Mdl homeschool collection presentation - SI 620

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Presented at the culmination of SI 620 Collection Development at University of Michigan School of Information. The group focused on one portion of the overall Collection Development portfolio developed for the course.

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Mdl homeschool collection presentation - SI 620

  1. 1. Homeschool Collection for Manchester District Library Chris Bulin, Lauren Day, Erin Kinnee and Amy Scott April 18, 2014 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/deed.en_US.
  2. 2. What to expect: • An introduction to Manchester District Library (MDL) • Research questions and findings • Team’s recommendations to tailor the homeschool collection to the community
  3. 3. Presented by: • Chris Bulin – Introduction • Amy Scott – Established Best Practices • Lauren Day – Sample Homeschool Collection • Erin Kinnee – Research Methods
  4. 4. Purpose • Introduce you to MDL • Explore best practices and trends in homeschooling • Discuss a model for a superb homeschool collection • Describe recommendations for MDL
  5. 5. MDL Particulars: Location • Washtenaw County near the border with Jackson County, south of Chelsea • District consists of several townships and the village of Manchester • Largely rural
  6. 6. MDL Particulars: Population • Total population of the District: ~5,300 • Median age 46 years • Income levels higher than average for Michigan; ~$87,000 annually • Overwhelmingly Caucasian population (98%)
  7. 7. MDL Particulars: Unique Attributes • Recently Incorporated (2000) • New Director hired in September 2013 • Requesting funds through millage in November • Lack of strategic scaffolding
  8. 8. HOMESCHOOL TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICES Amy Scott
  9. 9. Research Questions • How can MDL provide the best experience for community members who homeschool? – What are the best resources for finding new homeschool material? – How does MDL determine which materials are best for its community? – Does the collection meet the needs of homeschooling patrons? – What services best support the needs of patrons who are homeschooling?
  10. 10. Research Findings: Nat’l Trends in Homeschooling • Increase of 0.08% in number of homeschooled children from 1999-2007 • Children before fourth grade most likely to be homeschooled • Greatest percentage in rural areas • 78% of homeschooled families obtained materials through their public library
  11. 11. Research Findings: Best Practices • Keep copies of catalogs of homeschool materials • Have a brochure highlighting materials and services for homeschoolers
  12. 12. Research Findings: Materials Likely in Demand • Biographies (Cambpell, 2002) • Encyclopedias (Marquam, 2008) • Historical fiction (Marquam, 2008) • Historical re-enactment guides, plans, and recipes (Paradise, 2008) • Science documentaries (Cambpell, 2002) • Teacher resources (Marquam, 2008) • Topical curriculum kits (Furness, 2008)
  13. 13. CASE STUDY Lauren Day
  14. 14. Research Findings: Case Study – Johnsburg Library • Demographics • Grant • Survey
  15. 15. Research Findings: Case Study – Johnsburg Library • Loan of kits and science paraphernalia • Increased use, including out of towners • HRC prefix in catalog
  16. 16. Research Findings: Catalog Screenshot
  17. 17. RECOMMENDATIONS Erin Kinnee
  18. 18. Recommendations for MDL • Community Assessment – Survey – Focus Groups • Advisory Committee • Goal Setting
  19. 19. Community Assessment • Survey – Creation and Distribution • Focus Groups – Composition and Barriers to Participation
  20. 20. Advisory Committee • Purpose • Composition • Acquisition of Members
  21. 21. Goal Setting • Role of Advisory Committee • Role of Library Director • Role of Board of Trustees • Data Analysis and Application
  22. 22. SUMMARY Chris Bulin
  23. 23. Review • Introduce you to MDL • Explore best practices and trends in homeschooling • Discuss a model for a superb homeschool collection • Describe recommendations for MDL
  24. 24. Take Aways • Community Needs Assessment • Ongoing Community Feedback • Strategic Planning
  25. 25. Thank you! Questions? Contact Us: Team.MDL.SI.620@umich.edu
  26. 26. • Campbell, Caralyn Bayne. "Shelby County Public Libraries and Homeschooling Parents." Alabama Librarian 52, no. 1 (January 2002): 11-12. Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed March 12, 2014). • Furness, A. (2008). Curriculum Kits for Homeschoolers. Public Libraries, 47 (3), 23-24. • Marquam, T. (2008). Fable and Fact: Serving the Homeschool Population in Public Libraries. Indiana Libraries, 27 (1), 12-18. • National Center for Education Statistics 2011. (2012). Number and Percentage of Homeschooled Students Ages 5 through 17 with a Grade Equivalent of Kindergarten through 12th Grade, by Selected Child, Parent, and Household Characteristics: 1999, 2003, and 2007. Digest of Education Statistics. Accessed March 13, 2014. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/tables/dt11_040.asp • Paradise, C. (2008). Our Homeschool Alliance is a Winner. Public Libraries, 47 (3) 21-22. • Princiotta, D., Bielick, S., and Chapman, C. (2006) Homeschooling in the United States: 2003: Statistical Analysis Report. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Accessed April 5, 2014, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/2006042.pdf References

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