Timberwolf Library Goalsand Strategic Plans2010 -2011

Library Usage Goal
Support student achievement by increasing the amount of library usage (both computer usage and collection usage - book check out, reading/studying, etc., as well as individual use and class use - i.e. teacher librarian collaboration) by at least 30% through implementation of new layout and programming.
Rationale: according to members of the LAC, the library has not been a welcoming place for students in the past. It is the desire of both the library staff, the teachers and the administration to create a library environment that is not only conducive to learning, but welcoming and engaging. By creating a learning commons space that is accessible and implementing programming that allows individual students access during the school day as well as before and after school, student achievement will be supported across the curriculum.

Plan:
June & July: move bookshelves and reorganize collection placement for ease of use.
August: create new signage, bring in furniture for 'reading dens'; introduce new library layout and organizational systems to staff at fall in-service; create spreadsheet and protocol for establishing baseline data for individual and class library use library use; brainstorm possible programs for immediate implementation (author spotlights, "new arrivals" table, etc.)
September: collect data about library use (both individual and class - teacher/librarian collaboration), introduce new layout and organizational systems to classes; complete staff survey about collaboration opportunities and experiences
October: collect data about library use; open library before school (7am) for student use on a trial basis; meet with subject area VAT teams to discuss collaboration possibilities
November: compare data from September and October and evaluate effectiveness of extended library hours in terms of student achievement & effectiveness, plan next steps
December: continue to collect data; compile statistics about library usage for first semester, brainstorm possibilities for teacher/librarian collaboration second semester (see 21st Century Skills goal); implement library newsletter
January: continue to collect data; start a monthly book club (meets after school); send out first library online-newsletter to parents and community and monitor 'traffic' (number of hits to website)
February: continue to collect data; extend library hours to include after school time (7:00am - 3:30pm)
March: continue to collect data; complete student survey of library layout (survey will differ for each grade level); complete second staff survey about collaboration opportunities and experiences
April: compare data for the entire year to identify trends, areas of strength and weaknesses and possible next steps
May: compile data & statistics about library usage for the entire year and use to review and adjust goals for 2011-2012

Collection Development Goal
Reduce the average copyright age of the fiction section by at least 4 years through weeding and collection development (purchasing materials).
Rationale: because the collection has not been properly weeded in over 10 years, it is imperative that the collection be thoroughly weeded. By a majority vote, the LAC decided to begin the weeding process in the fiction section because much of the materials needed in the non-fiction, reference and biography sections can be found online, and there are grant options available for these sections. However, the grant application process takes time, and by purchasing paperback books (and vista foil to cover them) fundraiser funds, along with budget money, will be sufficient to supplement the fiction section immediately and adequately. The current average age of the fiction section in the Timberwolf Library is 1995, so the goal will be to develop the collection through weeding and purchasing to 1999 or younger.

Plan:
August - begin weeding fiction collection following the CREW method.
September - host online fundraiser (use Mackin Funds 4 Books unless more effective fundraiser can be found) finish weeding and create fall book order. Fall book order will consist mostly of new titles, especially low level high interest titles (Orca Soundings, Currents & Sports, etc.)
October - host fall book fair, place fall book order - use funds from online fundraiser and budget money if needed
November - establish books that should not be weeded by should be replaced.
December - order books that need to be replaced - use budget funds
January - establish 'holes' possibly created by weeding, and begin winter book list
February - place winter book order, complete inventory with help of district staff
March - request updated collection statistics from district, check to see if goal has been met. During March meeting, discuss the success thus far of collection development goal, implement changes if necessary.
April - quick weed any books that are tattered or need replacement (like in November). Using district information, create summer book list of books that have been lost or need replacement.
May - host spring book fair, place summer book order (to use up last of district budgeted funds), review and create strategic plan for 2011-2012 collection development goal.

21st Century Skills Goal
Increase the number of staff members who score proficient or above on the District 51 Technology assessment by at least 25%, and increase the amount of Web 2.0 tools used in both classroom and library settings to support school UIP (Unified Improvement Plan) reading and writing goals.
Rationale: With the implementation of a district technology assessment for staff members, it is imperative that the teacher librarian and the library staff provide support for teachers - both for those who do not score proficent on the assessment, and those who do. In order to provide this support, the teacher librarian will conduct in-service sessions, presentations at meetings and provide opportunities for staff in order to help raise both awareness about technology, 21st Century Learner Skills and Web 2.0 tools. In the past, the librarian of the Timberwolf library did not collaborate with teachers regarding technology or 21st Century Learner Skills, therefore, in order to support the UIP of GMMS, the teacher librarian will develop a system for tracking the use of internet and Web 2.0 tools during the school year, as well as be available and encourage collaboration with teachers through in-service and VAT (vertical alignment team) meetings.

Plan:
Monthly - create and present information sessions for staff meetings about various web 2.0 tools and other technology uses (ie copyright/attribution guidelines, integrating websearches into lessons, online catalog, etc.). Decide on presentations using information, data and ideas gleaned from staff technology assessment results, LAC meetings and VAT meetings.
Fall - organize and participate in fall staff technology assessment, collect and analyze results and establish improvement plans for staff members who score partially proficent or below, meet with subject area VATs to discuss possiblities of integrating technology into classroom (assessment ideas, websearches, etc.), collaborate when possible and document process
Winter - meet with district technology representatives to discuss improvement plans as well as technology needs for building, meet with administration to plan in-service in January, possible re-assessment for partially proficient or lower staff members, collaborate when possible and document process
Spring - compile first semester statistics and reassess entire staff, meet with staff who remain partially proficient or lower to revise plans for next school year, create and present informmation on staff technology scores and technology integration into instruction for staff meeting/in-service time, meet with LAC to discuss next steps.


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