Our new shelving was another opportunity to change the layout of the library to meet the emerging needs of the school community. We have incorporated study areas, a reading area and a class multipurpose area.
The feedback from staff and students has been very positive. Also positive is the increase in student browsing in the fiction area.
The Term One borrowing of fiction has increased to 1118 from only 529 last year. While we know we still have a long way to go, this is very encouraging.
What has made the difference so far? We think it has resulted from:
Consultation for the Collection Policy began in Term 2. Staff, parents and students were invited to be involved in the consultation process that continued through Terms 2 and 3. The final version has been approved. This Collection Policy establishes the principles guiding the selection, acquisition, evaluation, preservation and withdrawal of materials and communicates them to the school community.
It supports the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the collection to inform future planning and funding priorities.
It is an important step in moving the Library forward.
An offer of shelving from another school was an ideal opportunity for us to investigate the ways moving the fiction collection might increase student borrowing and change the use of the library space. A couch and chair was found unused in the school, and we were able to create a reading area.
Feedback from students was swift and very positive. Students went out of their way to speak to Library staff about their enjoyment of the new space. There has already been greater use of the magazines and fiction.
cost of staying where you are is greater than the cost of risking change