Objectives and Action Plan 2009-2014



Goal 1. Encourage students to develop an appreciation for reading and lifelong learning

Objective 1. Increase circulation to reluctant male readers in the intermediate grades.
Activities: Kahla Jourdan, Sheehan School
a. Research titles that appeal to the target demographic
b. Order new titles and booktalk to the appropriate grades.
Timeline: October 2009-June 2010
2010 - 2011 update: Postponed to 2011 - 2012 as District -wide initiative.
2012-2013 Revisit after curriculum update completed

Objective 2. Provide assistance in determining the required summer reading requirements
Activities: Cathy Bolger, Thurston Middle School
a. make suggestions of age and grade appropriate literature to the Language Arts curriculum coordinator Ongoing
b. meet with individual Reading and Language Arts teachers to discuss summer reading choices Ongoing
c. continue to create the annual 100 Books to Read in middle school list 100 best books
Timeline: March, 2010
2010 - 2011 update: Work with Literacy Teacher to implement library related activities for grade 6 students.
Activities: Liz Percy, Westwood High School
a. Review 2009 summer reading program with faculty committee, September, October 2009 Completed
b. Work with faculty committee to refine program and select books for 2010 Completed
Timeline: March, 2010
2010 - 2011 update: Continue to work with Faculty Committee to revise and refine process in response to faculty and student input.
2010 - 2011 Activity: K-5 Librarians
Cooperate with Westwood Public Library Staff to suggest titles for summer reading and publicize program.
2013-14 Ongoing

Goal 2. Provide a learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration and active learning

Objective: Encourage use of the Media Center by new teachers and those teachers who traditionally do not make use of the Media Center and its resources
Activities: Cathy Bolger, Thurston Middle School
a. Attend Curriculum Coordinators meetings to become more familiar with the needs of departments and individual teachers
b. Keep teachers informed on new acquisitions and encourage their participation in the selection of new materials
Timeline: September, 2009 – June, 2010
2010 - 2011 update: Ongoing
Activities: Liz Percy, Westwood High School
a. Attend New Teacher Workshops to introduce library and services
b. Establish and maintain individual contact with new teachers to provide information about specific resources for each discipline.
Timeline: September, 2009 – June, 2010
2010 - 2011 update: Ongoing

2012-2013 activity: (all staff)

  • Continue a & b
  • Design and refine web site as required by move from First Class to Google. COMPLETED
  • Continue to add and publicize e-books in various formats  ONGOING
  • Work with at least one new department that traditionally has not used the library to supply appropriate resources and pd/lesson planning              

2010 - 2011 Activity: Library Staff
Explore capabilities of new Atriuum system and develop outreach initiatives to demonstrate ways in which the system will enhance teaching.
2011-2012 Update:  Increased use of features by staff; system upgrades provide enhanced features being integrated in a variety of ways at different levels.
2012-2013 activity: 


Goal 3. Provide equitable access to resources for a variety of learning styles

Objective 1: Purchase and install replacement for Spectrum Circ-Cat collection management system selected in June, 2009 to allow web based access from school and remotely, including direct access to eBooks and online data bases.
Activities: Library staff and volunteers
a. Inventory elementary library collections using portable inventory tool, Fall, 2009; volunteers and library staff
b. Update all electronic records; weed collections as needed, Fall, 2009, volunteers and library staff
c. Update to 14 digit bar codes Thurston Middle School, Winter/Spring 2010; Sheehan School, Fall, 2009.
d. Install new web based system; run in parallel with existing, Spring, 2010. Cut over to new system as appropriate.
2010 - 2011 update: Completed June, 2010
2010 - 2011 Activity: Library Staff
a. Introduce new OPAC (Atriuum) to faculty and students
b. Conduct formal and informal training systems in features of Atriuum that assist teachers in curriculum development and lesson planning
c. Publicize to parents and demonstrate at one PTO meeting at each school
Timeline: October 2010 - January 2011

Objective 2: Update and maintain District Libraries Web Site and individual school web sites.
Activities: Director of Libraries
a. Work with Technology Department to update and maintain District web site
b. Develop and maintain Department Wiki via school system Wikispaces account.
Wiki developed Winter, 2010. Maintenance and updating ongoing.
Activities: Librarians
a. Review existing school library web presences- Ongoing  REVISIONS MADE WITH MOVE TO GOOGLE SITES 2012-2013
b. explore Web 2.0 tools for appropriateness and feasibility - Ongoing
c. Implement changes including but not limited to: pathfinders, book marking and wikispaces - Ongoing

e. Link OPAC to web site when installed Completed
Timeline: September, 2009 – June, 2010
2010 - 2011 update: All activities in process bases on technology initiatives and capabilities.
2010 - 2011 Activities: Library Staff
a. Participate in training provided by District and Atriuum staff
b Cooperate to develop consistency in basic formats across schools
c. Maximize use of capabilities of Atriuum

Goal 4. Serve as the school information center for students and teachers

Objective 1. Collaborate with K-5 classroom teachers and specialists to build a strong professional learning community.
Activities: Mary Moody, Martha Jones School
a. Collaborate with teachers and specialists during weekly planning meetings to strengthen and extend student learning and the library program. Target two grades per year.
b. Use the results from the library survey as a means of strengthening communication between the professional, student and parent community.
Timeline: October, 2009 – June 2012
2010 - 2011 Activity: Elementary Librarians
Use to the fullest the common planning time built into the schedules by principals to allow grade level development and implementation of information literacy curriculum

Objective 2. Provide useful and up to date professional development resources and instruction to support teachers in the digital age
Activities: Liz Percy, Westwood High School
a. Participate in Power Users instructional group train the trainer seminar on web 2.0 tools and ilife applications. July, August 2009  COMPLETED
b. Instruct the faculty in integrating the tools into class preparation and student assignments ONGOING.  
Timeline: September, 2009 – June, 2010

Goal 5. Provide resources and activities that support school curriculum and represent a diverse range of experiences and perspectives

Objective 1: Elementary school librarians will incorporate texts received from the We the People Bookshelf “Picturing America” Collection in 2008 in the instructional component of their teaching.
Activities: Director of Libraries, Library Teachers
a. Librarians will collaborate with teachers to design lessons that may be referenced among schools and grades using a common text.
b. Librarians will devote two professional development sessions to common planning and review of use.
c. Schools that received “Picturing America” prints in 2007 will incorporate that collection into the lessons.
Timeline: November, 2009 – June, 2010  COMPLETED
Objective 2: Integrate information literacy skills through a diverse range of experiences to support student learning of the district curriculum.
Activities: Julie Krass, Deerfield School
a. Evaluate projects created during the TEC Teaching American History cohort to determine inclusion in library curriculum - Summer 2009
b. Consolidate resources into a user friendly format – Summer 2009/Fall 2009
c. Use primary source resources identified through the evaluation process completed during Summer 2009 with students to support learning – Spring 2009
d. Share resources and sample lessons with colleagues across the district – Spring 2009/ongoing

Goal 6. Provide a program that teaches students to use ethically and understand a variety of information, sources, technologies and formats

Objective 1. Increase collaboration with teachers while providing resources and activities that support school curriculum and represents a diverse range of experiences and perspectives.
Activities: Barbara Silverstein, Hanlon School
a. Plan and execute at least one collaborative activity with each grade level each year.
Strongly encourage teachers who have not previously collaborated to work on a project this year. I realized it's unrealistic to do one activity with each grade level each year.
b. Use Web 2.0 resources such as voicethread and online discussions boards to engage students.
Timeline: October, 2009 – October 2014


Goal 7. Assess and adjust programs to support District initiatives and best practices

Objective: Conduct the 2009-2012 K-12 Library Department curriculum and program review in confluence with Westwood Public School District Goal # 3: Engage in a cycle of review, development and implementation of curriculum changes
Activities: Library Department Members, Additional Committee Members as required
Follow Westwood Public Schools Procedures for Program Review guidelines as follows.
Timeline: September, 2009 – June, 2012
2010 - 2011 update: Review completed June, 2010. Report in process.
2010 - 2011 Activites:
Library Director - Complete Curriculum Review Report and present to the School Committee
Timeline: September - November 2010
Library Department Members, Additional Committee Members as required - Revise curriculum based on findings
Timeline: November, 2010 - June 2011  COMPLETED