Library Highlights of 2012/2013Digital Citizenship2012/2013 was a year focused on technology integration across the Divisions and disciplines of the school.As a result the library program focused on new partnerships with the entire Library Faculty involved inleading professional development workshops about Animoto, Google Docs and Online Searching, curation ofdigital information sources through the enhanced use of Libguides, and looking at the future of the libraryspace as a hybrid/blended learning/digital commons. Coupled with the Library mission statement: to providea safe and nurturing environment for students, faculty, and staff, to take leadership in the academic program,and to ensure that students develop the essential skills needed to navigate the rapidly evolving informationlandscape of the 21st century, our new mantra for Digital Citizenship is twofold, be true to your future digitalself and KNOW YOUR SOURCE.ServicesStudents visited all Division libraries in impressive numbers as the Middle School Library (with it’s smallfootprint in the shared space ) hosted 506 classes. The Upper School Library number of class visits wasaround 300 with a record high of 90 classes in May and the Lower School Library continued to provideaccess not only during heavily scheduled class time for Nursery through 5th grade with 900+ but as a busyhive of activity before 8AM, during lunch recess and after school with book circulations over 8000.Students come to the the Libraries both formally and informally to engage in inquiry based learning projects,work in groups, participate in activities write traditional research papers search scholarly journal databases,discover realtime search tools, learn to be ethical users of information in all formats and to correctly andconsistently cite their sources, while collaborating using cloud based applications (Google Drive!)Information and inquiry based projects and borrow books, Kindles and iPads for reading. The Middle/UpperSchool Library currently provides access to 20 Kindles which are circulated to faculty and students and 10iPadsCollectionsOur collections continue to grow and change in new and interesting directions as we provide Kindles ( 6rolled out in the Lower School Library this year with Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Titles) and iPadsfor individual reader access checked out through our circulation system(). With the advent of Bring YourOwn Device (BYOD) in the Upper School for the next school year the library recently signed a contractwith Overdrive, an ebook service provider which is compatible with Kindles, Nooks, iPads, other ereaders,iPhones and tablets. As Kate takes the technology lead on this endeavor, we are hoping to have a softrollout over the summer encouraging past ebook borrowers to help work out glitches before school year2013/2014. The print collections were refined through, enthusiastic weeding and adding well reviewed,professionally selected and recommended titles to provide information and meet reading interests at alllevels through all formats. Still we have decreased the book collection from nearly 19,000 to 17,500 in oneyear in the Middle/Upper School Library.As our print collection becomes leaner and more efficient in the MS/US Library, print is still the mostimportant and accessible literacy delivery system for the Lower School Library. Still, our virtual presencecharacterized by the ongoing development and use of Libguides at each Division level and across alldisciplines is robust and allows for student access to information and guidance from librarians throughout
the entire research and information gathering process 24/7. The students took full advantage of this virtuallibrary service with 112 guides and 25056 views with a highpoint of 2605 views of all guides in April 2013.Libguides provide a space for content curation ensuring access to academic online sites, databases,creative commons and copyright compliant collections of images, along with online tutorials for creatingpowerpoints, citing sources, starting the research process and related research questions that may arisethrough the process.Love of ReadingFostering a love of reading produced some fine opportunities for students and faculty to engage with thelibrary collections and the librarians. The Lower School Library staff did outstanding work through theRooster Games, a monumental task of coordinating time, space, collections of books, booktalks and adulthelp with a culminating morning of literature related activities. Battle of the Books reached the 25 year markwith the leadership of the Lower School Librarians, working with their colleagues at Gordon, Lincoln, and St.Michaels.The Literary Lunches continue to be very popular with both adult readers and student listeners! TheMiddle School added an independent reading initiative sponsoring a Reading Room activity for 3 quarters ofthe year and the first voting participation for Wheeler in the Rhode Island Teen Book Awards 2013. 6th gradebook club in January produced a faculty “virtual book club” with Middle School faculty reading, evaluatingand commenting on books to be selected for January 2014 all done through Google Docs. The Upper Schoolindependent reading initiatives produced many interesting and provocative displays, with the most popularbeing the graduating seniors’ recommended books drawing a record participation among seniors andthoughtful browsing of their choices by students and faculty alike.FacilitiesThe 2010 facilities upgrade proposed by Library Consultant Rolf Erikson has undergone review by the EdWojick Architectural firm to update them and bring them in line with current programming initiatives in theschool including the BYOD plan and technology integration efforts. Plans are nearly complete for the LowerSchool Library which will be the first area to be upgraded. Stakeholders in the Middle/Upper School Librarywill be reviewing architects suggestions and plans before the end of the school year looking at SY2015/2016 to bring the 25 year old facilities in line with current technology and information usage and trends.StaffingThe Library Aide position was reinstated this year. Two women who volunteered their time for the previousthree years, Chris Murphy and Andrea Clancy accepted the positions in each library at 12 hours per week.Andrea will be leaving at the end of the school year to seek full time employment and we thank her for all ofher hard work, we truly could not have managed without her help. Chris Murphy will be taking on Andrea’shours working in both libraries. We look forward to having her in the MS/US space. As always, Laura Bradycontinues to volunteer her skills as an Art Historian and Librarian and Wildlife enthusiast during criticalresearch projects and with collection management bringing her practiced and knowledgeable eye to the Artbooks collection. Thank you!