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The Dixie Grammar School Michael Parker Library Annual Report for 2009-2010

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  • 1. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010Contents1 Introduction ..................................................................................................22 Management .................................................................................................2 2.1 Library Policy..........................................................................................2 2.2 Library development...............................................................................2 2.3 Monitoring and evaluation ......................................................................3 2.4 Library Departmental handbook .............................................................3 2.5 Financial Management...........................................................................4 2.6 Meetings and Professional Development...............................................53 Curriculum ....................................................................................................6 3.1 Library Inductions...................................................................................6 3.2 Cross-curricular use ...............................................................................7 3.3 Reading development ............................................................................9 3.4 Role of Library in developing technologies...........................................114 Pastoral .......................................................................................................11 4.1 Gifted and Talented students ...............................................................11 4.2 Students with learning difficulties .........................................................125 Meeting the needs of the school community...........................................12 5.1 Extra-curricular activities ......................................................................12 5.2 Provision of resources..........................................................................12 5.2.1 Book Stock .......................................................................................... 12 5.2.2 Multi-Media Resources ....................................................................... 13 5.3 Provision of services and facilities........................................................13 5.3.1 Information services ............................................................................ 13 5.3.2 ICT facilities......................................................................................... 13 5.4 Helpers.................................................................................................146 Community .................................................................................................147 Recommendations for Senior Management ............................................148 Appendix.....................................................................................................15 1
  • 2. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 Library Annual Report 2009-20101 Introduction This report covers the use and development of the Library during the Academic Year 2009-2010. The newly refurbished Michael Parker Library was opened in October 2009 with a formal ceremony taking place in March 2010. We then began the exciting process of making use of the new Library. Teachers brought in classes to work collaboratively with the Librarian on reading development and information literacy skills, making use of the resources, services and facilities. This report will examine the impact of the Library on the school community, stating the progress made for each target of the Library Development Plan 2009-2010.2 Management Development Plan targets: 1. Develop Library Policy → 2.1 2. Complete first phase of Library development → 2.2 3. Ensure systems in place to monitor and evaluate library’s effectiveness → 2.3 4. Create Departmental Handbook for Library → 2.42.1 Library Policy Development Plan actions:  Write draft policy to be agreed with SMT  Distribute policy The Library Policy was agreed with Senior Management on 23 June 2010. The Librarian will make it available for the school community via the Library Online website. A Staff Guide to the Library, based on the policy, is in preparation for the new school year. The policy will be revisited in the summer of 2011.2.2 Library development Development Plan actions:  Complete redecoration of staircase etc.  Organise and arrange equipment, resources and furniture  Create guiding and signage  Create displays  Plan for murals and other finishing touches  Plan official opening The Library was opened for use in October 2009, with all resources shelved, furniture arranged and displays created. The staircase was finished in time for the official opening ceremony in March 2010 – Kay Alexander, from BBC Midlands Today, officiated graciously with invited guests from the school community, including the Library Student Helpers. The top of each shelving bay has guiding in place, but there is a need for further signage to assist students and staff in locating resources. This is to be addressed in 2
  • 3. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 the Autumn Term 2010. The slatwall panels have greatly enhanced the ambience of the Library and facilitate attractive displays. Some Art work has been installed on the shelf above the storage space, but more should be added. The plan for a mural is on hold for the time being so that we can assess the necessity of this – modern library design emphasises the need to allow the books to have centre stage to attract students to borrow them!2.3 Monitoring and evaluation Development Plan actions:  Write Annual Report for 2008-2009 and present to SMT as appropriate  Develop collection of statistical data  Develop ways of assessing quality of use The Annual Report was presented to the Headmaster and copies were sent to Senior Management and the Chair of Governors. It was also made available online through the Library Online website. The Library Management System, Eclipse2, enables a range of data to be collected showing issue figures and the development of the collection. Tables and charts may be found in the Appendix at Section 8 below on page 15. During the year, all Library bookings were entered into a file. These sheets were then collated on Excel to show use by Subject Departments. The data collected by these methods are mainly quantitative; assessment of the type/quality of use is more difficult. There are various methods that can be adopted. Verbal feedback from users is very important and can be used by the Librarian to improve lessons or activities taking place. The Librarian is also developing feedback forms, questionnaires and surveys which, for example, can be used at the end of a series of lessons to assess impact. We can then take the results and improve the quality of lessons for future students. An example of this can be found in the section on Reading Development at 3.3 below on page 9. Accountability for the investment the school has made in the Library is a vital consideration for a librarian.2.4 Library Departmental handbook The Library Handbook was created during the Autumn Term of 2009 and it will be continually developed and updated. The handbook is a record of the development of the Library and is also a practical tool for the Librarian. It contains the policies and guidelines for the running of the Library and shows the impact of the Library and Librarian on teaching and learning. During the Inspection of March 2010, the Librarian discussed the handbook with Inspectors and it was commented on favourably during the interview. A separate Staff Procedures Manual is also available which focuses on the day-to- day procedures for running the Library. 3
  • 4. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 Other aspects of the management of the Library not covered by the Library Development Plan follow:2.5 Financial Management A proper system of financial management and accountability is now in place. Copies of all invoices are kept on file in the Library and all orders and running totals are entered into Excel to enable careful management of the library budget. During 2009-2010 the budget allocation was £3,600, consisting of: £500 library stationery £500 newspapers and magazines £2,000 replacement stock £600 subscriptions A sum of £10,840 remained from the Library Development Budget after £2000 had been drawn down in the previous year. This was spent on books for the new Library mainly during the summer of 2009. A further £5,000 was available to resource new library equipment and fittings. Chart 1: Share of Budget Allocation by Cost Heading – 2009-2010 Library Accounts 2009-2010 Share of Budget by Cost Heading ADMIN 14% NEWS & MAGS 14% STOCK 55% SUBSCRIPTIONS 17% Chart 1 above shows the percentage of the Library budget allocated under each cost heading by the Librarian at the beginning of the Financial Year. This excludes the Library Development Budget. 4
  • 5. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 Chart 2: Library Accounts - Share of Budget by Amount Spent – 2009-2010 Library Accounts 2009-2010 Share of Budget by Amount Spent ADMIN, £490.37, 14% SUBSCRIPTIONS, £597.00, 17% NEWS & MAGS, £365.98, 11% STOCK, £1,984.05, 58% Chart 2 above shows the actual amount spent by the end of the Financial Year under each cost heading. This excludes the Library Development Budget. Between 1 May 2009 and 22 July 2010, 1844 new books were added to stock – the combination of the Replacement Stock Budget and the Library Development Budget. The Admin cost heading covers specialist library stationery and equipment. Subscriptions paid for the support package for the Eclipse Library Management System and the subscription to the School Library Association. The Excel file is available from the Librarian. From April 2009, we have subscribed to Leicestershire Services for Education, our local Schools Library Service, using funds drawn down from the Library Development Budget for 2010-2011. This will enable the Librarian to support the curriculum by borrowing resource collections and also gives us access to a wide range of services, including four online subscription databases and artefacts.2.6 Meetings and Professional Development Meetings:  Full Staff Meetings  Head of Department Meetings.  Line Management Meetings.  Local area school librarians meetings, organised by Schools Library Service.  Leicestershire 20/20 Vision Group meetings – local school librarians interested in further development of their libraries. INSET and CPD:  School INSET sessions as appropriate.  JISC Collections for Schools training day (our online databases).  Took part in two international online conferences, organised by Your School Library: YSL3 “Designing the Future” and YSL4 “Reading 2010”. During the 5
  • 6. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 first conference, presented on our new library development, and during the second, moderated a discussion forum for other participants.  Attended the Literacy Forum at the Education Show, entitled “The Future of Reading”, organised by the National Literacy Association.  School Library Association Weekend Training Course, June 2010 – “The Magic Threshold: Step into new Worlds”. Visits:  Peters Bookselling Services and other book shops to choose new resources.  Attended the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2010 Celebrations at London Zoo. Professional development:  Presented at YSL3 “Designing the Future” on “How to create a 21st century school library in an 1828 building: a case study”.  Wrote a chapter on how ICT can enhance the work of school librarians for a School Library Association publication – Tarter, A and Dubber, G (2010) “SLA Survival Guide: Making it Through Your First Few Years as a School Librarian”.  Asked to contribute examples of working with Web2.0 technologies for a new book on Information Literacy by James Herring of Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.  Continued to support school librarians nationally and internationally with the “School Librarians Ning” and the “School Librarians’ Toolkit Wiki” knowledge base, which can be worked on collaboratively.  Continued the development of a blog to track developments in web technologies and their impact on the future of school libraries.  Continued to contribute to international discussions on school library and technological developments.  Worked to develop a PLN (Personal Learning Network) using a range of tools, including mailing lists, wikis, blogs, social bookmarking (Delicious and Diigo), Netvibes, Nings and Twitter. This facilitates collaborative learning between librarians internationally and enables up-to-date thinking in school librarianship and technology to be fed back into work in school.3 Curriculum Development Plan targets: 1. Introduce students and staff to the new library facilities → 3.1 2. Promote and develop cross-curricular use of the new Library → 3.2 3. Support reading development using the new Library → 3.3 4. Promote and develop role of Library in developing technologies → 3.43.1 Library Inductions Development Plan actions:  Short induction for all students  Year 6 Induction lessons  Sixth Form Induction sessions  Short induction for all staff (teaching and support) 6
  • 7. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 An induction was undertaken with Year 6 in the November after the Library opened. This covered a basic orientation of the Library, treasure-hunt style, and how to find and choose non-fiction (using the Dewey Detective Game). Feedback from students was very positive. Further induction sessions then took place during weekly English lessons, covering how to choose fiction books (using the Reading Game) and the use of SearchStar (the Library Catalogue). Students in Years 7 and 8 had a series of Induction sessions during their weekly English lessons in the Library, covering similar ground to Year 6. Years 9 to 11 did not have formal sessions – some classes were brought in for visits. The Librarian took two sessions with Lower Sixth students, which will be discussed in more detail in Section 3.2 below. Staff were introduced to the services of the Library more informally, when they visited, or during meetings, such as Heads of Department.3.2 Cross-curricular use Development Plan actions:  Librarian to create Library Development Plan  Librarian to discuss with individual HODs  Departments to integrate use of Library into SOWs  Librarian to begin development of generic teaching materials  Librarian to continue developing Library Online Services – web-based resources for teaching  Librarian to begin development of Information Literacy policy to ensure progression of skills teaching across all years The Library Development Plan for 2009-2010 was written in August 2009 and submitted to Senior Management for approval in September 2009. Some informal discussions took place during the year, particularly with the Heads of English, History, Geography, MFL, Science, Music and Art. The following sessions took place in the Library, planned collaboratively and then led by the Librarian:  Lower Sixth – two sessions “Working Independently – Part 1: Being Organised” and “Effective Research: Avoiding Plagiarism”. These areas were requested by the Head of Sixth Form.  Geography – Year 10 – lesson on “Effective Research: Referencing”, covering recording, referencing and bibliography, at the request of the Head of Geography. This was to help prepare students for the Geographical Investigation for their GCSEs.  History – Lower Sixth – lesson on “Effective Research: Advanced Search”. We are planning to further develop sessions like this with History in the next academic year. All materials are available for viewing and download from the Library Online website. The presentations have been made with PowerPoint or Prezi (an online tool) and can be adapted for use with a range of subjects and year groups. Teaching materials, such as booklets, will also be uploaded to our website in the near future. 7
  • 8. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010The Librarian was also able to support teaching staff in the classroom and individualstudents by gathering evaluated weblinks and, in the Summer Term when we hadsubscribed to the local Schools Library Service, supplying book/resourcescollections. Some examples are:  Physics – Year 10 – Electricity in the UK for the next generation. Evaluated weblinks. Book collection.  History – Tudor Day – book and resource collection.  Chemistry – Acid Rain – evaluated weblinks.  MFL – News in French, German and Mandarin – Netvibes site made with automatically updating RSS feeds from a range of sites.  Biology – Year 6 – Animal Adaptation – evaluated weblinks.  Cross-curricular – General Election 2010 – addition of new page to Netvibes site with updating news feeds and links about the Election, plus weblinks on the main Library Online site.  Cross-curricular – World Cup 2010 – as above.The Library was also booked by teachers, mainly to use the ICT facilities – some ofthese lessons did not make use of the Librarian’s expertise as advanced jointplanning did not take place. The Librarian often became involved in supportingstudents using ICT for research on an informal need-to-know basis!Library Online Services, giving 24/7 access to the Library, continued to develop andflourish during the year. The Librarian uses an extensive list of websites to developthe virtual library, including Animoto, Delicious, Diigo, Flickr, Netvibes, SlideShare,Prezi, Twitter, YouTube and more. Some of the sites used are listed below:  Library Online Website (http://www.library-online.org.uk) which includes: o Regular updates showing the progress of the library development. o Information and news about new resources and services. o Pathfinders made by the Librarian to support departments. Pathfinders are pages bringing together evaluated weblinks on a range of topics and the range of multimedia resources available from the Library. o Pages on research and study skills – Learning Skills. o Pages to support reading for pleasure.  Library Online @ Delicious (http://delicious.com/DixieLibrary) Links to recommended websites, tagged on the Delicious social bookmarking site.  Library Online @ Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/library-online/) Photos on the Flickr site of the library as it develops.  Library Online @ LibraryThing  (http://www.librarything.com/catalog/dixielibrary) Our book catalogue on the LibraryThing website.  Library Online @ Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com/library-online) Our news services from the UK, France, Germany, and China using the Netvibes Platform. Sports, Business 8
  • 9. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 and topics of current interest, such as the General Election and the World Cup, were also added as needed.  Library Online @ Twitter (http://twitter.com/Library_Online) The Library’s news updates using Twitter.  Library Online @ Wiki (http://library-online.pbworks.com/) A reading development wiki, currently being used with members of the Reading Group and with the English Department during the next academic year.  Library Online @ YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOnline) Our channel on YouTube. Teaching Information Literacy – research skills, study skills, independent learning skills – is an essential function of a school library. Comments in the Inspection Report make it clear that the school should address the issue of independent learning: “The school is anxious to promote independent research skills. The senior school library has been totally rebuilt and is beginning to be used well to develop such skills. However, the results are yet to permeate into general lessons…” ISI 2010 Observations of students researching and writing presentations for homework suggest that many do not have the skills they need or that some students are content with “just good enough”. Sometimes the homework task may lead to “cut-and-paste” rather than encouraging higher-level skills – for example “find out about X”, “gather information on X” or “make a presentation on X” leads to paragraphs and images copied from websites and pasted into a presentation or document, which is then made as attractive as possible. Often appearance seems to take precedence over the quality of the content for students. Almost never are students observed to acknowledge the sources of their material or create a bibliography and they express surprise if this is suggested to them by the Librarian. It would be interesting to find out how mark schemes address issues like this. Universities are expressing concern at the lack of preparedness for study of today’s undergraduate students when they arrive in Higher Education. As a school, we need to begin the development of a progression of Information Literacy skills teaching across the curriculum and across all years – this is not a task that can be accomplished by the Librarian in isolation, but is a long-term collaborative undertaking. The Librarian began to discuss some of these issues during Head of Department Meetings – such as developing a Dixie “house style” for bibliographies and referencing and a progression of teaching these vital skills from Year 6 onwards. This needs, however, support from Senior and Middle Management to have any effect.3.3 Reading development Development Plan actions:  Librarian to work with HOD English to plan reading development into English SOW  Librarian to continue developing Library Online Services – web-based resources for reading development 9
  • 10. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010  Plan for Book Week in 2010  Librarian to continue work with Reading Group , including Carnegie Shadowing  Librarian to develop other opportunities to encourage reading for pleasure, such as promotions, displays, competitions.During the academic year 2009-2010, English classes from Years 6 to 8 visited theLibrary for one lesson each week. The first few lessons were used to give Year 7and 8 students a basic induction to the new Library, Year 6 students had already hadtheir Inductions prior to the English lessons starting – see Section 3.1 above on page6. The Librarian worked with English teachers during the rest of the year toencourage students to read for pleasure, using a range of activities. She also usedquestionnaires and observations to create a baseline assessment which could thenbe fed into planning a Reading Programme for these year groups starting in theAutumn Term of 2010. A meeting with the English Department was held in July 2010to discuss this programme.Some key points from the programme are:  Years 6 to 8 will visit weekly.  Reading Records will be used with each student. They will be kept in the Library and may be used by staff at Parent’s Meetings.  To support keen and also more reluctant readers a balance of silent reading sessions and more active lessons will be planned.  In response to student questionnaires, more technology will be used to engage students. For example, the wiki used with one Year 8 class was very popular – students enjoyed sharing their book choices with each other and commenting helpfully on each other’s pages.  The programme will be evaluated at the end of the academic year 2010-2011.The main Library Online website was used to promote many books during the year –often using book trailers, short videos created by the Librarian or book covers. Thissite, however, has to serve a wide range of purposes and so it was decided todevelop a wiki to use with students. This wiki “Library Online – Reading is Fun”http://library-online.pbworks.com/ - was first tested with members of the ReadingGroup and then rolled out to one Year 8 class, as mentioned above. Its use will beextended to more students next year and will be closely monitored by the Librarianand evaluated at the end of the year. Students each have their own page where theycan write about their reading. They are also encouraged to comment positively oneach other’s pages and suggest books to read. The Librarian also adds in commentsto help students develop their pages and their reading choices – teaching staff maycollaborate with this if they so wish.A Book Week was held in the first week of March 2010. The Librarian organised arange of activities including a Book Trailer Show, a visit from the writer Dave Cryeron World Book Day, a book sale, the Year 6 Book Quiz and a fun competitionsupported by many staff. The week was generally successful, however, the Librarianis planning to spread activities out over the whole year in 2010-2011, rather thanconcentrate on one week. Part of the Library Budget has been designated forauthor/illustrator visits and it would also be possible to look at asking for a 10
  • 11. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 contribution towards the costs from parents to enable the school to have more events. During the year the Reading Group, consisting of students from all years, met regularly in the Library. In the Summer Term, they met weekly to shadow the Carnegie Medal – this was not as popular with the students as had been expected and, early in the Autumn Term, the group will discuss the kinds of activities that they wish to take part in. They have expressed the hope that the group can continue to meet weekly to create consistency.3.4 Role of Library in developing technologies Development Plan actions:  Librarian & ICT Department to discuss role of Library in supporting ICT  Librarian to integrate use of ICT into lessons taking place in Library, where appropriate  Librarian to continue to develop & to teach use of Library Online Services to staff and students Staffing issues in the ICT Department, meant that the Librarian was unable to take discussions very far. With the appointment of a new Head of ICT, it is hoped that new links will be forged and that the Librarian’s expertise in many aspects of developing technologies will be utilised to support teaching and learning in the school. The excellent facilities in the new Library enabled the Librarian to use ICT in lessons on a regular basis – for example, presentations using the drop-down screen in English, History and Geography; students using the laptops to develop their wiki pages in English; staff and students being able to use the Library Catalogue to search for resources. The development and use of Library Online Services has been mentioned in several places in this report. The Librarian is continuing to demonstrate these in teaching and has noticed that many students now access the sites during lunchtimes. During 2010-2011, further developments are planned to make these services an important part of the Library’s services to the school community – including enabling access to the JISC Collection for Schools online databases through the main Library Online site.4 Pastoral Development Plan targets: 1. Develop Library support for Gifted and Talented students → 4.1 2. Develop Library support for students with learning difficulties → 4.24.1 Gifted and Talented students Development Plan actions:  Investigate ways in which Library and Librarian could offer support  Attend committee meeting to discuss this  Begin to plan activities, resources & services in Library School library collections and services should be wide-ranging and both support and extend the curriculum. They should offer exciting and challenging opportunities and 11
  • 12. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 vision to students – in terms of resources in a wide range of media, support in making the best use of these resources, the chance to use creativity and imagination, and help in the use of developing technologies. This item will be repeated in the Development Plan for 2010-2011 to ensure that progress is made in this area as the Library develops.4.2 Students with learning difficulties Development Plan actions:  Discuss with DH and new member of staff a range of strategies, resources and services that could be offered by Library and Librarian As the new member of staff was not appointed during the academic year 2009-2010, little progress was made with this action. The Librarian did observe classes using the Library during the year to assess the range of student abilities and to begin planning some strategies to support all students. This item will be repeated in the Development Plan for 2010-2011 to ensure that progress is made in this area as the Library develops.5 Meeting the needs of the school community5.1 Extra-curricular activities Lunchtimes – the Library was open every day from the beginning of October 2009 for the whole lunchtime session and was well used by students. The maximum number (around 40) was reached on many days with a throughput of around 70 to 80 students on busy days. In the main, use was productive, with students doing their homework, changing books and reading quietly. The Librarian was supported by a small Student Helper Team. After school – the Library was open after school until 5.15 every day. A varying number of students attended. Activities and events was organised by the Librarian during the year: Reading Group Book Week These are discussed in Section 3.3 above on page 9.5.2 Provision of resources5.2.1 Book Stock A full stock-take was undertaken in July 2010 together with an analysis of the book stock in terms of age, condition and suitability. On the final day of the stock-take, 15 July, 114 books were missing (3% of the total stock); worth £908.26 – see Table 2: Stock-take – July 2010 on page 17. Some of these items may be returned over the coming weeks. This loss level is not significantly high, especially as the previous stock-take took place in September 2008. A large part of the budget for stock was spent in the summer of 2009 with most of the fiction purchases being catalogued and processed over the Summer Holidays and the non-fiction during the Autumn and Spring Terms. The fiction collection is now fresh, attractive and up-to-date; the non-fiction books are still poor in some subject 12
  • 13. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010 areas. During the coming year, whilst we need to continue to actively manage the fiction collection, the emphasis has to be on improving the Library’s support for the curriculum. This could be in book form, but will increasingly also be in a range of media. The Librarian would welcome support from Senior Management to encourage Heads of Department to respond to resource requests. The Schools Library Service (LSE) has enabled us to support the curriculum in a more flexible way. Since we started the subscription in April, we have borrowed book collections for History and Science topics, which can be used in the classroom or the Library and then returned when no longer needed. It is also possible to borrow artefact collections – this would be an excellent way to support the school’s international work. All teaching staff are able to request resource collections from the Librarian, who will then select suitable stock during visits to LSE in the school holidays. Book issues continue to rise, with younger students having the highest level of borrowing – this is in line with the experience in most school libraries. A particular concern is the low level of borrowing by Sixth Form students. Despite efforts to support their courses with book purchases, very few of these are being officially borrowed. A range of tables showing issue figures and stock levels can be found in the Appendix – on page 15 and following.5.2.2 Multi-Media Resources A range of curriculum-based magazines are purchased for the Library, with new titles being added at the request of subject staff. Many of these are not often used by students – work needs to be done by the Librarian and teachers to encourage Sixth Form students, in particular, to read these resources. More popular comics and magazines are purchased on an ad-hoc basis and these are read avidly by many students. During 2010-2011, the Librarian is asking subject departments to request suitable DVD purchases. We also now have access to four online subscription databases, through our subscription to LSE, and the Librarian is also looking into a range of others to support A-Level courses.5.3 Provision of services and facilities5.3.1 Information services The Librarian aims to support the school in terms of developing an information service, thinking and working beyond the physical space of the Library and reaching out to staff, students and the community through Library Online Services. This has already been discussed in several sections of the report and so will not be repeated here.5.3.2 ICT facilities The new Library has a range of ICT facilities, which were extensively used during the year in and outside lessons for formal teaching, group work, private study and leisure interests. The drop-down screen and projector are very easy to use and have been very successful. The six laptops have been very busy all year. 13
  • 14. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-20105.4 Helpers During the year, the Student Helper Team continued to go from strength to strength. Students chosen from Years 6 to 9 have had basic training in the Eclipse Library Management System, shelving and display work. The students gained some skills in teamwork and time management, and gave the Librarian invaluable assistance.6 Community The Librarian attended local school librarians’ meetings organised by the Schools Library Service and also 2020 Vision Group Meetings. The Library Online website has been well-received by many students, staff, parents and governors and also by international colleagues – it is a way of showcasing the work of the Library in the school. The Librarian also attended Open Morning and spoke to parents and visitors at other school events.7 Recommendations for Senior Management It is recommended that: The whole school embraces the importance of books and reading, in the light of international research showing the impact of reading for pleasure on student achievement:  All staff are seen to support reading for pleasure.  The importance of reading is reinforced by all staff with all students.  National and local reading and book initiatives are supported by the school.  The role of the Library and Librarian in developing reading for pleasure is assisted by the school management, pastoral teams and subject teams. Senior Management assists the Librarian in the development of Information Literacy Skills as a progression across the school. This supports our students’ independent learning and helps raise achievement:  By encouraging subject departments and pastoral teams to work collaboratively with the Librarian on suitable Schemes of Work.  By embedding these SOWs in the work of departments to ensure that all students are able to access these lessons. Senior Management ensures that the Librarian is fully informed about developments in the school:  By ensuring that HODs give outlines of the curriculum and information about new developments and projects to the Librarian.  By considering the impact of new courses and projects on the provision of resources and services in the Library. Senior Management recognises the role of the Library in relation to information services and resource provision beyond its physical space:  By enabling the Librarian to assist in the planning, co-ordination, integration, development and delivery of ICT across the curriculum. Anne M Robinson, MA, MA, SLYA 2005 Librarian September 2010 14
  • 15. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-20108 Appendix Chart 3: Issue figures - totals for each term since autumn 2008 Book Issues by Term Autumn Term 2008 onwards 3000 Note: This chart shows 2678 book issue figures since the appointment of a full-time 2500 professional Librarian 2000 Number of Issues 1786 1500 919 977 1000 782 673 561 552 500 2008-2009 2009-2010 0 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term Total Books Term Chart 4: Issue figures – by fiction/non-fiction - 2006-2007 onwards Book Issues by Fiction/Non-Fiction 2006-2007 onwards 3000 2678 2500 2000 1929 Number of issues 1786 1500 1360 1000 749 764 801 562 500 426 413 2006-2007 351 239 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 0 Non-Fiction Fiction Total Books 15
  • 16. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010Chart 5: Issue figures - by year group Book Issues by Year Group Autumn Term 2008 onwards 3000 2500 2000 Number of Issues 1500 1000 500 2008-2009 2009-2010 0 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Staff Totals Year GroupChart 6: Issue figures - by gender Book Issues by Gender Autumn Term 2008 onwards 3000 2500 Number of Issues 2000 1500 1000 500 2008-2009 2009-2010 0 Female Male TOTAL Gender 16
  • 17. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010Chart 7: Issue figures – by form Book Issues by Form Number of Issues 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 6M 6S 7L 7W 8D 8J 9B 9E 9M 10K 10P 11D 11GB Form 11H L6DB L6DCB L6FW L6GH L6JD L6RJT L6SMK U6DB U6DCB U6FW U6GH U6JD U6RJT U6SMKTable 1: Stock levels - comparisons Eclipse Fiction: Non-fiction: Total items in Total missing: stock: 11/09/08 1586 2274 3860 796 21/07/10 1674 2113 3787 114** At stock-take finalisation on 15 July 2010Table 2: Stock-take – July 2010 Type Total On Shelf On Loan Missing Fiction 1885 1556 (83%) 251 (13%) 78 (4%) Non-Fiction 2176 2088 (96%) 52 (2%) 36 (2%) Reference 128 121 (95%) 2 (2%) 5 (2%) Total 4061 3644 (90%) 303 (7%) 114 (3%) Cost £36,993.85 £33,558.30 £2,526.29 £908.26 17
  • 18. The Dixie Grammar School Library Annual Report 2009-2010Table 3: Age of Library stock by publisher date - September 2008 Total on Eclipse Less than 5 More than 10 More than 20 LMS years old years old years old All items: 295 – 8% 2742 – 71% 1311 – 34% 3860 Total fiction: 158 – 10% 1078 – 68% 397 – 25% 1586 Total non-fiction: 137 – 6% 1664 – 73% 914 – 40% 2274Table 4: Age of Library stock by publisher date - August 2009 Total on Eclipse Less than 5 More than 10 More than 20 LMS years old years old years old All items: 1157 – 32% 1469 – 41% 350 – 10% 3563 Total fiction: 861 – 43% 632 – 31% 101 – 5% 2016 Total non-fiction: 296 – 19% 831 – 54% 249 – 16% 1547Table 5: Age of Library stock by publisher date - July 2010 Total on Eclipse Less than 5 More than 10 More than 20 LMS years old years old years old All items: 1502 – 40% 1335 – 35% 356 – 9% 3787 Total fiction: 863 – 52% 337 – 20% 42 – 3% 1674 Total non-fiction: 639 – 30% 998 – 47% 314 – 15% 2113Table 6: Age of Library stock by acquisition date - July 2010 Total on Added to Added to Added to Eclipse LMS catalogue before catalogue catalogue on 21/07/10 01/09/08 01/09/08-19/08/09 20/08/09-21/07/10 All items: 1501 1448 838 3787 Total fiction: 351 1123 200 1674 Total non- 1150 325 638 fiction: 2113Table 7: Stock withdrawals August 2009- July 2010 Total on Eclipse LMS Number of items Total on Eclipse LMS on 19/08/09 withdrawn on 21/07/10 All items: 3563 634 – 18% All items: 3787 Total fiction: 2016 563 – 28% Total fiction: 1674 Total non-fiction: 1547 71 – 5% Total non-fiction: 2113 18