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OMS Media Center 2017-2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

According to R. David Lankes (2016), the mission of the library is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in the community.

The media center at Orono Middle School is a learning space that supports its community members by facilitating the learning process of both students and staff.

It strives to provide resources, including technology, information, and print, along with space.

The media center is for:
  • exploration
  • creation
  • collaboration
  • research
  • development of 21st century literacies
The media center staff support the learning that takes place in our building.Our purpose is to support our learners in three areas: Promotion of reading, asset management, and information literacy.

Promotion of Reading

During the two weeks of school, All three grade levels visited the library to get started on their recreational reading for the year. We saw EVERY student at OMS in the course of seven days, and shared a library orientation with sixth graders, a book pass event with 7th graders, and a scavenger hunt for 8th graders.
This year marked the first year of OMS Reads. According to our data, 68% of OMS students and 100% of teachers enjoy OMS Reads. It also has supported 41% of our students and 63% of teachers in reading MORE this year than last year.
In the fall of 2017, we had two authors visit OMS. In an opportunity funded through an OMSPA grant, approximately 120 students signed up to hear Pete Hautman speak about his writing, and two 7th grade English sections had the opportunity to hear Orono alum Madeleine Roux talk about her writing process.
In march, Students and staff participated in the first ever OMS Tournament of Books. After four rounds of voting and over 800 votes, Wonder by RJ Palacio was declared the winner.
During the 17-18 school year, The OMS Staff Book Club read and discussed 7 books together.
In February, The Scholastic Book Fair returned. We raised over $1400 to purchase books for our library.
At the end of May, sixth and seventh grade students had an opportunity to "double book" their summer by checking out two books from the OMS media center to read.
Books will be due back during the first week of school in 2018.
Not only were students able to check out books, but they were encouraged to make a #TBR (to be read) list as they planned ahead to June, July, and August.
Over 300 books were checked out for summer reading by 6th and 7th graders!

Asset Management & Curation

Throughout the year, we added many new titles to our collection.
Overall, 563 new titles were added, including:
79 Graphic Novels
36 Spanish Books
9 Picture Books
and 93 Nonfiction Titles

Overall, we had 17,931 circulations during the 2017-18 school year, which is higher than the 16,490 circulations that occurred during the 2016-17 school year.

Based on user feedback, we also took ALL 4,569 books in our fiction collection and reorganized them according to genre over a three-day period.
We also added new seating for students to read and work.
This was made possible by OMSPA, who gave the OMS media center a grant to purchase Chairs and tables.
And a Mobile Makers Studio was launched for use in the classroom.

Information Literacy

Throughout the year, lessons related to information literacy were taught to OMS students.

They included:

  • Lessons twice a month to 6th grade students about library orientation, nonfiction vs. fiction, nonfiction organization, and reading promotion.
  • Lessons on finding valid sources, database orientation, and a book pass activity with 7th grade.
  • And lessons on social media and your future, databases vs. Google, and reading promotion through book talks in 8th grade.

Goals for next year

Goals for next year include:

  • Continuing to build a strong culture of literacy, including more whole school activities like World Read Aloud Day, more student input in the OMS Tournament of Books, and a Guess the Reader contest
  • Increasing collaboration with teachers around information literacy
  • Creating a partnership with Hennepin County Library to provide public library cards and access to their resources for students
  • Launching and facilitating the SparTechs, student-based tech support
  • Supporting teachers and students in the use of Schoology next year
  • Advocating for libraries and media specialists across the district
thank you, everyone, for your support of the OMS media center. It was a great year!

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