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Library Visitation and Action Plan

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