Staffing

Current Staff

The LRC Department is comprised of 4 staff members, the Librarian, Library
Assistant, LRC Coordinator and the newest addition, the Digital Media Artist. The Librarian and Library Assistant are responsible for Library specific jobs as well as the inventory of digital equipment. These jobs and all other LRC related jobs are managed by the Learning Resources Centre Coordinator, who also teaches KS3 ICT. The addition of the Digital Media Artist during SY10/11 has had a huge impact on teaching and learning at the LRC.
The Digital Media Artist has become a valuable member of the LRC/ICT team who students and staff seek out for advice on and help with digital media work. He has worked on the following areas during the past 7 months:
  • Creating a video library produced by and for the ABC, and steadily kept adding more content to it
  • Assisting the ICT staff and students throughout their curriculum needs
  • Assisting staff and students with their media projects' needs whether it be print design, video/audio editing and media output
  • Collaborating on and running extra-curricular activities such as the Animation Club and the Earth Day 2011 initiative
  • Had a strong impact on increasing the quality of the video and audio output of the student body
  • Assisting and co-teaching with ICT teachers during media focused lessons and leading the occasional lesson
  • Assisting with LOL setup
  • Run certain Earth Day 2011 extra-curricular activities
  • Producing DVD copies of assemblies and events for students and teachers.
  • Producing short films outside of school and for curriculum requirements for teachers (Julie Emmerson, Oscar Lima, Carlos Arriola.)
  • Co-planning and producing the 2010/11 Digital Video Oscars
  • Supporting theme week displays with flat loops
  • Supporting inset intiatives by producing relevant media, supporting media training sessions


Staffing Issues

Existing LRC collections are still not completely processed and cataloged in the new system. The Librarian and Library Assistant are responsible for cataloging all items in the LRC, however time for this job is limited due by the great many responsibilities of these staff members. A temporary or seasonal/periodical cataloger would go a long way in aiding in the completion of cataloging and book processing related jobs.

Professional Development


Pims

The LRC Coordinator's Pims for SY10/11 can be found in the LRC Action Plan SY10/11and were based around the following goals the majority of which were met in their entirety: To promote the presence of the LRC,To promote a love of Reading, To develop better research and presentation skills,To support aspects of the curriculum and the development of ICT Skills within it, working towards the ABC being a world-recognised school in the use of technology to support learning and communication, promoting the LRC within the larger community. Further details can be found in the Development Plan Report within this site.

The LRC Librarian, Library Assistant and Digital Media Artist also worked towards a series of personal improvement goals which fell within the following areas:
Support teaching and learning experiences for students through the use of ICT/Multimedia, working towards the ABC being a world-recognised school in the use of technology to support learning and communication, managing the cataloging of books and equipment, book processing and repairs, raising the profile of reading in the school, working on a series of 3 minute shorts of institutional instructional videos, promoting the LRC's relationship with Library and international Associations.

These PIMS Targets and the specific descriptions are kept in a Google Documents collection which has been shared with the Head of Secondary, the Director of Studies and the Headmaster.


Internal Professional Development


Staff and student training on the use of web 2.0 and other technologies for teaching and learning has taken place all year long, but has focused on smaller groups based on specific needs and/or requests. While much of this training has been offered in class, and departmental groupings, a great deal of time has been dedicated to individual teachers as well. We have run very few after school sessions this year. The following areas were the focus of in house training this year (separate sessions outside of ICT lessons were held for class groups on many of the following):

Individual Department Support Sessions

  • Blogs (Blogger): Creating new blogs and migrating existing blogs
  • Kerpoff : 5th/6th Spanish Liaison-Comic book creations
  • Google Sites: Spanish, Economics, Science, French and Art (Director of Studies and LRC Coordinator

ICT Saturday

  • Digital storytelling web applications
  • Stop motion Animation
Links to the sessions can be found here.


Professional Development Through Associations and Workshops


ABES

  • During the week of May 23rd, the LRC celebrated Salvadoran Librarian's Week. The Librarian, who is also the president of ABES was heavily involved in the official proceedings as was the Library assistant, who attended several workshops during the week.
  • On Saturday 21st, the LRC hosted a workshop for members of the Library Association of El Salvador on social networks for libraries and librarians.The session was run by the LRC Coordinator in conjunction with the LRC Library Assistant. An additional session was run by the Digital Media Aritist and Librarian on Mulitmedia applications for librarians. Attendance was good as was feedback during the sessions.

ISTE

  • The LRC Coordinator submitted a digital learning project to ISTE as part of a competition for online learning. This online learning project was developed at the ABC and involved two other schools in the USA collaborating with the 6th grade students. The project did not place in the top three, but was highly commended and will be presented as part of a poster session during the conference.
  • The LRC Coordinator also submitted 3 proposals for various projects, one of which was accepted. The UN Millennium Goal Scratch Projects will be presented at ISTE as a poster session during the conference.
  • The LRC Coordinator has also volunteered to run small poster session in the digital playground. Details are pending.
  • The LRC Coordinator presented the Research with Social Networks Project (ISTE'S SigOL 2nd place winner) at the CRSTE Conference after being invited by the organiser.

IFLA

  • The Librarian applied for a scholarship to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico (13-18 August 2011) in Puerto Rico and has been awarded a a scholarship.

Professional Affiliations

  • Both the Librarian and the Library assistant hold active memberships with ABES.
  • The Librarian holds an active membership with the ALA.
  • The LRC Coordinator holds an active membership with ISTE.

Resources


Books

Orders

  • One Spanish Fiction book order (for $3575.54 from operating) took place this year. The order for sy2011/12 focuses on Spanish fictional texts as well as audio books. Consideration should be given to future investments regarding e-books for Kindles and/or iPads.
  • The LRC ran the Scholastic Book Club for yet another year and 2 orders were placed as well as a Scholastic Book Fair purchase for Book Week. A third order was planned but not followed through on due to issues that ended up in a delay of several months for the 2nd order to arrive. Through this program, the LRC has been able to build up its collection, by way of a point and coupon system.
  • During sy2010/11 the LRC did not institute a Birthday Book Badge system. This program, which has been sitting on the back burner for 2 years would offer families the option to purchase a book for the LRC. A card (birthday badge) would be adhered the inside cover in commemoration of the birthday donation. The LRC Coordinator must consider ways to promote this in the upcoming school year.

Book Weeding

  • A number of books were weeded prior to December 2010. Books deemed inappropriate or past their prime were removed from the shelves and donated to local institutions.

Charity

  • The LRC donated a small collection of new and used Spanish books to a school in San Juan Opico. Money for the project was raised through the English Department read-a-thon, during book week. The used books were collected during Book Week in both Primary and Secondary sections.

Audio Books

  • Audio books, in Playaway format, are now cataloged and more are destined for the SY11/12 order as they have proven very popular with students.

Magazines and Journals

  • Many subscriptions were not renewed earlier in the school year, due to a misunderstanding. A review has taken place and the majority of magazines will be resubscribed to anew in the upcoming school year.

Audio Visual

DVD's

  • DVD's are not yet completely cataloged nor are all of them on the mulitmedia system. During SY11/12 This should be completed and copies for lending readily available.

VHS

  • These have been weeded substantially and relevant copies taken away by different departments and sections of the school. There are a great many remaining, many of which are not yet on the system and worth placing there. This task will be focused on during SY11/12. Unfortunately the the machine used to place the copies on the server is broken.

Equipment

  • A complete inventory of audio visual equipment within the LRC and departments was completed during the first half of the school year. The details of staff members who have borrowed departmental equipment have been recorded and all equipment is to be returned to the LRC for safe storage during the summer holidays.
  • LRC specific equipment is stored in a central locker within the building and booked out to staff and students through the booking system. This equipment is properly cataloged in the Glyfos system and items continue to be checked out using ID bar codes.
  • Several new items have been added to the LRC digital equipment collection and have been heavily booked during the course of the year:
    • digital cameras, tripods, camcorders, lighting, a green screen, 3 microphones, a mixer, 3 mic booms, 1 boom stand



Communications

  • The LRC Website created and administrated by the Director of Studies and the LRC Coordinator, has grown further since the beginning of the school year, housing an enormous amount of information and resources for teachers and students. The Website is used a great deal for ICT based projects, and would appear to be viewed/used world wide. The general structure of the website is long overdue for revamping. This should be completed by August 2011.
  • The ABCICT Wiki was created to house examples of student produced digital projects, online lessons and tutorials as well as links for lessons. It is the the main teaching resource for KS3 ICT. This growing collection of student work and teaching resources have been added during SY11/12.
  • ABCICTVertical houses all KS3 curriculum plans with whole school plans in the process of being added.
  • The LRC Site is used to record staff meetings and LRC Committee meetings as well as links to reports and event planning meetings. This site houses the action plans for each year as well. Action Plan SY11/12 will be added in August 2011 .
  • A monthly newslettercontinues to be written by the LRC Coordinator as a means of communicating with the larger community. This newsletter is sent out to Secondary School parents at the end of each month and posted on the LRC Website. This may move towards a site or blog format in future as opposed to the current pdf format.
  • The LRC has a large Youtube presence. It is used primarily to house student work and tutorials as well as video of special events. These videos are frequently viewed, some more than others and feedback from the YouTube community has been positive.
  • The LRC has a new Facebook presence which is used to promote activities and events share information with the community.
  • The LRC uses a Twitter stream to communicate with the community on the LRC home page.
  • The LRC photo albums are housed online at Flickr as well as the LRCABC Picasa account. The LRC Picasa account will no longer be used to house these albums, instead they will be uploaded to the ABC School Albums account.



Events

  • Theatre, Book and Poetry Weeks, Internet Safety Week, Brain Week, Independence Week and Earth Week were very successful major events, boasting interactive displays, tours and special activities and will continue to take place in sy2011/12 but as separate Secondary School events. Book, Poetry and Theatre weeks are run by a committee of interested teachers and librarians and the LRC Coordinator. Reviews of these events can be found on the ABC Themes Site. Dates for these events for SY11/12 will be placed on the LRC calendar.
  • Photo Albums of LRC Events and related displays continue to be updated regularly and pin boards have been placed in key locations around the LRC. As of March 2010 photographs of LRC Displays are being uploaded to the LRC Flickr Stream. The LRCABC Picador account will cease to function for SY11/12, instead all photo albums will be uploaded to the ABC School Albums Account.
  • The LRC hosted the first ever ABC Digital Oscars Awards ceremony on May 25th 2011. This was a huge event, which recognised the creative efforts of ABC students through their work with Digital Video. Video for and from the Awards can be found on the LRCABC YouTube Account. A review has taken place of the event and suggestions for improvement will be implemented when planning the SY11/12 Awards. One fundamental change will be the creation of small teams to lead the various planning actions.
  • LOL continued during SY10/11 as a successful if somewhat less frequent project run by the LRC and Music departments. Recordings are still uploaded to the LRC YouTube channel and embedded in the LRC Website.


Reading

  • The profile of reading in the Secondary school has continued to rise during the current school year. In great part this can be attributed to the promotion of reading by departments as well as the various book/reading related events that have taken place during the school year.
  • Regular displays by the librarian and assistant help to promote reading in general, as well as certain collections of books.
  • Further motivation to read is provided by the thematic book marks which the LRC produces on a monthly (occasionally weekly) basis. These popular bookmarks are provided free of charge to staff and students in the Secondary school and are on display at the circulation desk.
  • The Reading club has furthered the promotion of reading within the school.
  • The LRC implemented a new LRC Super Readers program through which 5th grade students who are avid readers are elected by their teachers on a rotational basis to check out one book at a time from the LRC.The program started late in the school year, but will be reviewed and continued with for SY11/12.
  • There is a great need to continue the focus on Spanish fiction and promoting the joy of reading in Spanish.
  • The LRC Order for sy11/12 is now complete, the focus of which are Spanish and English fiction and playaways/audio books as well as French fiction and English non-fiction to a smaller degree.


Development plans

Report on SY10/11

  • The ICT/LRC office/work area furnishings are almost complete. This has provided space for a shared office area and a great deal of storage.
  • The majority of objectives on the LRC Action plan for SY10/11 have been completed. Those initiatives that were not initiated have been reviewed by the LRC Coordinator and will, if deemed appropriate, be incorporated into the action plan for sy2011/12. Initiatives for continued focus SY11/12:
    • incorporation of student reviews through the Book Blurbs initiative at the languages levels
    • a continuing push on digital book reviews(begun this year with video book trailers)
    • support of the book club
    • possible promotion of a birthday book badge system
    • the continued development of a research skills program in conjunction with the Director of Studies and Humanities
    • The further development of fiction resources in Spanish, English and French
    • Finalisation of cataloging backlog
    • Reinitialization of the Scholastic Book Club***(pending approval)
    • Focused staff development and support (departmental and individual)
    • Collaborative initiatives within and without of the ABC Community
    • Equipment and Book Orders that meet the changing needs of the ABC community of learners.
    • LRC projects promoted widely through collaborative work, conference presentations and the various communication venues employed.
  • New initiatives will be recorded and monitored in the LRC Action Plan for SY11/12.

Curriculum Development

Vertical Curriculum

  • The vertical curriculum was revamped for and again during SY10/11 to accommodate new initiatives including cross curricular and collaborative work. It includes 3 strands ICT Lessons which often contain cross curricular links, a dedicated cross curricular strand and a web fluency strand. Cross Curricular Links and Life Skills(web fluency) have been driving forces in the ICT curriculum and will continue to play a large part. Further initiatives for KS3 ICT and other departments are planned for sy2010/11.
    The vertical curriculum will undergo further changes in preparation for SY11/12.
  • The KS3 ICT Curriculum which is delivered in the LRC, was revamped for SY10/11 to fit with the changes in the vertical curriculum. It will be altered again to accommodate new initiatives for SY11/12 as well as the new creative carousel.
  • A vertical curriculum review meeting was held in early June 2011, between Primary and Secondary. Some ICT topics and skills that were part of the Secondary Curriculum will now take place in grades 4 and 5, thereby giving the students the basic skills in these area, which will allow them to be put to good use in Secondary, and built upon.

Digital Projects Across the Curriculum

  • Project work involving audio, digital photos and video projects has increased within the LRC this school year. now that students and teachers are more comfortable with working with multimedia, many of these projects have been taken on by subjects independently,as well as in conjunction with the LRC an ICT. Staff and student support outside of ICT and cross curricular lesson has been less demanding this year, as students and teachers are very familiar with the digital tools they are using. Some of the applications used : iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes, iPhoto and Photobooth as well as audacity , Toki Line test, Handbrake, > , Kerpoof, Toondoo
  • Google Maps and Google Earth have played a large part in Humanities and French in working with digital field trips.
  • The recording rooms and audiovisual equipment were very heavily used by students and teachers working on digital projects inside and outside of class time.
  • The annual replacement of key pieces of equipment must be considered as heavy use leads to broken and worn out equipment.

Web 2.0

  • A variety of Web 2.0 applications have been used this year in conjunction with KS3 ICT lessons and cross curricular activities, these are: Google Sites and Wikis as digital portfolios, Diigo, Groups for social bookmarking and collaborative research, Google Docs for collaborative writing, planning and presenting, including international collaborative projects. Gmail, Whyville for 6th grade virtual worlds and netiquette, Toondoo, , Kerpoof, Voki for digital storytelling, Wikispaces and Google Sites digital portfolios, Twiiter, for collaborative research, Youtube. , Prezi. Reaction Grid for 7th grade virtual worlds, Scratch for 7th and 8th grade programming, SketchUp for 8th grade English/ICT design, Google Earth and Google Maps for 6th grade virtual field trips in French and Geography, Voicethread for ICT Current events-The Egyptian Crisis and iGoogle for personal home pages and EasyBib for bibliography generation. Through the use of these applications, students have published their creative, informative and reflective content to the web and participated in the creation of important learning networks.

Web Safety and Fluency

  • Web Safety Week was again punctuated by a series of web based mini-lessons and assemblies which were taken on in tutor time from 6th to 10th grade. The resources for this work are published on the LRC PageFlakes Site, to provide easy access for teachers and students. The lessons have also been linked from the Online Lessons page of the ABCICT wiki and media used in the lessons was downloaded to the school sever for ease of access.
  • Students have also worked a great deal with web fluency and web ethics including search skills, cyber safety and social networking in both ICT and Life Skills lessons. The ABC Web Fluency scheme is up to date and used for the teaching of these skills. It can be accessed directly from the ABC Web Fluency Wiki.

Research

  • Research skills were taught in ICT lessons in 6th through 8th to varying degrees from basic boolean searching to collaborative note taking and annotating.
  • Web evaluation will be formally taught to grades 6-8 towards the beginning of SY11/12 as a continuation of previous work.

  • 9th Grade Research Project
The 9th grade research program of study which was a created during SY09/10 was run successfully during SY10/11 with a much greater level of Humanities staff member participation and leadership. focus this school year. This project was a joint endeavor between the Humanities department, the Director of Studies and the LRC Coordinator.

The focus of the project was to teach citation skills within a relevant context. The Humanities dept provided topics and guiding questions, as well as some relevant resources. The remaining resources were compiled by the Director of Studies and LRC Coordinator. Guidelines and exercises for the creation of in text citations and bibliographies were added to the resource collections and the entire project was put on line on the ABC Research Guidelines Google Site by the Director of Studies. Delivery of the sessions was taken on by the Humanities teachers, the Life Skills teachers and the Director of Studies.

Presentations

  • Presentation reform was reinforced again thisschool year with 6th to 8th grades, who were taught how to create and and present effectively. Students are aware of the guidelines as are teachers however they are not always reinforced when assignments are given. Staff members need to ensure they both understand the guidelines and reinforce their importance when assigning work- ABC Presentation Guidelines .
  • Prezi was introduced again to students in the 8th grade as an alternative to PowerPoint type presentations. Students using Prezi are less prone to add too much text and read through a presentation which makes for more dynamic presentations and aids them in adhering to our Presentation Guidelines.
  • Google Presentations were used 6th and 7th grade for collaborative work within and without of the school.

Digital Portfolios

  • KS3 students continued to use wikis as digital portfolios during SY10/11 whilst 5th grade students created their own Google Sites during induction day 2011. Students will use their digital portfolios to compile and reflect on collections of their best work periodically. During SY11/12 time will be allotted for work on digital portfolios in Life Skills as well as in ICT.

Virtual Trips

Online Subscriptions

  • The subscription for Noodlebib was discontinued and the free version of EasyBib adopted.
  • Questia was renewed for another year after soliciting a great deal of feedback from students and teachers on it.

Global Connections

  • Skype was used successfully on several occasions to link up 7th and 8th grade for web conferences with the Manitou Springs Middle School in Colorado. In both instances the students in both schools prepared their questions and comments and recorded them in a Google Form. Students were chosen to speak from those who volunteered to do so in the Google Form. The students learned a great deal about each other's culture, school and community. In the case of 7th grade this was the culminating activity to a collaborative project called A Day in the Life in which ABC students collaborated with MSMS students on a Google Presentation designed to share aspects of a typical day in their lives.
  • The ABC Project, A Better World was joined by both Manitou Springs and Berkshire Country Day schools in the USA. During the project, students researched a global issue, wrote collaborative rap songs in Google Docs, mixed and recorded them in GarageBand, and created a splice and dub video using iMovie and Blabberize.

Usage


ICT in the LRC

  • All KS3 ICT lessons are being held in the LRC. iMacs and Large Seminar B are booked for each one.
  • The LRC remains heavily booked as a class teaching venue. Many of these lessons use the various digital resources and equipment available and the iMacs, Vios and Laptops are in frequent use.
  • Students often book space in the LRC to work independently and in groups on digital projects.
  • English and Spanish teachers frequently use the LRC for independent reading lessons.

Meetings, Gatherings and Expositions

  • Students, teachers and parents often book areas of the LRC for meetings.
  • TOK used the LRC once again for an exposition earlier in the school year.
  • The Pompeii/Joyas project will culminate in the LRC with student displays and presentations as well as lunch.
  • Throughout the year there are regular displays reflecting secondary school and whole school themes. The Librarian and Library Assistant are in charge of creating these displays. Most themes are displayed in the large seating area at the back of the LRC, others are posted on smaller boards or on tables in different areas. The library staff has tried to make displays interactive whenever possible and vary the presentation style of each. Student tours from different sections of the school are encouraged for larger displays. Examples of these displays can be found within the LRC Picasa and Flickr accounts. Descriptions of themed expositions

Library Visits

  • The LRC had received 2367 visits from students signed into the LRC during sy10/11 using Library Pass system or signing in outside of regular lessons. This does not include class group visits.
  • LRC Visit Report

Games

  • Gaming in the LRC is less of an issue this year. The LRC monitors gaming and posts LRC approved games for students.Two large posters remain on the columns to aid students in understanding which games are and are not acceptable for play in the LRC. Students are encouraged to show members of staff games they would like to play in order to establish whether or not they require a acceptable level of strategic thinking. The names of these games are then posted on a column in the LRC for students to see.The LRC Card system when combined with a greater level of supervision at breaks and lunches as well as monitoring using screen sharing, has greatly reduced the playing of arcade games in the LRC.

Additional Supervision

  • Prefects as well as one member of the duty team, have been assigned to aid in supervising during breaks and lunches. Student commitment has improved from last year. A register is kept of those prefects who do cover this duty. The LRC has supplied prefects with guidelines for the job.

Other Reports


Circulation Reports for the Year
  • Playaways have been cataloged and are currently available for checking out.
  • There are plans to process all existing DVD's and CDs, copy each one and make them available for students to check out, during SY11/12.


Cataloging Report



Facilities

  • The LRC Office furniture and shelving will be completed by June 17th.
  • One of the DVD shelves has been modified to house audio books. It now has a lockable glass cover and has been moved from the office to the main LRC area.
  • All summer maintenance is being recorded in this Google Document.

Systems


Glifos

  • All new equipment, books, magazines and multimedia* are cataloged and checked out using the Glifos system.
  • Glifos support has created a new grade level reporting system to enable us to better able to monitor the books being taken out.
  • Glifos is supposed to move to a wiki system during the year enabling it to be accessible by OS other than Windows.
  • IT support will be updating the user database over the summer.

Printers

  • The Laser jet 3600 colour printer in the LRC has malfunctioned a great deal during the school year, leading to an over dependence on the larger laser printer. A new colour printer has been ordered for SY11/12. The black and white printer continues to function.
  • Printing of colour documents continues to be restricted to the circulation desk. Paper for printing is paid for in advance. This has helped to cut down on the number of wasted or unpaid for copies. A record of all printing is kept by LRC staff members.


Areas of Concern


Cataloguing

Cataloging of books in the Glyfos system is incomplete. Whilst all new books have been cataloged there is still a backlog of texts original to the library that must be added to the system. The Library Assistant will again make this her first priority over the summer holidays. It is doubtful that the job will be completed until the end of sy11/12. All magazines and periodicals in print are being cataloged. We do need additional administrative help in this area.

Internet

Internet signals continue to fluctuate at times during the earlier part of SY10/11. This has improved greatly with the new internet plan. Wireless however, continues to be an issue in the LRC,

Student ID Cards

Student ID cards are still an issue as students as they are easily lost and damaged. We need to ensure that students do arrange for new ID cards to replace those lost and stress the importance of having their cards with them at all times. This could be a focus at the beginning of each school year.

Unsupervised Students

11th and 12th grades had the option of using the LRC during lesson time when working independently. Most of the time this has worked well. Students are asked to sign in on arrival and behavioral concerns are dealt with as they occur.

Printing and photocopying

Printing paper and toner are purchased with the funds collected for student printing. This requires collection of money by LRC Staff members, account records, and a float of change not to mention up to several hours of printing related work each day. This is very time consuming for staff members and takes away from other duties. It might be worth considering a different system and venue for student and staff printing.


Personal Reflection of HoD/Coordinator


SY10/11 has been one of great success and forward momentum for the LRC and as a result, the ABC.

School year 10/11 was the first in which the LRC was able to link up teaching and learning on a larger scale with teachers and students in other schools and move forward with some exciting collaborative digital projects. There are plans for this to continue as well as to broaden the scope during the upcoming school year.

It was a year of consolidation in many ways. Students and some staff members who for several years had been working towards a comfort level with certain digital tools attained their goals this past year and are ready for next steps, building upon these skills and making further connections. It is safe to say that most students in KS3 are very comfortable with the great array of digital learning tools that they have been taught with or taught to use over the last 3 years. The current 6th grade after just one year in Secondary, is about to move up to 7th grade with the strongest of foundations of any year group, with a comfort level superior to even that of some 8th grade students, in web fluency and the use of digital media tools.

Staff members also demonstrated a greater willingness and confidence in seeking out and taking on digital projects as well as using the tools themselves. As a result there have been less requests for support than in prior years. Projects which were new to departments in the last two years have become an expected component of the curriculum and are now planned for on a yearly basis. Students and staff are also more comfortable with the ways of working in the LRC. Teachers regularly bringing classes down to read as well as work on various projects and students frequently book the resources at breaks and after school for their school work.

The ABC is now very much on the world map of forward thinking schools working with digital media. Not only are our student projects promoted through the various web presences that are managed by the LRC, in some cases they are the result of work with teachers and students in other countries. Some of the most successful work has been and will continue to be shared with educators from around the world through the various communication tools as well as through conference presentations. This too can be said of the Library specific work at the LRC and the promotion of special events, which are carefully documented and shared with the world through the same channels as well as local and international Library conferences, the blogs and other social networks of the LRC Staff members.

Cross curricular work in the LRC with departments (which is is outlined on the Vertical Schemes Site)has been further consolidated and enhanced
this year through the fine tuning of existing projects and the addition of new ones. These projects not only support and extend teaching and learning in other subjects and teach students new digital skills, but also serve to strengthen the relevance of these experiences and new skills building on those already acquired, which can be applied across a range of learning situations.

The LRC strives to enrich student life in many ways. This year it has played an even greater role in events and theme weeks, offering additional tours, interactive displays and workshops. Teachers and students from both Secondary and Primary made good use of these displays and workshops. LRC staff members also worked in unison with the Music department in organising and running Lunch on the Lawn.

The addition of the Digital Media Artist this school year proved to be very successful. Students and staff alike have gained so much from the support, new ideas and training they have received. The digital media resources and equipment collection has grown substantially this year and been well used throughout the school year. Perhaps one of the most exciting additions to the collection is the new green screen, which has been used by many students across the school to create interesting digital video projects. It is vital that the school continue to support learning by providing innovative experiences and support as well as appropriate and cutting edge equipment and resources.

The LRC book and magazine collection is well used by students and staff for reading both in and out of lessons. This past school year, more teachers have begun bringing their classes down for independent reading activities. One priority this school year was to build up the collection of Spanish language fiction books while at the same time updating English language fiction. This was possible in part due to the Scholastic book fair and book orders, as well as a substantial Spanish fiction book order. Spanish remains the focus for next year along with French and the addition of the newest titles in print and audio for the English fiction collection.

In summation, the year has been one of consolidation in some respects but also one of expansion in project work, themes, digital skills and resources. For the reasons mentioned in this report it has been the most successful year so far, not one immune to issues and obstacles, but one in which it was possible to further learning and move forward. None of this would have been possible without the constant support of school leaders, the enthusiasm of its students and teachers and the dedication, creativity and purpose of the LRC members of staff.