One of my main goals in these monthly reports is to provide a data-rich and transparent snapshot of what goes on in our library, often behind the scenes. We have completed "Refresh," and $53,000 worth of laptops/desktops/keypads/external CD drives/docking stations were added for faculty and staff. Whew! Thank you to Suzette Cornish! April has also been a busy month (virtually full calendar!) in my most favorite way...instructional partnerships. Nothing is more exciting or fulfilling, in my view, than working closely with teachers to develop lessons using a full range of library resources...databases, citation tools (NoodleTools), eBooks, virtual reference, print materials, Makerspace items, and digital creation tools such as Padlet and Board Builder. Very gratifying is seeing the terrific response to our new eBooks from the Gale Virtual Reference Library - over 344 checkouts/retrievals (month of April); over 3500 views of our Libguides (month of April), and nearly 300 citations/electronic notecards created using NoodleTools (month of April). Alice Bradley, Chellee McDougal, and Charla Randall are to be commended for leading the way on NoodleTools. I especially love bolstering student knowledge and skills in gathering, assessing, and applying information in ways that support content, technology, and library standards. We have had a full schedule of research on genetically modified organisms, The Quest (Unknown, New Life, Cure, New Civilization) , and Hatchet (Survival Theme). A new framework in helping school librarians achieve this is the Future Ready Librarians concept. This framework will provide resources, strategies, and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.
Future Ready Librarians Action Gears
Future Ready Librarians Framework
Framework highlights from April:
- Leads in the selection, integration, organization, and sharing of digital resources and tools to support transformational teaching and learning and develop the digital curation skills of others.
- Encourages and facilitates students to become increasingly self-directed as they create digital products of their learning that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration and authentic, real-world problem solving.
- Partners with educators to design and implement evidence-based curricula and assessments that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation and the active use of technology.
- Provides flexible spaces that promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration and community.
LIBRARY MISSION AND GOALS
At Ralph Chandler Middle School Library, our goal is to ensure that learners leave here as competent, critical, and ethical users and producers of ideas and information. It is our mission to prepare lifelong learners; information literate young people able to determine their information needs, recognize and utilize relevant and credible resources, all while evolving into impassioned readers. We seek to underscore the profile of a South Carolina graduate by encouraging students to be creative, innovative, collaborative, self-directed critical thinkers, who become adept at problem solving and who attain a global perspective.
Circulation dropped in the month of April.
RCMS is still a strong contender in the use of OverDrive eBooks.