LMC Program Review

2014-15 School Year

LMC Usage Statistics: September 2014-May 2015

  • 70,916 Total Student Visits!
  • 1,882 Total Class Visits
  • 13,582 Total Learning Lab Student Visits
  • 9,784 Total Before School Visits
  • 1,208 Total After School Visits

Total # of Circulations: 2,711 books/ebooks checked out this year!

Collection Development

The school librarian works hard throughout the school year to ensure a balanced and appropriate collection of print and digital materials are maintained.

Reading Promotion

The Library Media Center uses a variety of eye-catching themed displays to entice students to try out new titles and remind them of the many resources provided by the LMC. Take a look at the gallery below for a few examples!
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Social Media in the LMC

BHS Library Media Center Blog

Click here to view more about events and day-to-day activities in the LMC.

Database Promotion

The LMC works to promote databases to students by creating digital pathfinders that link students to resources specifically selected for projects, direct instruction to students about using and citing databases, maintaining an accurate one-stop webpage for easy access to all LMC databases, creating subject-specific Smore flyers for easy database direction (accessible on the vertical menu of the "Databases" webpage), providing student and faculty access to remote passwords in an accessible manner (via a Google Doc), and creating on-demand video tutorials to assist students in using databases (and other LMC resources as well).

All statistics listed represent the period from August 2014-May 2015.

Gale Cengage Databases

Gale Cengage databases still seem to be our students' favorite go-to database resource for research-based projects from a variety of subjects. We are lucky enough to be able to continue our subscription to these resources at a discounted price after iConn changed vendors to EBSCO two years ago. (Literature Resource Center and Opposing Viewpoints in Context are not included in these discounted materials.)

Literature Resource Center: 5,819 searches/3,675 sessions

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: 3,908 searches/3,577 sessions

Science in Context: 476 searches/349 sessions

U.S. History in Context: 263 searches/189 sessions

World History in Context: 3,257 searches/2,879 sessions

Total: 39,220 searches/sessions (all Gale Cengage resources)


1,777 sessions*

*This number does not account for remote access sessions, which are a common usage of JSTOR. This database is presently used mainly for upper-level Social Studies and English classes but has been extending into Science courses as well. This database serves as an introduction to college-level academic journal articles.

Facts on File Databases

Modern World History Online: 260 sessions/450 searches

Ferguson's Career Research Center: 171 sessions/219 searches*

Science Online: 46 sessions/53 searches (underutilized due to Gale popularity)

Today's Science: 72 sessions/74 searchers (underutilized due to Gale popularity)

*This resource is normally utilized much more by students but there was no official "career research" assignment given in English classes for the 2014-15 school year.

Please note: We will be re-evaluating the inclusion of these resources in the LMC budget for 2015-16. They are very worthwhile resources and fill an important space in the research collection, but are either not publicized enough by teachers or are redundant to preferred resources. We are planning on discussing the replacement of some of the science-focused materials with newly released Rosen "Core Concepts" products focusing on chemistry, biology, and the periodic table.

Oxford English Dictionary

426 sessions*

*The OED online directly supports the classroom activities of the senior Digital English course. It is also used by additional English classes for word analysis projects. Will need to discuss decrease in usage with English department teachers to ensure renewal of resource is necessary.


Over 1,000 student & staff users! The switch from NoodleTools to EasyBib this year went very smoothly. The intuitive user interface, great customer service, and third-party log-in feature (using Google Apps for Education accounts) makes EasyBib a great choice for citation creation and research organization!

Assessing Information Literacy Skills

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Fall 2014: Average 54.5% & Spring 2015: 57.1% Average

Students in the Class of 2018 participated in the TRAILS-9 (Tools for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills), designed and maintained by Kent State University Libraries. Students initially took the assessment in the Fall of 2014 and then again in the Spring of 2015.

The goal for this year was for students to reach at least the State of CT benchmark of 55.7%. Students were able to reach this benchmark, but still seem to struggle with some of the items on the assessment. The TRAILS development committee at Kent State University has been working this year to develop new assessment items and these changes will be made live in the Fall 2015 assessment. The Library Media Specialists have been working to develop a rubric to use with students to evaluate research skills (see link below), but struggle with the implementation of this type of rubric across subject areas and levels.

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Pre-Assessment: 50% Average & Post-Assessment: 69% Average

Students in the Class of 2018 also participated in the online course materials and assessments associated with ResearchReady, a pilot product created and marketed by Imagine Easy, the company best known for creating EasyBib. Student scores increased by 19% between the pre- and post-assessment, showing that this product might be worth investigating further as an intervention for students struggling with research skills or as a general usage among students to reaffirm the importance of appropriate research. Next year, Imagine Easy is further evolving this product by rebranding it as "Imagine Easy Academy" and focusing more specifically on core curriculum areas.
Traits of an Effective Researcher Rubric

Click here to view a working draft version of the "Traits of an Effective Researcher Rubric" created by the Library Media Specialist PLC here at Bethel Public Schools.

Technology Tips & Tools

#BHSreads2015 Preview Videos

Click here to view videos introducing the #BHSreads program and some of the titles included in this year's suggested list.

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Thanks for another great school year!