LR Library Media Centers
April 2016 School Board Report
Goals & Objectives
The following statement summarizes the mission of the Library Media Program: “The Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School Libraries, being an integral part of the educational process, shall serve as a point of access for learners to acquire the skills, resources, and tools to become a 21st Century learner.”
In order to achieve this mission, the libraries/librarians of the L-R School District shall:
provide a safe educational environment for students & staff to pursue academic and recreational interests.
teach library curriculum in alignment with Missouri Learning Standards and library Essential Learning Outcomes.
collaborate with other faculty members to meet the needs of classes and individual students
provide adequate materials and resources that meet the needs of students and staff
provide access to materials and resources by maintaining flexible use of the library space and continuous checkout before school, throughout the day, and after school.
provide educational and informational technology resources
provide technology training and support for students and staff.
continually evaluate and improve the library according to the educational philosophy and purpose of the L-R school district and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Library Media Program serves all of the students in our district in pre-K through twelfth grades. Our libraries directly correspond to CSIP Goal 3: “Provide and maintain instructional resources, support services, and functional and safe facilities.” Each building has a library facility that provides instructional resources in the form of books, ebooks, magazines, and online resources for students, as well as, professional development materials and curriculum support materials for teachers.
Providing literacy and technology instruction is an important part of our Library Media Program. This supports CSIP Goal 1: “Develop and enhance quality educational/instructional programs.” At the elementary levels, each class visits the library once a week for lessons and book checkout. At the middle and high school levels, classes schedule the library as needed for instruction or research, and students are welcome to come in throughout the week to check out books. The library curriculum at each building was developed to align with Missouri’s Learning Standards, supporting the curriculums of each grade level and department within our buildings. In addition to teaching library skills, librarians also emphasize language arts and information literacy skills (such as reading for meaning, recognizing literary elements, and analyzing texts). Since the library is the main place where students conduct research, librarians also teach these skills as part of our curriculum or in collaboration with a classroom teacher. Students learn how to locate information, how to determine whether or not a source is reliable, and how to document the sources they use.
Encouraging students to read for pleasure is another major component of our Library Media Program. Students who read for pleasure show higher academic success than those who do not. We try to maintain collections that include current, high-interest titles to attract students. Reading for pleasure is also emphasized through our various reading challenges, promotions, and special events. Examples include the Missouri Association of School Librarians Readers Awards promotions, summer reading challenges, book clubs, and book fairs. The book fairs are also a great opportunity for parent involvement since we utilize parents as volunteers and get to meet the many families who come through to purchase books. These draw our community together in support of reading.
Each library provides teachers and students access to technology. Libraries maintain an inventory of all types of equipment, which can be checked out by teachers. Some of the libraries have open access to computers throughout the day for student use. Furthermore, the librarians maintain an awareness of current technologies and applications by attending our regional and state conferences and by reading professional materials. We also look for ways for teachers to utilize technology to promote learning as part of CSIP Goal 1.9, which states that our district should provide “opportunities for teachers and administrators to develop their capacity to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning.” Librarians can be a resource for teachers who are just learning about new technologies or who need to find out whether they can access those technologies at their school.
In order to maintain consistency across the district, librarians maintain a Library Media Center Handbook, which is reviewed by the Board of Education. This handbook includes a variety of policy statements, including weeding procedures, materials selection guidance, grievance procedures for book reconsideration, and library evaluation tools. These policies were developed with a mind toward guidelines put forth by various state and national organizations, including the American Association of School Libraries, Missouri Association of School Libraries, and DESE/MSIP. Furthermore, we also focus on our district and building School Improvement Plans.
Evaluation Criteria & Results
An annual survey of the faculty and administration of each building is conducted by the librarians to check for continuing improvement toward our goals. We also survey students occasionally to see if their needs are being met. These evaluations and surveys allow us to develop future plans and goals for our libraries. Each librarian communicates with their principal throughout the year for additional critique and support.
Separate evaluation surveys were used in each building. Each librarian has prepared a summary of the responses, which have been added to this packet. Overall, as the surveys show, our faculty members are very pleased with the libraries and gave highly favorable responses.
Strengths and Future Plans
Areas of Strength:
During the 2015-2016 school year, Mrs. Graham has been working to improve our high school library program. Listed are some of the changes and improvements she has implemented this past year.
LRHS library continued to use the library Twitter account to keep students and parents informed about the library and upcoming events.
The library continued to host the Literature Club and the Chess Club.
The high school library subscribes to several databases: Opposing Viewpoints, American History Online, Bloom’s Literary Reference Online, Ancient & Medieval History Online, World Religions Online, and EasyBib. These databases are used by students to complete classroom assignments.
We have hundreds of eBooks and nearly a hundred audiobooks available online.
We have added 525 new hardcover books this year.
Six lounging chairs were added for student seating.
The fiction and nonfiction books were relocated in the library. The fiction books were moved to the outer wall of the library and nonfiction books were placed in the middle library space.
Color coded genre stickers were added to half of the fiction books to help students select reading books that met their interests.
Mrs. Graham has continued to utilize the library web page www.lrhslibrary.com to provide students, parents, and teachers with up to date information and resources that will help students with research and literary interests.
In addition to library research lessons, Mrs. Graham has continued to teach digital citizenship lessons in the high school Health classes. The lessons empower students with positive decision-making skills and challenges them to think critically as they learn about making ethical online choices.
As we look to the future, we want to continue providing students with rigorous and relevant learning activities and lessons. During 2017-2018 school year, every student will be provided a one-to-one device that will help us meet this goal. Dr. McKenzie has asked Mrs. Graham to be a part of the technology integration team that will plan policies and procedures.
Areas of Strength:
The Middle School library uses flex scheduling which makes it available before school and all during the school day for individual students and classes to visit anytime. Students are in the library using the computers for homework, taking a test, making up missing work and reading for pleasure. Mrs. Boyer is working with the teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. The Middle School purchased another cart of 32 Chromebooks at the end of last school year, there are now three carts available to be checked out through the library. The classroom teachers use the Chromebooks on a daily basis and many use Google Classroom for instruction and assignments. The library has a smart tv with a Mac mini and Chromecast for classroom instruction and faculty meetings.
Future Plans:Mrs. Boyer has worked with the Communication Arts department to select a database for purchase for student and teacher use. Starting next school year, the students will have access to the EBSCO Database, Middle Online Package. This is a safe and reliable source to expose the middle school students to and introduce research using databases. Mrs. Boyer will work with the communication arts classes to introduce this to the students in addition to their online research skills. Plans are to purchase another set of Chromebooks for the Communication Arts department. We will be adding a smart TV to another classroom and have started to look into purchasing a 3D printer for the computer classes.
Areas of Strength: The LRUE library has seen a huge gain in the number of books checked out, with an increase of 15% over last year! Our kids love reading, and Mrs. Cox is always glad to provide up-to-date books and popular titles to keep the students excited. She is thankful that the district has continued to support library funding, making it possible to get the items the students want and need. Also, the library has been greatly utilized to provide resources, including books and an online encyclopedia, to the classrooms as teachers are doing more research projects this year, in accordance with the Missouri Learning Standards. Mrs. Cox strives to teach and reinforce those information literacy skills that 21st-Century Learners must possess.
Future plans: With the increase in research activities, Mrs. Cox would like to provide some formal assistance for teachers who are planning the projects. It would be good to do this during the PLC collaboration time early next year. Also, with more access to technology, teachers are incorporating it into their lessons more, and Mrs. Cox would like to provide more technology training and assistance.
Areas of Success: Mrs. Eady has added picture and labeled genre posters hanging from the ceiling in order to assist the students to navigate throughout the library. Book series have also been placed on the tops of the bookshelves in alphabetical order so that it is less challenging for the students to locate. An Apple TV/Ipad Pro has been purchased for the library to add more technology activities to the library. Throughout the school year, Mrs. Eady has provided multiple challenges for the students to encourage reading and visiting the library, such as, celebration of the Summer Reading Challenge strategy and the Golden Shelf Elf Award. The Golden Shelf Elf awards students for appropriate library etiquette which doesn’t encourage reading, but teaches how to act in the library along with taking care of the books. Character Guessing Challenge, Book Fair Attendance Challenge, PALS Reading Program are many other incentives provided for the students. Classes attend library for a 30 minute increment each week along with free morning check out time available for the eager students. Circulations are very high! With over 20,000 books checked out, it is clear that our students love to read and are excited to share with the other students what good books they have discovered. The 2nd-3rd grade Caldecott Challenge is also underway. The students are eagerly checking out the selected books and writing a summary on each of the six books to earn a reward at the end of the school year. Keeping the students actively participating in multiple challenges and reward systems throughout the year has shown me the excitement that reading has brought to the students’ lives.
Future Plans: Mrs. Eady will plan to replace the Dewey Decimal System over the summer to provide a shelving system that makes sense to the students. Cataloging, labeling, sorting, weeding will all take place to provide a more user-friendly library for the elementary students.
Areas of Strength: The LRP Library is a busy and well-used classroom. Each classroom visits the library each week, and many students and teachers come individually to find desired materials. Collaboration research projects were completed with the first-grade classes this year. The library strives to support the teachers and students with books, electronic devices and online resources for curriculum, as well as, personal learning and enjoyment. New books are added to the collection each year through budget funds, fundraisers, and donations. Mrs. Rumker attends professional development opportunities throughout the year and strives to continually update the library. In addition to providing materials and resources, Mrs. Rumker has created and maintains the Primary School Makerspace and provides technical support for computers and iPads.
Develop in beginning students an appreciation for literature and encourage them to be lifelong readers and learners
Create additional collaborate units with all grade levels
Support the staff, as our building receives new technology devices this summer
- Continue to develop and improve the Makerspace
Storytime with Preschool "piggies"
Preschoolers visit the library each week for storytime and to check out books.
Learning about gears!
LRP Groovy Book Fair
Family Night and Grandparents' Day
Sales over $9250!
Tiffney Graham-Pokorny, High School
Allison Boyer, Middle School
Kerri Cox, Upper Elementary
Kathy Eady, Elementary
Karen Rumker, Primary
All of the librarians are members of the Missouri School Library Association and strive to attend professional development that enhances their knowledge of teaching, literature, technology, and research that can be shared with their colleagues.