If you have not joined the New Hampshire Educational Media Association, now is a great time to join.
Remember: What you do is important! You are a teacher, an administrator and a valuable resource. If you are making a difference, make sure your principal knows that!
If your circulation is up by 1.5%, but your gate count is down that could mean that more teachers are booking library time. Your principal/superintendant won’t know that if you don’t tell them… be ready to explain what they are seeing, don’t make them guess it’s not safe to assume they will understand!
Data Mining And Library Reports
Data Mining and Library Reports<br />Andrea Ange, MPA<br />Campbell High School, Litchfield School District<br />
NHEMA<br />NHEMA is a professional organization representing school library media professionals and paraprofessionals. We are an affiliate of AASL, The American Association of School Librarians. We provide our members with a forum for the exchange of ideas and with opportunities for professional growth through publications, conferences, and staff development workshops.<br />
NHEMA Mission<br />NHEMA'S mission is to ensure that all members of the New Hampshire school community become effective users of ideas and information, and school library media programs are an integral part of the teaching/learning process in every New Hampshire school. <br />
What is data mining?<br />data mining <br />Function: noun<br />Date: 1988 <br /> The practice of searching through large amounts of computerized data to find useful patterns or trends. <br />"data mining." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009. Merriam-Webster Online. 6 May 2009<http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/data mining>.<br />
Why are you here? <br />Are you worried about your library?<br />You should be.<br />What can you do to make yourself more visible? <br />Join committees, keep track of curriculum changes<br />What makes you valuable to an administrator?<br />Your numbers….<br />
What can I do? <br />Today’s administrators are not taught how to use libraries in their school administration programs.<br />They do teach administrators how to analyze numbers. So When in Rome…..<br />Record library usage, even if it’s just to use the copier.<br />Track database usage, get information from your publishers.<br />Be prepared to explain your numbers.<br />
Your report should not:<br />Be a dry reiteration of facts<br />Lead to false conclusions about your program<br />Make everything look easy<br />Be boring<br />
Your Report Should<br />Be narrative<br />Emphasize numerical information<br />Indicate problem areas<br />Propose solutions<br />Be easy to read, no more than three pages<br />Reflect who you are, what you do, and how you do it!<br />
What should I include?<br />Your narrative should be an overview of what has happened in the library/media center over the year.<br />Your data body should include: a gate count, circulation totals, database usage, and if you have it, the number of teachers you worked with and how students are using the library/media center.<br />
What should I include? cont…<br />Your evaluation of data should indicate an increase or decrease by percentage <br />SWOT – Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats<br />Think of the SWOT acronym when you are evaluating your data. <br />
Closing Narrative<br />Your closing narrative needs to have information about next year’s goals<br />You should have at least two or three goals<br />Your goals should align with your district/schools goals<br />
Questions? <br />Included in your packet is a copy of last year’s annual report to my principal<br />My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org<br />