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Mid-Year Summative Assessment
The Spartanburg High School Library opened its doors to students and teachers on September
. We added about Iive hundred students (ninth graders) to our population served and because
oI their input (and some Iunding Irom Dr. Foster) added 253 items to our collection Ior the ninth
graders. Overall, 1,047 resources were added so Iar this year. At this time last year, we
circulated 4,820 items. Our circulation increased to 6,376 this year Ior an increase oI 30 percent.
So Iar this year, we served 143 classes and collaborated with 48 oI them (1/3
Classes - Library 143
Classes - Collaborated 48
ConIerence Room/AIter School 131
We include a walk-in category because those students choose to come to the library oI their own
volition. They are exclusive oI classroom attendance within the media center. Walk-in students
include those who visit in the morning (7:00-8:00), Irom study halls, during lunch, and aIter
school and add immeasurably to the viability oI our program.
As students came in to check out, we noticed that graphic novels, Playaways, and Iiction
checkout rose and also noticed that Freshmen were driving the increase. Because oI Iunding
Irom the ninth grade academy, we were able to purchase what the students requested. We
initially purchased Playaways with the visually impaired and special education students in mind.
This year, Playways made a huge jump (circulation wise) due to placement in the media center
(by the movies), increased awareness oI the student body, and exposure during orientation
sessions. Our Playaway circulation increased Irom 30 to 89 and graphic novels Irom 449 to
1,197. We Iind that the graphic novels appeal to all students no matter their demographics or
To keep the collection up-to-date, SHS Library needs an increased budget. Currently, we receive
(not including the special Iunding Irom ninth grade) $9.00 dollars per student. Seven years ago,
the media center received $15 per student Ior a loss oI over a third oI our budget. While we
added to the graphic novel collection in order to reach our struggling readers, we targeted our AP
students speciIically with the purchase oI JSTOR. Recommended by Susan Zurenda, JSTOR is a
database that gives access to more than a thousand academic journals and millions oI primary
documents. Because oI the level oI the articles, it targets our AP, Honors, and Odyssey students
who need a higher level oI material in order to prepare Ior college. JSTOR oIIicially became
available to students on November 1st and the students logged 339 sessions within that month
The oldest collection analysis occurred in October 2003. Since then, the average age oI items
improved Iourteen years. The chart below shows the diIIerent areas oI the collection and the
improvement in years.
000 - Generalities 6
100 Philosophy/Psychology 6
200 Religion 7
300 Social Sciences 4
400 - Language 3
500 Science/Math 5
600 Technology 4
700 The Arts 7
800 Literature/Rhetoric 29
900 Geography/History 6
Improvement occurred due largely to concerted eIIorts to weed outdated materials and replace
titles or subject areas with new items. In spite oI these eIIorts, the library currently holds 9.65
items per student, and the areas oI science, technology, and reIerence contain still contain large
numbers oI out-oI-date materials.
Both Irene and Susan visit classes to give presentations or instruction. This year, we
collaborated with 48 classes. Instruction included sessions on using the DISCUS and JSTOR
databases, presentations on challenged and banned books, orientations, and how to access
materials in the media center. Some oI the inIormation about those collaboration eIIorts is
posted in the newsletter and online at http://loquaciouslibrary.com.
This year, we are receiving many pieces Irom Mrs. Gwata, our ninth grade art teacher, to display.
Students look at the pieces and are very interested in knowing who is creating the art. Our
English and science teachers also sent work to the media center. During the year, students could
see Puritan realia, science journals, cars Irom physics, and tombstones Irom chemistry.
In transIorming the library space, we lost the ability to display (in a protected case) teacher
realia. Students loved looking at the diIIerent items and the displays gave more dimension to the
teachers. The staII is considering looking at prices Ior a display case so we can oIIer this service
It did not take long Ior us to realize that the gorgeous wood panels hanging Irom the ceiling put a
gorgeous ampliIication eIIect on voices. We worked very hard with study hall students and
during orientation to make people aware that their voices do carry. Students have been very
responsive and helpIul with this, and teachers are working well with each other. The back oI the
library contains enough seating Ior two classes, and we have served two at a time this year. In
order Ior us to continue to accommodate usage, we need to keep those areas visually and
physically separate. Currently, we use two index tables Ior separators (one has a broken leg
which we hope will be Iixed soon) and hope that everyone works with us to keep the library a
Iunctioning resource Ior teachers and classes.
The conIerence room in the media center gets used multiple times per week. Not only are local
and district level administrative meetings held there, but IEP, PAC, reading club, and other
meetings take place there. It was very useIul as a luncheon location during 7Reads at SHS. In
general, the conIerence room has generated a great deal oI interest with the teachers and staII
who have Iound ways to sign it out and use it.