End of the Year Report, 2013, Wilbury Crockett Library, Wellesley High School
Wilbury Crockett LibraryWellesley High SchoolEnd of Year ReportSubmitted by Deeth EllisJune 15, 2013
Events and Trends in 2012-2013• 46% increase in classes in the WHS library• 12% Increase in circulation• 80% Increase in student volunteers• 10thGrade Research Skills Proficiency• WPS Overdrive Pilot (WEF Funded)• New Freshmen Orientation Video• WHS Library: Teacher/Staff Survey• Two school library practicum students: Jaime Bears,Simmons College; and Lisa Rogers, Cambridge College• Strategic Plan Work: WHS Library and Wellesley PublicSchools
WHS Library - Looking Forward2013-2014• Continue collaborative work to integrate and assessstudents’ research and information literacy skills.• Support Social Studies Curriculum development.• Support Science Curriculum review.• Ensure role of department of libraries is defined inWPS Strategic Plan.• Present Library Strategic Plan to WPS.• Advocate for reinstatement of second professionalposition at WHS.• Overdrive eBook Evaluation Program Continues.• Evaluate WHS Library’s web presence and usefulnessto the community. Make recommendations forimprovements.
Classes in the WHS LibraryReasons for more classes:• 2 spaces available for teachers (1938 Room & Lab 358)• Increase in 10thgrade research assignments.• More teachers integrating library skills independently intheir lessons and projects (ex. Earth Science, WorldHistory, US History).2011-2012 2012-2013176 258
Overdrive PilotWEF Grant – Fiction eBooks on Demand• $6,000 ($3000 for content) for OverdriveDigital Library to provide content from “BigSix” publishers.• K-12 – to support iPad initiative, SPEDstudents, and reading for pleasure.• 12 Devices purchased for WHS Library (6Nooks, 6 Kindles)
Overdrive Pilot - GoalTo create a digital library of trade(fiction/high interest non-fiction) titles thatsupport WPS curriculum and reading forpleasure. Titles can be viewed or listened toon any device (computer, iPad, iPod Touch,phone, Kindle, etc.)
Overdrive Pilot:Disappointing StatisticsNumber of Checkouts Month9 September11 October12 November19 December22 January14 February6 March2 April1 May96 Total
Overdrive Pilot:General Challenges• Each device required a different way to download anddifferent way to log in.• Elementary and WMS Students need parent informationwhich was not always available. Syncing turned off at home.• Not always intuitive.• More than one copy of many of the audio books/ebooksneeded.• Someone in each building needed to promote, support andtrain.• Planning from staff before they need the books.• Teachers need easy access to account information.• Creating more training opportunities.
Overdrive Pilot: QuestionsLooking Forward•Collection Development: Building acollection tailored to schools’ needs.•Marketing/PR/Training: Increasedand more effective training andpromoting staff’s independent use ofdigital library. Professionaldevelopment?•Funding/Sustainability: Budget –who pays? Subscription model.
Strategic Planning• Department of Libraries, Wellesley PublicSchools K-12• Final Draft aligned with WPS strategic plan tobe completed 7/2013 by Carolyn Markuson,director of libraries, Elisabeth Zimmer,librarian, Schofield Elementary & Deeth Ellis,librarian, Wellesley High School.• Wellesley Public Schools Strategic Planning• Deeth Ellis, librarian, Wellesley High Schoolserved on Strategic Plan Advisory Committee(SPAC).
Strategic Planning, Libraries K-12Vision Statement DRAFTThe Wellesley Public School’s LibraryProgram reinforces the system’s core valuesthrough the support and implementation of thedistrict’s instructional goals. As a vitalcomponent of the educational experience, theLibrary Department helps develop curious,creative, independent problem solvers who areresponsible global citizens able to demonstrateacademic scholarship, information literacy, and alove of reading.
Strategic Planning, Libraries K-12New Mission Statement DRAFT• The Wellesley Public School Library Program supports the teachingand learning of faculty and students in all grades, fosters a life-longlove of learning and reading, and encourages the development ofcritical thinking and digital citizenship skills.• The mission is accomplished through a WPS library curriculum withliterary and information literacy benchmarks and by:• Collaborating with the faculty to develop effective learning strategies thataddress the needs of students in an ever-changing global environment;• Providing instruction to foster research competency and stimulate interest inreading, viewing, using, and producing knowledge and ideas;• Providing guidance and access to informational and recreational materials forthe school community.
Teacher/Staff Library Survey– Identified Trends35 respondents• Staff want to be introduced to and learn about digitalresources in particular those that could be used as digitaltextbooks or course material.• Over 50% of respondents ask students to complete aresearch project in their class each year.• Students need help with breaking down a large topic tostart a research project, finding and selecting digitalresources independently and citing sources properly.
WHS Library Money Spent2012-2013• $15,300.00 - Operating Budget• $10,000 - PTSO - For Print and eBooks• $6000 WEF Grant for Overdrive for WPS district.Approximately 1/3 went toward content forsecondary level.
In Collaboration with WellesleyFree Library• WHS Library Strategic Plan• eBook/Overdrive Meeting, May 2013• New from Wellesley Free Library:•Historical Newspapers database(starting FY 2014)•Nature magazine (starting FY2014)• Promoting Summer Reading 2013
Usage StatisticsWilbury Crockett LibraryWellesley High School2012-2013
Research Project Resource Guides– WHS Library Research WikiProject Page Number of Hits (2012-2013)Independent Research Project –11thGrade English (Honors)1,406Climate Change – 9thGrade EarthScience1,230Mythology – 9thGrade English 714African Imperialism – 10thGradeWorld History1,056American Author – 10thGradeEnglish944
Student Volunteers2012-2013• 32 student volunteers2011-2012• 18 student volunteersStudents volunteered for National Honor Societyor Key Club hours. Some in order to get junior orsenior passes.
New! – Two Group Study Roomsin Library1189 student groups used StudyRoomsStudents are encouraged to use studyrooms towork in groups of 5 or more. They reserve and signin to use the rooms in a book at the front desk.
Decorating the WHS Library withFavorite Poems – April 12, 2013Master of Ceremonies, Tom B.(left).Seniors, Charlotte and Susannahshare a favorite poem.During National PoetryMonth in April studentsposted, read andlistened to peers readpoems.
Gayle Forman, author of Just One Day, If I Stay,and Where She Went speaks to studentsin the Wilbury Crockett Library
Bradford Articles on WHSLibrary• "Panelists encourage students to join scientificdebate” on Henrietta Lacks assembly – p. 1 (Oct.2012).• "Black History Month commemorates blackaccomplishment”– p.1 (Feb. 2013).• "Author Gayle Forman spreads awareness foryoung adult fiction” on author’s visit withEnglish classes in WHS Library – p. 4 (Feb. 2013).• "Wellesley High School Library displaysappreciation towards Asian-Pacific immigrants” -Page 6L ((May 2013).
Advising Student Clubs•Mrs. Ellis, Adviser to Anime/MangaClub•Tabletop Gaming with C. Rondash,instructional library assistant•Movie Club with J. Pollack,instructional library assistant
New 9thGrade Library Orientation Video,Senior Project by L. DeFazio & T. Berman, Classof 2013 with A. Jamali