and Nature of Prejudice Project, English 10: Libguide, instruction on appropriate web resources and e-books. Individual support.
Africa Project, African-Asian Studies: Libguide, instruction on appropriate database resources. This project was done in conjunction with the Imagine Easy Scholar trial that we ran to investigate a possible replacement to Easybib, which will be "sunsetted" this upcoming fall.
Creative Writing Short Story Book Proposals: In a collaborative effort with the Creative Writing classes, we are developing the short story section of our collection. The students research and developed proposals for books to be added to our collection.
People of the Renaissance and Scientific Revolution Project: Libguide, instruction on appropriate and useful resources.
Observational and Experimental Studies Research Assignment, Prob/Stat: Libguide, instruction on conducting searches for and finding specific types of studies within our higher level databases.
Collaboration, Professional Development, and Meetings
Collaboration with DASD Librarians
Also collaborated with Desiree Threadgill to continue to run our Santa's Letters program with Beaver Creek elementary.
Collaboration with West Teachers
- Completed training for Keystone Proctors
Committees and Meetings
- SAS Team meetings: Monday and Wednesdays, period 6
- PAC Team meetings
- Tech Innovator Drop in Support Session
- Proctor, Keystone Tests
Events and Programming
Letters to Santa
Book Club: Graphic Novels
Writers' Club Starts
- Julia Otto, Snowflakes
- Hanna Mangiovillano, art show
- Snowflakes: The students made all sorts of snowflakes and decorated the library
- Star Wars Origami: We used the book, Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away... by Chris Alexander to make all sorts of fun origami in celebration of the December release of the new Star Wars film.
- College Alumni Visit
- Faculty Holiday Luncheon
- Keystone testing: Special Education Students and Extended Time
- Pia Disanto, every Tuesday AM
- Anne-Laure Razat- pd 4
- Alexa Zavitsanos- pd 4
- Emily Dunn- pd 6
- Kyra Lefkof- pd 6
- Jayne Bentley- pd 2
- Erin Malloy- pd 2
- Emma Ward- pd 2
- AJ Moreno- pd 2
D-West Alumni Visit
16 graduated students came back to speak to current West students about their experiences with their various college and military endeavors.
A group of students excitedly answer Santa's Letters from Beaver Creek elementary.
Snowflake Maker Space
Students participate in our snowflake maker space in early December.
D-West Alumni Visit
Numbers and Statistics
- Total circulations: 480 (November: 504 / October: 697)
Easy Bib Statistics
- 108 projects created
- 2081 unique visitors
- 224 projects created
- 1353 unique visitors
Gale Database Statistics **Note, there is an error in the User Reports. Under Construction**
Searches: 9, 595
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.