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That Time of Year – Annual Reports

School Librarians are now in the midst of performing year end duties – chasing down overdue books, shelf-reading the entire Library, doing inventory,  planning for the new school year, speaking with teachers about their intended themes, and cataloging/processing books.  One important thing that tends to get overlooked is the annual report.  The annual report reflects how your Library was used over the year.  Things that can be included in your annual report (but not limited)

  • How many items were circulate

  • How many books were added to the collection

  • How many classes attended throughout the year

  • Types of programs/services that were offered

  • If you have a website, how many hits it received

  • Author visits

  • Any new additions to the Library (furniture, tech items, etc)

  • Other work that was performed by the Librarian (writing grants, securing author visits, etc.)

Pictures can be added if you have any.  It can be as short or as long as you want it to be.  The decision is yours.  Remember that this is an important tool to gauge the success of your Library within the school.

Interesting blog that I found:  Library Girl: School Annual Reports

Check out our tab on Annual Reports

Here is my report : Westwood High School- annual report – 2015

Here is the PCHS report from 2013-2014:  PCHS Library Report 2014 (2)

If you would like to share your annual report, please send it to

UPDATE: We now have a few reports from our various elementary and high school libraries available on the 2015 Annual Report page.  Check out the great things that libraries are doing!

Submitted by :  Kathy Conroy, Westwood High School – Junior Campus and Mount Pleasant Elementary


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Blog Post of the Week: Latest Study Confirms that School Libraries Positively impact Student Test Scores

We all know this to be true but it is always nice to see other people saying it as well.  Check out this article that was posted on Seattle pi.  There is also a great infographic that you could share with your school community!

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Celebrating Culture Month in the Library

Activities that are going on at one of our school libraries. What are you doing at your library? Send us your activities and we will post them!

Westwood Junior Library

April is culture month so we will be celebrating the arts in the Library.  Here is a list of activities in the Library:

wordlePoetry Challenge – celebrate poetry month in the library by helping to build the poetry wall!   Either write your own poem or bring in your favourite poem.

minecraftMinecraft Challenge on Wednesday, April 15,  in the Library at the beginning of  lunch (this means bring your lunch to the library on that day).   This is a building challenge!  Space is limited!  Sign up today!

Image taken from: The minecraft creeper pirate by Zedig

bob bannerBattle of the Books – Finals at the LBPSB Boardroom.   The Battle starts at 7 p.m.   Our own Westwood Jr team will be at the finals so come and cheer them on!

music noteName that Tune!  Think you know your music? Join this challenge on Tuesday, April 21 at lunch time. The person with the…

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We all have to start somewhere. Students enrolled in Library Sciences, Document Technology and even Records Management are called upon to complete a period of internship. It allows us/them to put into practice what is learned in the classroom. The following is a blog prepared by such an intern at my high school library when asked to describe her expectations as an intern or “stagière”. Do you remember your internship days?

As a librarian, have you ever asked yourself what impact you want to have on your patrons? On your students? What role does the library have in your community? Do teenagers care? There are so many questions that have to be answered! Whether you are a solo librarian or work in a team, you have to plan and think ahead as you go.

Nowadays, some people consider that libraries are outdated and have no useful purpose…Is that today’s reality? Absolutely not! Especially when your space is equipped with sofas and digital tools. It all depends on the kind of librarian YOU want to be, and what YOU want your community to learn from your library. You must think about what your patrons want and what their needs are. Make it appealing to them, so that they see the real purpose of the library and like coming there.

Most people feel confident about their way of finding information, but they just might not realize yet that there is just so much more to it! This is where we, librarians, come into play. Why not help and encourage them to expand their searches beyond Google? Show them that the library is a safe place, where they are free to ask questions, learn, and explore. School librarians; let’s not forget that teachers also play an important role in helping the students to use the resources available.

A good sense of humour goes a long way when dealing with teenagers and their never-ending quest to challenge the adults around them!

Submitted by T.P., stagière @ PCHS and C.A. Case from PCHS

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Another Great Partnership or Getting the Job Done!

Finding volunteers for a high school library isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Can I get everything done alone in a given school year? Yes, but not as quickly! I have a great team of parents who often go above and beyond the usual tasks of book processing, manning the Circulation Desk at lunchtime and more. Dusting and washing tables come to mind! However, their numbers are dropping significantly as teens graduate and everyone moves on with their lives. Parents of incoming students tend to have jobs of their own and so do not have the time to volunteer.

Student library volunteers are fabulous too. They learn to be part of our community, learn new skills and gain self-esteem. Until homework, exams or commitments to the school play, sports and the attraction of so many extra-curricular activities draws them away – for a time.

Consistency in accomplishing the required tasks is likely to be compromised.

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Imagine my delight when our school’s receptionist extraordinaire approached me with an offer of help – with the principal’s approval of course! She explained that there are times in her hectic schedule when things are not so hectic and that she was more than willing to cover some books for the library while manning her desk. A few minutes of basic training later and a partnership was born! She finds the process relaxing and proudly points out to students the books she has covered when she routinely visits the library. In fact, the rest of our staff has become accustomed to seeing her putting the finishing touches on a stack of new books. Every bit helps. Thanks Kim. I help her in the Fall when the new textbooks and workbooks are delivered. Now that’s teamwork.

Do you have volunteers from unlikely sources?

Submitted by C.A. Case from PCHS

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Teenagers in the School Library

ca1I consider myself extremely fortunate. I work in a public high school populated by teens. It’s a well-used library in an open-concept building that is infused by light provided by skylights. By open-concept, I should add that it is directly above our cafeteria space. Silence does not reign here.

ca2During their free time, breaks and lunch period, students may choose where to spend their precious time. A great many choose the library. No one is forcing them to be here. In fact, students were recently offered three options during the free time in exam-week: go to the cafeteria, go to the gym or go to the library. Again, the emphasis was on choice and no option was obligatory. Again the library was packed.

The library is moving toward a 21st century model with Library Learning Commons concepts. Plans are underway to renovate before the end of this school year. So it came as quite a surprise to me to learn that not everyone supports this shift. In a school? Full of teens? Recently, the teacher on lunch duty escorted from the library all those students making use of their own computers, phones and games. “They should be reading or studying.” I was stunned. “Comfortable seating only makes them want to play.”

That’s when I realized why a key component of the 21st century library, along with collaboration and creativity, is communication. While we expect students to use the library to communicate with one another about their learning, we must ensure that everyone is on the same page. A clear plan should be made available to all those concerned. The library’s clearly defined mission could be built into the school’s over-all success plan. We also need consistency in rules and implementation. Do I have to work on that? Who tells the various groups with the school community? I must find out!

I strongly believe that teens need the library for both the quiet space and for group learning. Perceptions of the library are changing. As our libraries continue to re-define themselves, let’s be sure that everyone involved remains well-informed about the nature of libraries and the role of the school librarian.

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Submitted by CA Case from PCHS