Timberwolf Library Goalsand Strategic Plans2012-2013
Library Usage Goal
In order to support student achievement in all subject areas and in all grade levels, identify areas of weakness (areas of low library collaboration by either subject area or grade level) and increase collaboration and library usage (both computer usage and collection usage) by at least 25% .
Rationale: The 2011-2012 school year's goal focused on collaboration throughout the school. This year, the Teacher Librarian and the library staff will focus on establishing a broad base of collaboration. It is the desire of the Teacher Librarian and the library staff that students have access to the library and collaboratively taught lessons that focus on 21st Century Learner Standards in all subject areas and in all grade levels. While we know that we cannot reach every student in every class every year, it is important that the skills taught in the library are reinforced across the curriculum and throughout a student's educational career.

Plan*:
Monthly - make short presentations at in-service and staff meetings about both possible and successful collaborative lessons.
Summer - analyze previous years' data about collaboration in regards to both subject area and grade level. Identify levels of collaboration, as well as success of lessons in terms of student achievement and library usage.
Fall - identify "collaboration friendly" teachers in each grade level and increase collaboration with these teachers in regards to grade level. Brainstorm and identify non-threatening methods of approaching other teachers with LAC. Make library collaboration presentations for new teachers during meetings.
Winter - During staff meetings, celebrate successful collaborative efforts and compile and share positive data in regards to student achievement and teacher reaction about collaborative lessons taught thus far.
Spring - Collect and analyze data about "new" partnerships for this school year. Evaluate strategic plan and goal for success with LAC and make plans for next school year.

Collection Development Goal
Weed and develop the reference, graphic novel (741.5) and story collection sections so that they meet the needs of the school community of Grand Mesa Middle School.
Rationale: In the previous two years, the fiction and non-fiction sections of the Timberwolf Library have been updated and developed, leaving the reference and story collections. Also, in the Timberwolf Library, books classified as graphic novels (call number 741.5) are in their own section that also needs to be weeded. Because these sections have not been weeded nor developed with student interests and curricular needs in mind, it is imperative that attention be given and funds be allotted to their development. Weeding and Development will be based on user-needs assessments, the Crew Method, and Table 10.1: Age and Circulation Guidelines (from The Collection Program in Schools: Fourth Edition by Kay Bishop).

Plan*:
Summer - gather age and circulation data from district and analyze for major issues (insufficient/outdated materials, areas in need of extra heavy weeding, and possible implications of heaving weeding on upcoming school year. Create user-needs assessment to be distributed in the fall
Fall- begin weeding identified sections, distribute and analyze user-needs assessment, identify areas of greatest need and create booklist to fill in gaps. Meet with VATs evaluate reference needs (identify print/hardcopy needs that cannot/are not met by online databases and resources).
Winter - place book order and continue to weed, identifying books for replacement and further areas of need. Meet with content area teachers as well as LAC members to decide which needs have been met and which have not. Look for and apply for possible grants - esp. if grants are available for reference materials. Analyze circulation statistics of story collection and graphic novels and create possible collaborative lessons that can be taught using these sections.
Spring - collect and analyze circulation statistics of identified sections. Meet with LAC to evaluate success of strategic plan and goal and discuss/create action plan for next year.

21st Century Skills Goal
In an effort to bridge the "technology gap" between parents and students, Teacher Librarian and library staff will create parent and community friendly resources encouraging the application of 21st Century Learner Standards and Goals.
Rationale: The 2011-2012 goal focused on bridging the gap between the standards and the classroom. In an effort to support the standards in and outside of the classroom, it is the desire of the library staff to help parents not only understand the skills their students need (and are learning) to survive in the 21st century/technology based world, but also to help the parents themselves to survive.

Plan*:
Summer - create and distribute a parent skills assessment, as well as a parent needs assessment and analyze the results. Brainstorm possible programming with help from LAC.
Fall - implement at least one new parent-centered 21st century skills presentation/class. Consult with teachers and LAC about possible upgrades to the Library Newsletter
Winter - evaluate the success of current programs and implement at least one more program. Consult with administration and counseling staff for other possible parental needs that may overlap in programming.
Spring/Summer - create and distribute another parent skills assessment and a parent needs assessment to identify which parts of strategic plan were successful. Evaluate strategic plan and goal and discuss/create action plan for next year.


*During the summer of 2012, strategic plans for goals will become more detailed and likely contain monthly tasks. However, until the school year is current, it is difficult to make montly tasks because of significant variables (ie staff turnover, budget changes, SIPPA, etc.)

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