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Secondary LMS PD April 2015

AGENDA                                                                                       Welcome Slide


1.  MSDE Annual Report

  • Continuing issues were revealed as your TitleWave profiles were updated:

    • Still over 3,059 video cassettes (VC) and 1293 audio cassette tapes (TP) in Destiny collections. PLEASE REMOVE.

    • 3.496 items with call number prefix MRD (a combination of computer software and audio CDs for some)

      • Aged computer software (some 20+ years old!) is no longer usable with current devices; please remove.

      • Audio CDs currently in Destiny with call number prefix MRD will be changed to prefix CD this summer. 

  • You will receive the MSDE Report with Instructions via email on April 27. Online submission deadline May 15

  • MSDE is using a new survey platform (Survey Monkey). 

    • You will NOT be able to print your completed online survey as you have done previously.

    • You MUST complete all survey items on the MSDE Report with Instructions document and email the completed MS Word doc (or a scanned copy of the completed paper Report) to our office as directed.


2.  School Library Facilities and Collections

  • The Hillcrest story:  Neglected collection; dirty books, furnishings, shelves, carpet; clutter everywhere (library/workroom).
  • Continuous WEEDING and periodic INVENTORY are essential. All school library spaces must be clean and clutter free.
  • CD2015 Book Order Audits:  Books ordered that did not meet selection criteria or review requirements; "fluff" titles that do not represent quality literature (to be ordered only in moderation); expensive print Reference titles; no/few eBooks. 

  3. LMS Evaluation & BCPS School Library Annual Report

  • New LMS Evaluation instrument (DRAFT) based on Danielson domains: 
    Domain 1: Planning & Preparation, Domain 2: The Library Environment, Domain 3: Instruction, 
    Domain 4: Professional Responsibility.
  • BCPS School Library Annual Report:  Data analysis, reflection, thoughtful self-evaluation; you will receive a Google Form via email.  Find inspiration in Library Girl's blog post - School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the Dots Between Your Library And Student Learning - where she answers the question, "Why would I want to add this to my already full end-of-year plate?"
    • You will be asked to reflect on all aspects of your library practice and program, including: instruction; circulation; collection development; the current state of your facility & goals for improving the space to create a more a learner-centered environment; and leadership.
      • In what ways are you acting as an LEADER in your school? 

      • By show of hands, who has been asked to serve as a member of your school's S.T.A.T. Teacher Leader Corps next year? 

      • Read "Librarians Lead the Way in Ed Tech" (Tech & Learning, 03/26/2015) 


4.  Professional Learning Opportunities

  • Un-Deweying the School Library workshops:  April 28 & May 6 @ Edgemere ES  

  • Common Ground 2015:  April 30 & May 1 @ O.C. Convention Ctr   *Many BCPS presentations to attend! 

  • Makerspaces in Secondary Libraries workshop:  May 19 @ Kenwood HS

  • STAT Summer Library Institute:  June 22 @ Mays Chapel ES for all ES LMS & Lighthouse Middle School LMS

    •  Congrats to our 2015-16 Lighthouse Middle Schools: Cockeysville, Dumbarton, Pikesville, Ridgely, Stemmers Run, Windsor Mill & Sparrows Point.

  • Professional Study Day for BCPS LMS:  August 19 @ Windsor Mill MS

    • Share your knowledge with colleagues! Submit a Breakout Session proposal by June 12th to Donna Gruzs.

  • Digital Learning University:  Design your own learning and earn credit! flyer


5.  Important Resource Updates 

  • ODL Resource Wiki: All LMS should be familiar with this wiki and its contents, and should actively share with teachers.
  • Digital Content Updates:
  • LibraryTrac  Subscriptions purchased for all Middle/High School Libraries for 2015-16!
    • New digital tool for scheduling classes, tracking student visits, analyzing library usage data, and more!  
    • Accounts already activated by developer Scott Allen scott.allen@librarytrac.com. Log in with the username & password sent via email. Usernames/passwords selected by us for consistency and in case of library staff changes. 


    • Overview/demo from colleagues already using LibraryTrac:  Donna Anderson (MS) & Joquetta Johnson (HS)
      • Other current LibraryTrac users to contact for help/questions:  Lisa Allen, Barb Falkinburg, Rebecca Frager, Angenine Goode 
    • Support materials: About (with video tutorials) | User Guide  *We will create a LibraryTrac support page soon.


6.  Summer Circulation & Library Hours


  • Are you opening your Library for students this summer?  If so, send Tisome Archer the following information by May 22 using email Subject line Summer Library Hours:
    • School Name, LMS name, Dates and Hours Open, Comments/Details


7. BCPL Summer Reading Club  (Welcome Elizabeth Rafferty, BCPL to MS PD Session)

  • BCPL Summer Reading page - Currently under construction
  • BCPS Summer Reading page - Linked on left sidebar of the Digital Content Portal 
  • Add links to the BCPS/BCPL Summer Reading pages (and your school's Recommended Summer Reading list) to your own School Library Website/Wiki. 
  • Use the BCPL video PSA (available soon via Safari Montage).
  • Promote participation through social media, morning announcements, flyers, etc.
  • Middle School:  BCPL Summer Reading flyers will be delivered soon. Notify front office staff to send these to you if you wish to distribute. Do your best to have students register online
  • High School students can join the BCPL Summer Reading Goodreads group and participate for prize eligibility. Links and prize info will be posted on our BCPS Summer Reading page
  • Pre-registration begins May 4.   SRC Dates are June 15 - August 10.  
  • Following your PD session:  Have your Superhero photo taken! 


8. Farewells and Door prizes