At the end of every year I send out a student EOY survey and a faculty EOY survey. This is very informative for me. I am able to hear from my patrons and that is important to me. The student survey is verrrry telling. Those teens will tell it like it is!
Those surveys then go into my EOY library report and I share that report with everyone. And when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE! The EOY report is not only a form of reflection for me but also a part of my library advocacy and as we all know advocacy is a vital part of our job!
BIOGRAPHIES ARE NEGLECTED!
I need to pump up the volume on the biography promos! I don't know why kids miss that section all the time when they themselves often tell me how they like hearing about real life stories. I clearly am not doing my job in the biography section! Next year, we'll have some activities highlighting the biography section.
Overdrive is another "section" of the library that isn't used as often as it should be. I really need to work on that one. The fact the teens don't have to worry about overdue books should be a major selling point! Next year, Overdrive will also another focus next year.
STUDENTS TELL IT LIKE IT IS!
It is very evident Students love their library AND their technology. They, along with myself, wonder "why a library wouldn't have enough computers for a whole class." Ha! I've often asked that myself!
It is also extremely evident that Students love their librarian and that is all that matters. My patrons are happy so I must being doing something right! I have to say I love my job and what I get to do every day. I love the interactions I have with our students and the fun things we get to do in the library. I thought I would miss The Littles in elementary when I left to be with The Teens in middle school but I'm just as much as fun as I did in elementary. These kids push me to be better, to do what I normally wouldn't do (um, hello, 3D printer!) and jump into things I normally wouldn't (let's do this, Makerspaces!). I am the librarian I am because of them.
Every year I get some great input from teachers and every year I come out with a new idea to incorporate into the library program.
BOOK FAIR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Are they worth it? In the elementary I'm so used to some big profit numbers and the profits help fund a variety of library programs. The Spring book fair is so hard to do because by that time I'm so drained and then to see those numbers in profit it's kind of a let down. It is something, better than nothing. And according to some people those are great profit numbers for the middle school level. I still feel the need to re-evaluate the Spring book fair. Maybe one book fair is good enough?
GOALS for the NEW YEAR!
I work regularly with the ELA department and this year I worked a lot more with the History department as well. What I need to work more with is the Science department.
I'd also like to attend our state Library Association conference. It's been three years since I've been able to attend and I feel a little disconnected from my librarian colleagues and also from the learning opportunities the conference offers.
I'm hoping to get a little more on the makerspace bandwagon. I know the need for it. I see the thrill students get with it. And I understand the benefits of makerspaces. Now, I just need to bite the bullet, get over myself, and do it. I plan to work on some makerspaces and plan them out this summer for the entire year.
I also want to look at the new teacher evaluation tool TTESS and see how the librarian on campus (ME!) can help teachers accomplish their goals.
Those are my summer plans, along with all my summer reading, adult and YA, let's see how far I get and how much I get accomplished!