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ASD Libraries Annual Report 2016: Strategy 1

ASD Strategy One

We will challenge our students to become positive, active, global citizens who, inspired by their understanding of global issues, becomes agents of positive change to improve our world.

Used Book Sales 2016

  

 

Every year the ASD libraries host used book sales to raise money for a library in a developing country. The books come from donations and cover a wide range of genres including fantasy, science fiction, mystery and classics. For every three books donated, students or parents received a coupon for one free book from the sale. Our cleaning and security staff at ASD are also invited to take a free book. Any remaining books are donated to other schools in the area or to the NHS for their tabletop sale. This year the libraries earned over 9,000 QR on the used book sales. 

This year we are donating $1000 for books in English and Swahili to build classroom libraries at the St. Pius School in Aursha, Tanzania, a school that several ASD students visited on a service trip.

We are also awaiting word from the Learning Centre in Bandipur, Nepal. The school provides pre and after school programming for approximately 150 profoundly disadvantaged children in the town of Bandipur. The library room was destroyed by the earthquake and we'd like to direct our donation to support the building of a new library room. 

New Books in the Library Encouraging Citizienship

From the Middle School Student Survey

  • I needed help with my Noodle Tools and Ms. Elliott went step by step through the process.  As a new student, I had never used Noodle Tools and she was a huge help with getting me caught up.
  • When we look for websites to use we can find them on LibGuides.

Reducing Paper Waste

For the past several years, students were able to send their work to print to the library from anywhere within the school, and at the end of day we would have reams of uncollected copies left behind. Together with the IT department we explored different options to keep everyone more accountable for their paper use. We decided to replace the printers with copiers that required a Dragoncard or password to retrieve the copies. After the initial kinks were worked out of the system, it has become a very usable system that also resulted in significantly reduced paper usage. In the first three months alone, we had a 37% reduction in paper usage. Thanks to the IT department for helping us work out this new system.

From the 2016 Senior Exit Survey

Think about one time in your ASD career when the school library really helped you. Write about the help that you got, and what you were able to do because of it.

  • When I was introduced to Noodletools. It is so helpful!
  • I got help finding books that related to my second focus piece. I was able to get some ideas from the different books about technology and I was able to cite it in my book, which the IB wants and will give me credit for.
  • Noodletools helps . . . There are easier programs, but sometimes Noodletools is the best option.
  • I had questions about citations and reliable sources for my extended essays. The librarians helped me with citations, and the library contained very reliable books.
  • Learning about citations and annotations.
  • Having presentations about citing works. Even though I might already know how to, it's a good opportunity to refresh memory. This helped me work better in class for research.
  • The library helped me with correct note taking and citation techniques to avoid plagiarism. This was helpful as it ensured that all the work I turned in was my own, and the researching and writing stages were easier and more organized.
  • The ASD library always helps me when I have to do research. Whenever I have an essay or a presentation, I use the library's resources. Also, what the librarians taught us about citing and paraphrasing really helped me. Finally, the library is always there for me to focus and work or maybe enjoy being alone while looking at books. I am almost always in the library during my free period and it's been a great place for me.

                                          

Ethical Use of Information

Students continue to practice the ethical use of information with the help of Noodle Tools and Turn-It-In.  Noodle Tools helps students keep track of, organize, and cite their research, creating bibliographies using MLA (ASD's preferred citation style).  

Turn-It-In helps hold students accountable for their work by encouraging originality of thoughts and expression.  Assignments submitted to Turn-It-In are assessed for similarities, and teachers are able to track the ongoing progress of each student.