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Library Report: Fall 2012

Video Editing

This student is editing a video for her America Decides class. She is using a computer that will soon have Final Cut Pro software available for this type of project. The editing software is funded through the new BVEF grant the library was awarded in November. 

Common Core & BVSW PLC's

The majority of our PLC time first semester was spent preparing and presenting to each of the PLC's at BVSW. We developed presentations and libguides for each department to support their use of complex texts. We emphasized library resources, as well as other curriculum resources available in the databases and through library services. We are very excited that every single PLC gave us the time to present, and we received very positive feedback.

To access each PLC LibGuide please click here.


BVEF Grant

The library received their second grant from the BVEF in the amount of $2,278.89! The BVEF Grant will support an ongoing effort in the BVSW Library to communicate the extensive learning occurring in the library.  The grant purchased video cameras and professional video editing software for student and staff use.  Our first project is a short film documenting student participation in the research process.  Our hope is by capturing learning in the library we will be able to share the new face of libraries with the community and demonstrate how important they are in the 21st century school experience.

Database Importance

The library collaborates with teachers on numerous types of units. Most units incorporate students using the databases for research. During the first semester we focused on increasing student awareness of the strengths of the databases and how to search them appropriately. On average, each student accessed the databases 12 times and conducted 46 searches during the first semester.

Spring Goals/Projects

  • BVEF Grant Implementation-Digital Editing Lab/Lesson Creation for Students
  • Book Marketing
  • Research Scaffold w/ELA
  • Library Breakfast Club Participation
  • Library Marketing to Incoming Freshmen & Families
  • Spring BVEF Grant Application

The Numbers

Books Checked Out: 2,650


392 Classes Taught


10,821 Students Used Library Before/During/After School


On average 132 students per day used the Library!

KASL Presentations

Ms. Hogan and Mrs. Bolton both attended and presented at the Kansas Association of School Libraries conference in Salina, KS October 18-19, 2012. Ms. Hogan presented on the Research Process at BVSW. Her presentation demonstrated techniques for incorporating digital tools into the research process. View her presentation here: KASL Presentation

Mrs. Bolton co-presented with Mrs. Davis, librarian at Blue Valley West. Their session, iPad iDeas focused on basic functions of the iPad, classroom and library apps, and Bring Your Own Device sessions conducted at BVSW by Ms. Hogan. View the presentation here: iPad iDeas

Other Professional Activities

Blue Valley Academy/Project GEAR Presentation - Ms. Hogan presented to the Academy and Project GEAR teachers on the Library Media Center resources.  View their support site here: Project GEAR and Blue Valley Academy

BVEF Committee - Mrs. Bolton continues to serve on the BVEF Committee as the BVSW Representative. She updates the staff on grant deadlines, awards, and fundraisers.

PTO Presentation - Ms. Hogan and Mrs. Bolton presented at the January PTO meeting. The presentation demonstrated how donated funds for database subscriptions are an integral part of each student's research at BVSW, and prepares them to be college-ready. View the presentation here: PTO Presentation

Social Studies Common Core Committee - Ms. Hogan served on the Social Studies Common Core committee to represent the Library Media Center.  She continues to help the social studies departments build their knowledge of library resources for implementation into the Common Core Curriculum.