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2012-13 Library Annual Report

Branksome Hall Asia

613 Gueok-ri, Daejung-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju, Korea 699-931

T 064-902-5000 F 064-902-5481

www.branksome.asia

Branksome Hall Asia

Table of Contents
Overview
Situation Overview of Services and Program Delivery Vision

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Core Services
Usage of the Library Space Estimated Weekly Facility Usage (based on number of students) Usage of Library Materials Library Materials Circulation Usage of Online Resources

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Additional Programming
Special Events Tanya Batt Visit Holly Thompson Visit Book Fair International School Librarians Meeting By the Numbers

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Conclusions
Summary of Findings SWOT Analysis The Way Ahead

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Overview
Situation
Located in the heart of the school campus, the Branksome Hall Asia Library serves as an information hub for the whole school community. Facilities include large class spaces, smaller group work rooms, independent study areas, and various office spaces. The library has a strong digital presence, with a variety of electronic resources made available through the school’s Ultranet system and in Google Drive. In-person library services are offered from 8:00am to 6:00pm each school day, and library facilities are made available after hours to residence students with the support of residence staff. Usage of the library occurs both organically and as a result of formally structured class sessions. Library staff work collaboratively with the school community in developing strong information literacy and research skills, a love of reading, and in documenting our growth as a community. The library team, consisting of three staff, also organize a variety of archival, resource management, and information systems across the whole school. Overview of Services and Program Delivery On-site in the Library Print collection of fiction and nonfiction materials Real-time help with research, information literacy, and technology inquires Independent and small and large group work spaces Formal lessons on research & inquiry skills, guided reading selections, and book talks Author visits, book fairs, and other special events Online Access to online databases & research tools Real-time help with research, information literacy, and technology inquires Support for online collaborative tools Access to digital school archives In Classrooms and Residences Access to online databases & research tools Real-time help with research, information literacy, and technology inquires Selected clustered resources tailored to units of inquiry Formal lessons on research & inquiry skills, guided reading selections, and book talks Author visits, book fairs, and other special events

Vision The library is the central hub of the school, and is a place where students, teachers, and parents can gather to read, research, collaborate, and create. As a resource centre, it supports the curriculum and fosters understanding by providing access to the best available print and electronic resources both physically and online. As a driver of information literacy, it equips students and teachers with the skills necessary to be critical inquirers and effective users and creators of information. As a literacy centre, it encourages a love of reading by linking students with a broad range of literature, authors, and storytellers that celebrate a wide spectrum of cultures and perspectives.

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Core Services
Usage of the Library Space
The majority of library use occurs in a structured fashion, that is, as a result of regularly scheduled class times. Teachers from across the school are able to schedule time for their class in the library, and those in the Junior School do so weekly. As research and inquiry demands, teachers are able to book time in the library for their classes on an organic basis. Several co-curricular groups meet regularly in various spaces within the library facility, and, by offering availability outside of formal instructional hours, the library also receives a good number of visits from students seeking a space for independent study and reading. The school counseling team has offices located within the library, and regularly make use of various work spaces for instruction and counseling. While a new space, several functional changes have already been made or are currently in planning to provide for better utility of the library facility. These include: • • • • • The relocation of larger fixed furniture items in favor of smaller, more flexible and practical furnishings Keeping the study hall area open for use outside of formal library hours to allow for independent study The acquisition of additional shelving to better differentiate sections of the print collection The creation of a pass way allowing access from the circulation desks to the main library space The acquisition of creative and comfortable fixtures to create additional reading spaces

Estimated Weekly Facility Usage (based on number of students)

Junior School Classes Independent Visits

Middle School Classes

Co-Curricular

17%

13% 55.40% 14%

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Usage of Library Materials
The library print collection is regularly accessed by patrons from across the school, and represents a breadth of information and literature. As per the library’s collection development policy; The materials acquired by the Branksome Hall Asia Library will reflect a range of current and historical perspectives

and opinions, and will support an internationally-minded and inclusive program of inquiry. Works from a variety of cultures and languages and across a range of reading abilities will support student inquiry and help foster a love of reading. All members of the school community are able to borrow items from the print collection, and our healthy usage statistics (see below) reflect the quality of this collection as it has been developed thus far.

Library Materials Circulation

By Month Total Number of Book Circulations Per Month 3000

By Day 150 Average Number of Book Circulations Per Day
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2250

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750

37.5

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December

February

April

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* Excludes June data, which is a traditionally busy borrowing period (end of school year for summer borrowing)

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Usage of Online Resources
The library offers access to a variety of online databases and other resources to help support teaching and learning across the school. These tools allow for ubiquitous access to a vast range of reliable information, and so formal instruction is delivered in the use of many of these tools throughout the year. Resources on offer include: • • • • • • • • EBSCO databases Questia database (grade ten students and faculty only) NewsBank & NewsBank Kids databases Britannica online encyclopedia BrainPOP & BrainPOP ESL Discovery Education videos EasyBib bibliography tool Turnitin.com plagiarism tool

Selected Usage Statistics

Number of Searches Performed 4000

3000

2000

3628

3237 1590 209 530
Britannica NewsBank

1000

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EBSCO

BrainPOP

Questia

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Additional Programming
Special Events
The library organizes several special events each year to complement teaching and learning occurring in the school and to help build a sense of community. In the 2012-13 school year, the library played host to two author visits, a large book fair, and a meeting of international school librarians from across Korea. As these events can be complex in nature, and often require working in partnership with other schools across Korea, planning is already well underway for the 2013-14 school year. The library intends to host additional author visits and book fairs next year, and is looking to establish a series of smaller events in partnership with various student councils.

Tanya Batt Visit A dynamic New Zealand storyteller and author, Tanya Batt spent a week working with students from across the school. 16 sessions were held in total, reaching every student in the school, and ranged from focused workshops on developing dramatic skills to large group storytelling presentations. A special evening adult storytelling event was held, helping to build community with our neighbor schools and Branksome staff. Holly Thompson Visit Long-time resident of Japan, American author Holly Thompson visited for four days, holding a series of sessions with students from across the school. These included poetry-focused workshops, sessions discussing the writing and authoring process, and sessions specific to some of Holly’s works. As her visit coincided with the launch of her latest book The Language Inside, a special book birthday celebration was held in Holly’s honor in the library. Book Fair Working in partnership with neighbor schools, the library played host to a large two-day book fair. The event was very well attended as it can be difficult to purchase English-language books in Jeju, and the event was a great opportunity for our community to gather together to share their love of reading. International School Librarians Meeting Professional learning communities are an important part of growing our library and the programs it delivers. By hosting a regular bi-annual meeting of international school librarians from across Korea, our library team was able to share best practices and work on further refining a nation-wide reading program. This meeting served to raise the profile of our school, and helped further develop linkages with peer schools across Korea.

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By the Numbers
October to May

25 Million Estimated Number of Online Resources Provided Through Database Subscriptions

117
Average Number

47
Average Number of Books Borrowed Per Student

16,528 Books Circulated

of Books Circulated Each Day

41
per Student

Number of Books in the Collection

14,467 Total Number of Library Holdings (print & ebook) 50

Number of Database Searches Per Student
Hours of Library Services Provided

3

Each Week

26

Number of Library Staff

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Conclusions
Summary of Findings
In its foundation year, the library has provided a high level of service and programming to the Branksome Hall Asia community. The print collection is strong and continues to grow, library facilities are effective and accessible, online resources are capable and continually developing, and library programming has been of direct benefit to the teaching and learning taking place in the school.

SWOT Analysis

Strengths Effective and professional staff Large and functional physical space Good selection of online and physical resources

Weaknesses Information literacy and technology skills continuum Ability to attend all curriculum planning meetings Independence in procurement

Opportunities Providing additional electronic resources Forming linkages with community organizations Use of the library space for other events

Threats Lower budgets Obsolescence of resources Increasing enrollment

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The Way Ahead
The library is well established, but should continue to grow in terms of its programming, available resources and staffing, and facilities. As the school continues to grow in enrollment, the library will need to continue to adapt to best meet the needs of all members of the community.

Near Term (1-2 Years) Continue to acquire flexible and practical furniture and shelving Begin active participation in the Morning Calm reading program Solicit further feedback from all constituents to assist in collection development Acquire additional resources that support all IB programs Add an additional qualified teacher-librarian Develop a school writing center Extend operating hours to weekends as staffing permits and demand requires Acquire additional resources that support all IB programs Further integration of information literacy and IT skills Add additional technical / para-professional staff

Long Term (5-10 Years)

Medium Term (2-5 Years)

Redevelop some facility spaces to allow for more self-contained group work areas Develop a writer in residence and/or visiting scholar program Continue to grow staffing as demand develops Further leverage technology to deliver effective digital library services Acquire additional resources that support all IB programs

Report Prepared June 17, 2013

Brian Farrell, Head Librarian

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