Libraries are very valuable assets for their schools, not only in terms of the cost of the resources, furniture and equipment, but also the investment in professional staffing. It is essential that professional Librarians clearly demonstrate how the Library is developing and also carefully plan each stage as it moves forwards.
Our Annual Report for 2011-2012 and our Development Plan for 2012-2013 are embedded below:
We would like to find out the extent of ebook and ereader ownership and use at The Dixie Grammar School. If you are a student in Year 4 and above or a member of staff, please follow this link and fill in the survey.
A Very Happy New Year to all our visitors – hope 2012 is a good one for you!
2012 by Frank Bonilla on Flickr
As Mrs Robinson is now running a Library Service across both our Senior and Junior Schools (working with Mrs Enston at our Junior School), she has decided to write a full Progress Report at the end of each term. You can download and read it below:
Mrs Robinson will now be working on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Junior School during term time. This week, she has done the following:
1) Checked off the new books from Peters Bookselling Services.
2) Labelled and covered some of the existing stock.
3) Put staff details on Junior Librarian.
4) Assembled some new shelf guides for the Fiction section.
5) Started a simple user guide to the basic systems of the Library to be kept on the desk.
6) Started the process of developing management information and evaluation of the Library: inclusion in the Annual Report, finance documents, Library Development Plan, Library Policy and Library Procedures Manual etc.
Great news! We can now borrow books for the Junior School from LSE – our local Schools Library Service. Mrs Robinson will talk to the teaching staff to find out the topics they would like resourcing during the second half of this term and then she will go to LSE and choose suitable books. These can then be used either in the classroom or in the Library.
Mrs Robinson was on holiday during Week 6 so this is our update at the end of Week 7.
At the end of Week 7 (2 September) Mrs Robinson has:
1) Catalogued 1549 books.
Fiction complete, picture books complete, non-fiction almost complete. Some books need to be labelled and the labels covered.
2) Labelled 1400 books.
3) The Junior Librarian (Library Management System) has been set up with all of the students’ details.
Staff details still to be added.
4) The Library has been left neat and tidy.
There are signs on the shelves to show what work needs to be done next.
5) Mrs Robinson and Mrs Enston have visited Peters Booksellers in Birmingham and have spent £4000 on some lovely new books!
These will be delivered next week and then Mrs Robinson will start cataloguing and processing them ready for shelving.
Plans for the Autumn Term
Mrs Robinson is discussing with the school management to see when she will be working at the Junior School during the Autumn Term. We are hoping that this will be on a regular as there is a lot of work to do!
1) Finishing cataloguing and processing the existing stock – there is a small amount of this to finish.
2) Cataloguing and processing the new stock when it arrives.
3) Making a wish list on the Library Online website to encourage students and staff to suggest new stock.
4) Putting staff details on Junior Librarian.
5) Setting up the borrower rights on Junior Librarian and testing to ensure stock can be issued and returned.
6) Signs and guiding for the new layout.
8) Writing a simple user guide to the basic systems of the Library to be kept on the desk.
9) Teaching Mrs Enston the basics of Junior Librarian. More advanced training to be done at a later date.
10) Teaching staff how to use Junior Librarian – they will need to know how to issue and return books for their classes and also how to conduct basic searches.
11) Teaching student Library Helpers how to issue and return books and how to conduct basic searches.
12) Making a list of suitable jobs for Library Helpers and training them how to do these.
13) Making a list of suitable tasks for Parent Volunteers and training them how to do these.
14) Opening discussions with staff and students as to their wants/needs in terms of library use so that we can come up with a plan for possible future refurbishment.
15) Talking to staff about their resource needs so that we can purchase suitable stock in the future.
16) Starting the process of developing management information and evaluation of the Library: inclusion in the Annual Report, finance documents, Library Development Plan, Library Policy and Library Procedures Manual etc.
We have made good progress this week – all of the Fiction books are now catalogued and labelled and Mrs Robinson has started on the Non-Fiction books. Thanks to her son, Mark, for helping! Mrs Enston has also been in to see how we are getting on and is coming in to help next week.
So, by the end of Week 4 (12 August) Mrs Robinson has:
1) Catalogued 1127 books.
Fiction complete, picture books almost finished, 900s and 800s (Non-Fiction) also complete.
2) Labelled 1152 books.
Most of these also have the label covers on too – looking very smart! These are taking longer to do than anticipated.
Plan for Week 5
As the Junior School is closed on two days, Mrs Robinson will be working there Tuesday to Thursday. She hopes to make good progress towards cataloguing the rest of the Non-Fiction.
We have also organised our book-buying visit for 2 September, which will be great!
This slideshow will give you an idea of how we are progressing – the newest photos are first:
We now have access to Listening Books. This is an online audio streaming and download service providing children's fiction and non-fiction in an audio format.
Please see Mrs Robinson for more information.
Mrs Robinson is making a range of Research Guides using the LibGuides platform. Please ask her if you want more information. This widget lists all of our published guides.
If you cannot see the widget, you can access the full list here: