Library report May – changes

Library report May 2014

Successes:

LTEN conference both times in the library

IICS New Literacies Team May 2014

IICS New Literacies Team May 2014

At the start of the month our school hosted the LTEN conference in the library. The first Every LTEN conference, held on 27th April, 2007 was also hosted in our library. It was the perfect example of positive disruption. The Marmara library team, assisted by Cemil and his team, relocated all the MYP/DP collection to temporary area to make room for all the delegates. On the day of the conference Ozlem and Serife helped with registrations. Amanda gave a workshop with Caroline, hosted Kim Cofino from Japan on a Google Hangout and set up student hosts to tour the school.

Marmara Library new layout
The Saturday after the conference Ozlem and I were at school because of the student led conferences so we used our time to rearrange the layout of the shelving for the MYP/DP collection. The new arrangement is more open. It means the library can be used by large groups. We have kept a smaller working space in the centre of the library as well as some individual working spaces.

Greenhouse Book Fairs
We are grateful to Greenhouse Bookshop for running two successful fairs – one at Marmara and the other at Hisar. They were both scheduled for the student led conference days but with the bad weather on the weekend of the Hisar fair they were flexible and agreed to postpone it to the day of the picnic the Tuesday after. Lindsey had about 400TL to spend on books for the Hisar library. Our PTA has decided to hold Greenhouse book fairs at each campus next year, one in fall and the other in spring. They are also investigating running the Greenhouse Book Club a few times each year.

Book Depository experiment

Mrs Bond with Juliette McIver's book Toucan

Mrs Bond with Juliette McIver’s book Toucan

The restriction to ordering once a year means that any books that are popular during the year, any changes or developments to units of inquiry or professional readings have to wait until the next ordering period and the August delivery the following year. A couple of months ago I ordered 8 books through Book Depository which provides free delivery to Turkey. Only 8 because there seems to be an 80 Euro maximum to go through Turkish customs without attracting extra charges. All book arrived within three weeks of the order. This may well be the way to go for future ordering. I would like to set aside more money from the library budget next year for ongoing purchases.

Opportunities
The HIsar library and computer lab is being redesigned right now. It has been a great opportunity to design mobile shelving and book bins at the right height for our lower primary students. Thanks to Jane, Judith and Coskun for the opportunity to dream and plan.

Library Feedback
This year I used two open ended questions with colleagues and primary students. Instead of a Google form which gets only a small response from colleagues I want to thank Angela, Chris and Joe for allowing me to take some meeting time to ask for paper and pen responses. I am currently analysing the results. I want to use the information to inform the 2014- 2015 library goals. I have the raw data if you would like to see that too. So far it is clear people appreciate the staff in both libraries with many comments about how helpful, friendly and welcoming they are.

Challenges
Library policies The Library team have begun to create some important guiding policies and procedures for the library. So far we have completed the Circulation Policy and procedures. We have increased the borrowing privileges of every year level – except grade 6 and above which had unlimited borrowing privileges already. We will share these with John and see what the next steps are in communicating these with our school community. This is important work for our team and will need to continue next year.

Library quote – in honour of the Hisar library redesign…
“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a spaceship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life. [Letters of Note; Troy (MI, USA) Public Library, 1971]”
― Isaac Asimov

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