These projects were compiled as a part of my Library Practicum in the Spring of 2019. Because I'm currently working as a library media specialist, I was able to use my own library as my practicum, under the advisement of a fellow district librarian.
Project #1 - Infographics about the library - Standard 2 (4)
My first project addresses Standard 2, Principle 4: Research/Assessment/Reporting - The librarian manages a successful program by demonstrating the value of the library program through research, data collection, assessment, evaluation, and dissemination of information about services and resources.
This principle was an area that needed attention on our campus as teachers and administrators had very little information about the resources and services available in the library. To address that issue, I created an infographic that gave a snapshot of the library program as it stands with areas identified for potential growth. This is primarily for our administrative team. I also created a library services menu so that teachers and administrators know what services are available in the library, which I emailed to our entire school and have posted on my office door and in the lounges. To assist in data collection about the value of the program, specifically regarding how many students are served in a day and for what purpose, I created a Google Form to collect student data as they enter the library. This allows me to show others what our students use the library for and the value of keeping it open as often as possible as opposed to being closed unnecessarily.
Project #2 - The CBJ Book Club - Standard 1(2) and Standard 5 (2)
My second project addresses Standard 1; Principle 2: The librarian works collaboratively with students, teachers and the community to promote local, state and national reading initiatives that encourage learners to read, write, speak, and listen for understanding and enjoyment and Standard 5; Principle 2: The librarian is knowledgable about learning differences and ethnically and culturally diverse interests of the school and local community and develops a school library program that responds to these unique community characteristics.
The CBJ book club gave me an opportunity to work collaboratively with two teachers on our campus to highlight a book that dealt with topical subject matter that we felt might resonate with our majority minority school population. The idea going forward is to continue to work with books deal with realistic issues and that highlight cultural diversity and thusly understanding with our students. The book club ideally gives students the opportunity to read and discuss their reading and understanding with other students in an informal context which would allow for thought provoking discussions and lead to other topics and titles to read for enjoyment.
Click the picture to open PDF version of the report on the book club.
Project #3 - Videos - Standard 3 (4)
My third project addresses Standard 3, Principle 4: The librarian models information problem solving processes while providing formal and informal instruction about reference and research techniques.
One way I can model for my teachers and students is via video tutorials. This gives the audience a way to go back and revisit the tutorial on an as needed basis and the flexibility to access the information at a time that is relevant and convenient to them.