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!
Titlewave is our go-to source for print resources, some A/V materials, and, most of all, reviews from multiple resources.
OverDrive Marketplace is "behind the scenes" resource to find and purchase materials to add to our digital library.
School Library Journal
School Library Journal remains our top choice for title reviews. This journal aims specifically at school libraries and targets their needs.
Social Media in the LMC
Click here to view more about events and day-to-day activities in the LMC.
All statistics listed represent the period from August 2014-May 2015.
Gale Cengage Databases
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)
*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
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
*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.
Assessing Information Literacy Skills
Fall 2014: Average 54.5% & Spring 2015: 57.1% Average
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.
Pre-Assessment: 50% Average & Post-Assessment: 69% Average
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
The Library Media Center sends out a weekly email to all faculty and staff highlighting a particular tech tool or tip that can be utilized in the classroom or for other professional work.
The Library Media Center creates occasional brief video segments highlighting library resources, events or information literacy topics.
The Library Media Center has created a webpage devoted "Library Lessons" focusing on topics such as copyright, digital citizenship, and information literacy.
Click here to view videos introducing the #BHSreads program and some of the titles included in this year's suggested list.