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McMillan Library Annual Report: 2014-2015

McMillan Annual Report authored by Kelly Arbuckle.

Collection Development

Collection development goals for the 2014/ 2015 school year include:

  • Increase the circulation of short story collections by integrating them into the regular fiction collection.
  • Update the series collection to ensure all series are complete.
  • Update sports, science, and technology nonfiction collections.
  • Add print and audio eBooks

Circulation/Fines Strategies

To increase circulation we will implement the following strategies:

  • Collaborate with staff to include library books that support their curriculum into their lessons and classrooms.
  • Continue library displays and promotions.
  • Work with reading teachers to ensure students have regular opportunities to visit the library.
  • Create an easy to access LibGuide form for students to suggest book purchases.
  • Lessons on using the card catalog and personal library account allowing students to put books on hold.

Our fine policies continue to be ones of education and guidance:

  • Students are given regular reminders to return books.
  • Students are given choices in how they will eliminate fines incurred for lost books.
  • Students are not punished for library fines the librarian will work individually to develop students skills as library patrons.

Library Goals

Library Goals for the 2014/ 2015 school year:

  • Collaborate with all curriculum departments.
  • Collaborate with staff to utilize online print resources.
  • Increase book circulation through book talks, online promotions, contests, and lessons.
  • Facilitate Maker Space library program for students to explore science, technology, and art.
  • Collaborate with teachers and students to ensure students create citations when doing research and projects.



  • Library Services staff and professors at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln will be utilized in keeping library programs current and technology utilization current. 
  • Professional journals, blogs, and online educational communities will be used to keep library policies and practices up-to-date.
  • Collaboration with district and national librarians will be continued.

Instructional Best Practices

Three areas of focus in instructional best practices for 2014/ 2015:

  • Guided Instruction: Library lessons will be taught through demonstration, think alouds, project examples, and how-to videos allowing students to gain mastery of literacy, research, and technology skills.
  • High Level Questioning: Library lessons will use high level questioning to engage students in discussion and to assess understanding.  Students will also learn to use high level questioning to assist in their research.
  • Formative Assessment: When in the library students work will be assessed using Formative Assessment strategies allowing students to learn and improve academic skills in a supportive environment.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).