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WINDHAM HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 
ANNUAL REPORT

MISSION

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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.

PHILOSOPHY

The library is the hub of the school, where all patrons have a right to intellectual freedom: to their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas. Access to information is essential to a democratic society. The librarians at Windham High School will continuously strive to provide our patrons with a wide variety of resources and encourage collaboration and open dialogue. We will follow policies, like those found on the American Library Association (ALA) website, that protect our patrons’ privacy while allowing as much information as is legally available. We will also do our best to follow the ALA’s Code of Ethics and Library Bill of Rights but recognize that a balance will need to be found in order to realistically meet the needs of our patrons. 
Windham High School Library
406 Gray Rd, Windham, ME
www.whslibrary.org
207-892-1810 x2134
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LEADERSHIP

HOW WE LEAD STUDENTS:
  • We demonstrate how to use information wisely and safely in a variety of content areas to ensure deep understanding. 
  • We encourage students to read for enjoyment in order to foster a lifelong love of adventure, exploration, and escape through books. 
  • We inspire students to think on higher level and deconstruct information more effectively through lessons and projects.
HOW WE LEAD STAFF:
  • We regularly attend department, BAC, DLT, and other meetings in order to provide information in our various areas of expertise.
  • We provide curated resources in a variety of formats to meet the needs of all staff.
  • We collaborate with staff in order to create robust and authentic units of instruction.

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

This year we were finally able to implement the School Library Program Standards! Now instead of being evaluated on teacher standards, which are only somewhat applicable, all certified librarians are to be evaluated on librarian standards. 
NUMBER OF CLASSES RECEIVING DIRECT INSTRUCTION
SEP
25
OCT
12
NOV
7
DEC
11
JAN
10
FEB
6
MAR
27
APR
21
MAY
6
MAINE GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND THE LIBRARY 
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Click on the image to the left to explore the Class Guides we have created for students. They are web pages and websites that contain all of the resources students need to complete assignments.

CIRCULATION & COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

TOP 10 CIRCULATED TITLES
  1. The Fault in Our Stars
  2. It Ends with Us
  3. You Should See Me in a Crown
  4. Catcher in the Rye
  5. A Court of Wings and Ruin
  6. Dairy Queen
  7. Doctor Sleep
  8. It Starts with Us
  9. The Son of Neptune
  10. The 5th Wave
ITEMS CHECKED OUT

4066
ITEMS ADDED TO COLLECTION


313
INTER- LIBRARY LOAN

38
STUDENT SIGN-INS
(SINCE E-HALL
PASS WAS IMPLEMENTED)
5535
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
      LIBRARY 
            LIBRARY               LIBRARY               LIBRARY
Number of items per student                  15                        11                         13                           15
Age of fiction collection                     2006                   2004                    2007                      2009
Age of non-fiction collection            2000                   2014                    2017                      2019
Age of total collection                   2001                2002                 2005                    2007

TECHNOLOGY & ONLINE RESOURCES

DATABASE USE

STATS:

  • Classroom Video on Demand - 1,333 clicks

  • Issues & Controversies - 1,296 clicks

  • Science Online - 936 clicks

  • Today's Science - 90 clicks

  • Gale eBooks - 4226 searches

  • ABC-CLIO - 2362 searches

NEW LIBRARY INFOTECH (LIT) DEPARTMENT

Over the years, the need for a liaison between the technology department and staff has become apparent. Finding a department fit for teachers of technology-related subjects was also deemed necessary. From this, a new department was created: the Library and Information Technology Department...or LIT.  Over the course of this year, we have worked to create a line of communication between the members of the tech team and teachers and staff who feel unheard at times. See the agenda for items we discussed and problems we were able to solve.

READING & LITERACY

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & GOALS

Professional Development

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This year, the librarians:

  • Attended ACTEM Fall Conference and learned all about AI

  • Attended ACTEM's elevAItion Summit

  • Visited individual departments and provided PD on AI

  • Helped facilitate the purchase of Brisk Teaching for staff to use as an assistant in creating content, grading assignments, differentiation, and more!

Goals & Achievements

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  • Created Library and Information Technology Department

  • Continued to attend BAC meetings

  • Continued to attend DLT meetings

  • Started attending ERT meetings Promoted literacy by visiting schools in the district

  • Learned about artificial intelligence

  • Provided professional development on AI

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