I’m very pleased to share with you all my end of year/annual report for the 2015-2016 year here at Chattahoochee High School. As many of you know, I used Picktochart for my first ever midyear report, but I decided to go with Google Presentations/Slides for this end of year document. The slideshow features instructional/programming highlights, important data points, and a glimpse of the future of our physical space (including an embedded video!) as well as the vision for our role in the Hooch Learning Community. I created all my graphics with either Canva or PowerPoint.
For the last few weeks, I have contemplated doing a midyear/end of semester report. While I have done monthly and yearly reports in the past, I have never done one at this point in the academic year. However, I thought it would be a great reflective exercise for me as a school librarian in a new school and new district as well as a great way to share what has been happening with my administrative team. My friend and former NHS colleague Jennifer Lund inspired me to use Piktochart after showing me her fabulous midyear report. Here is my own rendition, which you can view by scrolling or in presentation view by clicking on the presentation icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
I am delighted to share two recent publications I’ve co-authored that have recently hit the press this fall!
First, my Cleveland Public Library colleague Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz and I have co-written a chapter for Reimagining Reference in the 21st Century from Purdue University Press that is part of the Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences. Our chapter,
“Participatory Approaches to Building Community-Centered Libraries,” focuses on an expanded conceptualization of “reference” and how community needs and the data we can glean from our community can drive library programming, services, and instruction. A heartfelt thank you to our editors David A. Tyckoson and John G. Dove for the invitation to write and for their encouragement.
Secondly, Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan) and I have co-authored an article for the September-October 2014 issue of Knowledge Quest, the journal of the American Association of School Librarians. Our article “Undercurrents” calls into question the traditional precepts of defining school librarian success and invites our fellow librarians to be part of a larger conversation to rethink what it means to be a “good” school librarian today. A sincere thank you to guest co-editors Beth Friese and Melissa Techman for their efforts with this issue.