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Check It Out: Annual Report 2017-18 Guidelines

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School librarians will not be heard until their day-to-day practice is directed toward demonstrating the real, tangible power of their contribution towards the school's learning goals." Ross Todd, 2002. School Library Journal.

Your annual report serves a variety of purposes:

  1. Lets others know what you do and why.  If you don't share the scope of your work and how it results in student outcomes, other people won't get it.   An annual report represents an effective way to share what we do.
  2. Our work doesn't matter if it doesn't impact students.  The annual report is a great way to draw a line between what happens in the library and student outcomes.  Show how you focus on measurable outcomes that make a difference in student achievement.
  3. Reflection makes us better.  Period. Think of it this way: would you rather your own child be taught by a teacher who reflects on his/her work and strives to make instruction better as a result of that reflection OR would you hope your child's teacher simply pulls out the same lessons year after year, regardless of their success?  Exactly.


Due Date: May 30 -- last teacher work day
The content for your annual report should include each of the following areas:
  1.  Empowering Learning through Leadership—the performance of the librarian and in achieving the library’s and the school's goals and objectives. You should have three library goals -- these can be the same as your school's SIP goals or your personal goals if you are in the evaluation cycle,  or they can be professional goals related to any educational endeavor -- library associations, continuing education, etc. Along with your goals, you should have a brief report on your progress in meeting them ).
  2. Teaching for Learning—the instructional role of the library program and how it contributes to student learning (Examples might include sample student work from a Big6+ inquiry lesson, ways that you used Acuity data to target your instruction, a description of a collaboration between you and a classroom instructor that was successful)
  3.  Building the Learning Environment—the library collection and access to resources (Examples include highlighting your best use of a library resource, or your reflection on a particular area of your collection and your efforts to improve this area, or a description of an author visit or other special event you hosted, or usage statistics for the school or a particular sub-population with your reflection on what the statistics indicate. Stacy can assist you in finding statistics from LS2 or databases if you need them).
See D. Kachel's article and chart (linked below) for more ideas on fulfilling the required three areas.


Determine the format that will allow you to present your conclusions/evidence most effectively to your stakeholders.

You may choose LibGuides, Powerpoint, OneNote Notebook, MS Word, an infographic or any other format(s) that you find useful in creating your report.

Your Choice

You are not required, but may choose, to add anything else to enhance your report and make it useful as an advocacy tool -- pictures, video, charts, graphs, your time on school or district committees, etc.

Let's Add it Up!

1. Due Date: May 30

2. Format: Your choice

3. Three goals + a pinch of your instructional role + a dash of your collection or resources + anything else you wish to add = Your Annual Report.


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