#Books Checked out: 109
Manga and Fiction are the most popular categories. #Books Overdue: 305 Lost Books/Current Fines (ongoing): #Books Lost: 269
Unpaid Fines: $ 5,033.66
Library Usage Statistics
#Classes visited the library: 61 #Students with a pass: 11 Computer usage (outside of class visit): 308 #Visitors to MACHS website: 2,681
Ms. Lu and I collaborated on a lesson to help students get familiar with the online catalog, LAUSD's Digital Library, and APA citation. The assigmnet was delivered through Google Classroom. Students had to log into their LAUSD email accounts, join the Google Classroom class, locate three articles from three reference databases, synthesize the information, and cite the sources using APA. Because this was a low-stakes assignment, students were able to focus on the process of research. The skills they learned will transfer to research in other classes and subjects.
Ms. Powell's 9th graders come to the library every other week to read about Math. Students are developing important skills such as sustained reading, summarizing, and synthesizing material. When they first started, students were having difficulty writing a paragraph. Now, they are writing two-page summaries for self-selected reading material! This is the proof that students can do the work if they are held accountable.
Ms. Wiley and Ms. Vandermeer brought students for lessons in how to use LAUSD's Digital Library. Working with the teachers, I was able to select databases tailored to each of their needs. Students learned about searching within a database (how to limit results; how to organize results; more/general, fewer/specific results), saving found sources with the Email/Share feature, and use the Citation feature. Some of these students had already learned about the Digital Library, and it was rewarding to see them using previous knowledge to do their research AND be an "expert" when helping other students.
Google Classroom is an amazing tool that is available to all LAUSD teachers and students. Classroom allows students to have access to content 24/7. It allows teachers to add assignments and grade them online. The platform is easy to use, and it allows for the use of different forms of media to deliver content. This is yet another tool from Google Drive to increase collaboration. The lesson created with Ms.Lu can be found here.
Teaching students how to use academic databases is an essential skill for success in college life. Once in college, most students rely on subscription databases to access current, subject-specific content. If we start to prepare students now, by the time they get to college, they will be experts in database research, and their chances to succeed academically will be much higher.
Community Outreach, Public Relations, and Displays:
From April 9 through 16, MACHS hosted its Spring BOGO Book Fair. Students had an opportunity to enjoy buy-one-get-one deals. A big thank you to all the teachers who brought their classes and work diligently to support literacy among our students.
The Big Read culminated with a field trip to City Hall, an official proclamation in front of the City Council, and lunch provided by Pink's Hot Dogs. After lunch, students from Ms. Burton's period 6 and Ms. Martinez's period 4 headed to the City Hall Observation Deck and enjoyed beautiful views of the whole city. We already have plans to continue the partnership between MACHS Library and the Big Read program for 2018-2019.
MACHS students at City Hall to celebrate Big Read.
Library Practice Students are still working on the Reference Collection. They have finished a complex assignment that required them to use their recently acquired knowledge of reference materials to complete a treasure hunt. They had to answer questions without using the same source twice. Not an easy task, but they did it!
We are still collecting book suggestions for our next order. Please let the library know if there is a title you would like to see in our collection.
ILTSS held its last PD of the year, and as always, it saved the best for last. LAUSD TLs met with LAPL YA librarians at Central Library. I had a chance to spend time with Chandra Jackson, YA librarian at the LAPL Junipero Serra branch, and we discussed ways to increase collaboration between MACHs and LAPL. We were surprised with an authors panel about diversity in YA literature. Brandy Colbert, Aaron Hartlzer, and Jen Wang took part in a talk about what it means to a superhero to teens who feel they not belong. Then, TLs had time to connect with each other and discuss best practices.
After PD, TLs explored the many resources at Central Library, including the exhibition Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA and Teen'Scape, a section of Central Library dedicated to teens.
Authors Panel at Central Library, TL PD
Teen'Scape at Central Library
Teen Court (April 11)
Principals Meeting (April 16)
SQ AP Pre-Registration (April 27)
Maintenance: 2017-2018 inventory will start in May.
Ongoing Projects: • 100% of students with active and accessible email accounts
• Yallwest Author Visit (May 4)