A survey was created to guide the development of the Library Services for 2016. Teaching staff were asked to complete the survey during a staff meeting and the collated results will be used to frame and develop services.
We have had some really positive feedback about the Library layout. A retired teacher returning to our school for TRT work commented "It looks so bright and cheery in here - really engaging".
This week have a new addition to the library, a display stand. Students designed the new layout to include this new addition to the library.
First impressions were very positive. One student this morning stopped in her tracks saying, "I love the setup. This looks amazing!"
We have recently converted our Library Management System from Amlib to Access It.
The Library staff have undertaken some training and are learning about the operation of the new program.
The new OPAC brings new possibilities for students to search for information and provide reviews of recent reads.
The entry to the library has been a turnstile (like those seen in supermarkets years ago). So for many years the traffic would bottleneck allowing only one student at a time to pass. It has now been replaced with a security gate, enabling students and staff to just walk right in enjoy the library.
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.
This blog sets out to chart the change process under way in our library. These pictures show where we are starting from. The library is a dark space where the fiction books are hiding in the back corner of the library.
cost of staying where you are is greater than the cost of risking change