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    • TheLibrarians
      Burr Elementary School
      Mrs. Mahoney
      Seven years experience
      Schurz High School
      Mrs. Arendt
      (Head Librarian)
      Dr. Livingston
      Over twenty years experience
      “It’s important to collaborate with all the teachers and reinforce reading for life.”
      “The library should be an oasis where reading is more than a school thing.”
      • A Chicago Public School located in Old Irving Park with over 2,000 students
      • 100+ year-old school with tradition and history
      • School library space includes:
      • Computers to accommodate a class
      • Study tables to accommodate classes for group work
      • Fiction and periodicals reading areas
      • Fully automated system using district-wide S.O.A.R. program
      • Housed in “the most beautiful library in Chicago Public Schools”
      • Former school auditorium renovated in Frank Lloyd Wright style with professional murals
      • Dr. Livingston focuses on reader services and collection development while Mrs. Arendt handles checkout and library administration
      100% flexible · two full-time librarians · adequate technology
      · limited budget through principal with grant opportunities
    • Recommendations
      BUILD EXCITEMENT AND AWARENESS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO UTILIZE LIBRARY SPACE,
      ATTRACT VOLUNTEERS, AND
      PROMOTE COLLABORATION
      • Send out a survey to the teachers to inquire about future projects and topics to build collection and collaboration
      • Learn how to use and integrate new technology from action plan
      • Publicize new acquisitions and technology to teachers and students, e.g. “Heard any good books lately?”
      • Advocate for support staff or volunteers to organize library and allow more freedom for librarians to partner with teachers and have an increased effect on student learning
    • STRENGTHS
      Large space invites students to come in before or after school and during lunch periods
      Some funding is available for technology and new books
      Librarians have built a great rapport with students who continue to use the library
      As a former librarian, the assistant principal supports the library
      WEAKNESSES
      Without support staff, the librarians have found it difficult to collaborate with teachers
      Layout and acoustics of the library make it difficult to be an interactive and simultaneously quiet space
      Some of the collection and advocacy methods are outdated
      • A small year-round Chicago Public School located in Wicker Park with only 330 students
      • Strong school community with Japanese Language and Culture Program; recipient of various grants
      • School library space:
      • Accommodates four pre-K classes and grades K-8
      • Only open Thursdays and Fridays because of school budget
      • Partially automated system using district-wide S.O.A.R. program
      • Library is housed in a former classroom on the third floor
      • Computer lab is housed in the basement of the school, creating disconnect between tech and print materials
      • Strong collaboration to enhance and support curriculum
      • Mrs. Mahoney capitalizes on the close school community to build a stellar library program with limited time and resources
      100% fixed · one part-time librarian · limited technology
      · no budget but recipient of Striving Readers Grant
    • Recommendations
      EXPAND THE LIBRARY’S IMPACT BY
      ADVOCATING FOR A LIBRARY BUDGET
      AND FLEX-TIME FOR INCREASED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
      • Build a relationship with the new principal and show the library’s support of curriculum and student success
      • Request budget of $500-$1,000 to use on books each year
      • Ask for flex-time to increase circulation for students who need library time more than once a week or every other week
      • Request a computer transfer from the computer lab to the library to be used for student catalog search to increase librarian efficiency
      • Apply for the Laura Bush Foundation Grant to access funds that will increase easy and emerging reader collection
    • STRENGTHS
      Amazing collaborative relationships with ALL teachers to support what is done in the classroom
      Up-to-date collection of fiction and non-fiction for older students
      Grades 3-8 focus on learning research skills to support curriculum
      Social studies is greatly supported because it has the least minutes of instruction
      Library works well as a multipurpose space for story time and junior high research
      WEAKNESSES
      Program is lacking funding and support from the administration
      Library classes are only two days a week, and the library is closed the rest of the week
      Without an aide or support staff, Ms. Mahoney must teach a lesson, check out books, and provide readers’ services to an entire class within 41 minutes
    • Schurz Action Plan
      A Step into the Digital Age
      Objective
      • Apply for the Chicago Public Schools’ 2011 Title 1- Double Matching Grant by March 24th, 2011
      Funding
      • The assistant principal approved $5,000 of school funds (Phase 1) to be spent on books, hardware, or e-devices in order receive $10,000 of double matching grant funds (Phase 2)
      Resources
      • Phase 1 money to be applied to a diverse collection of Playaways from Recorded Books and new fiction titles
      • Phase 2 money to be invested in tablets, accessories, and needed updates to periodicals and reference materials
    • Action Plan Tasks
      Arendt
      Chang/Livingston
      Livingston
      2. After getting approval from AP, order materials and get proof of P.O. image from school receiving; turn in grant proposal by March 25th
      1. Find and price $5,000 worth of materials from district approved vendors
      3. While waiting for grant approval (April 8th), begin looking for matching grant selections (tablets)
      Arendt
      Livingston/Arendt
      5. Purchase materials using $10,000 double matching grant funds and submit end report by June 3rd
      4. If approved, contact AP for fund and line items to use with matching grant