WHS LIBRARY 

ANNUAL REPORT

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MISSION

The mission of the Windham High School Library is to promote literacy, learning, critical thinking, and the educated use of information and resources to all students so that they may successfully learn and compete in an information-rich world.
Windham High School Library
406 Gray Rd, Windham, ME
www.whslibrary.org
207-892-1810 x2134
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LEADERSHIP

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  • teach information literacy in different content areas
  • promote reading via Book Walks, Book Club, and BookIt! initiative
  • conference with students one-to-one to ensure deeper understanding

HOW WE HELP STUDENTS

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  • collaborate to create authentic and robust lesson plans
  • curate information and resources that are readily accessible
  • participate in department meetings to provide input and feedback as needed

HOW WE HELP TEACHERS

CIRCULATION & COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

 TOP 10 CIRCULATED TITLES 
  1. Everything, Everything
  2. The Fault in Our Stars
  3. The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
  4. Claire of the Sea Light
  5. Turtles All the Way Down
  6. Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
  7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
  8. The Impossible Knife of Memory
  9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  10. City of Bones
ITEMS CHECKED OUT
4839
INTER- LIBRARY LOAN
33
STUDENT SIGN-INS
13,655
ITEMS ADDED TO COLLECTION
552
COLLECTION ANALYSIS 
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According to standards adopted by other states, our collection is large yet old. We are continuously working to update it as resources allow.
WHS              AT RISK               BASIC             EXEMPLARY
Total # of library items                     16,633                11,550                  13,650                    15,750
Number of items per student               17.1                       11                         13                           15
Age of fiction collection                       1998                  1996                     1999                       2001
Age of non-fiction collection               1991                  2006                    2009                       2011
Age of total collection                          1995              2002               2005                 2007

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

NUMBER OF CLASSES RECEIVING DIRECT INSTRUCTION MONTHLY
 SEPT    OCT    NOV     DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR    MAY  
    31      20       4         13       10      10       22       25      26         
ONE-ON-ONE STUDENT/LIBRARIAN MEETINGS
     3       18      17          5         5         7      51        42      41
TOTAL NUMBER OF CLASSES TAUGHT IN ALL CONTENT
AREAS COMBINED
 
  FRESHMEN            624
 
  SOPHOMORES        186
 
  JUNIORS                  281 
                                               
  SENIORS                  118
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE RESEARCH LESSON 
  FRESHMEN            207                            
  SOPHOMORES        133
                               
  JUNIOR                    147                          
 
  SENIORS                   87
 
 
21ST-CENTURY SKILLS AND THE LIBRARY
 
 

Click here to see how the library can help teachers and students meet 21st-century skills!

Click on the buttons to see examples. Hover over each content area on the Class Guide page to view our webpages for various projects/lessons!

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
  CLASS GUIDES      SAMPLE CURRICULUM GUIDE      SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

TECHNOLOGY & ONLINE RESOURCES

DATABASE USE
GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY
Retrievals
5144
SCIENCE IN CONTEXT 
Retrievals
788
CLASSROOM VIDEO ON DEMAND
Retrievals
2,291
NEW DATABASES
 
 
Digital Literacy
Financial Literacy 
 
DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY
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New resources for our students
TEEN TECH WEEK! MARCH 11 - 15, 2019
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Featured a Tech Take Apart Station

Outdated or irreparable tech devices were made available for students to disassemble.

Students were encouraged to:

*See what was inside equipment we use or have used

*See the changes that have occurred over the years

*Create art with parts

*Repurpose parts

*Have fun taking things apart!

READING & LITERACY

We celebrated National Poetry Month in April. Activities included Poem in a Pocket, Blackout Poetry, and magnetic poetry. The students loved it!

Our Book It! initiative 

has been a great success thanks to many of our dedicated teachers who have found time during their busy classes to

have students read quietly.

The library hosts both a student and a staff book club. We feel it's important for kids and adults to set time aside to read.

Students have access to their summer reading assignments via the library website. They can check books out here before they leave or at the Windham Public Library over the summer. Click here to read about the importance of summer reading and combatting the summer slide. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & GOALS

Professional Development - Received

This year, the librarians attended:

  • MassCUE 2-day conference

  • MASL Fall Forum

  • MASL Spring Symposium

Professional Development - Provided

  • 4th-annual Books, Bytes, and Bagels event (Click on our poster to read about it in the Windham Eagle!)

  • 8th-grade teacher instruction - We taught information literacy skills to facilitate students' transition to high school

  • Mission Possible - We each held three sessions for teachers to learn and practice research skills and tools (click on the image to check out our resources!)

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Goals - Achieved

  • Started attending BAC Meetings 

  • Started attending Department Leader meetings

  • Started attending Health/PE weekly department meetings

  • Hosted more professional development for staff

  • Promoted literacy via our BookIt! initiative

  • Collaborated with more teachers on lessons and projects

  • Got two librarians at Windham High School!

  • Increased programming

Goals - For the Future

Next year, we hope to...

  • Get even more teacher buy-in​​

  • Reach out to reluctant readers and increase reading for pleasure

  • Create consistent information literacy assessments

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