LRC Report st November 30th, 2009

Events and Activities Update

Lunch on the Lawn
LOL continues to be a successful project run by the LRC and Music departments. The show is live streamed over the LRC channel at ustream. Each week a recording of the show is made and uploaded to the LRC website. Future plans involve students from other areas of the arts as well as a continued focus on music.

El Salvador Month and United Nations Week
These two events were marked in part by a large display at the back of the LRC, as well as by special bookmark collections. In addition, the Librarian and Assistant ran tours for interested groups across the school which carefully explained each area of the display.

Banned Books Week
The Librarian and Assistant did a great job of putting together a thought provoking banned books display, highlighting books that have been banned in the past. This display really got students thinking and talking about the banning of books world wide and through history.

Whole School Book/Theatre Week
This year both Book and Theatre Weeks were combined into one. The activities that took place can be viewed in the Book Week Activities shared doc.

The week was very successful once again. That said there were several issues to keep in mind when planning the week next year.
  • The committee is too large, unable to meet on the same days and this causes problems with organisation.
    • The committee will be reduced in size for sy10/11 and leading members will each liaise with their own section of the school independently.
  • The timing of Book Week is still an issue in terms of academic requirements.
    • The Secondary School will propose holding Book Week sy10/11 separately from Primary school as it is very difficult to bring the two schools together for an event and still avoid CAL deadlines and related issues. Primary may propose to hold Book Week in the last few weeks of the school year, whereas Secondary will proceed with a date 1-2 weeks after CAL 1 grades are in. In this way we will ensure the presence of 10th and 12th grades for the event, and avoid CAL related conflicts.
  • Books for Sale are still pricey and the variety is limited.
    • This year invitations were made in person to the major book vendors, La Casita and La Ceiba. Both said they would attend but never officially confirmed.
    • In Secondary a Scholastic Book Fair will take place during Book Week 2010, in addition to the regular vendors . In this way the LRC will be able to choose the books that go on sale, pre-pay them, sell them to students for moderate prices and retain any unsold items for the LRC collection.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair order arrived the week after Book Week. These books have been priced and will be sold at the Christmas Fair on December 16th. Any unsold books will be added to the LRC collection.

Book Week Financial Report (50%LRC/50% JubLIb)

American Library Association
During the Book Week, the LRC hosted Workshop #2 for members of the Salvadoran Librarians Association on how to use Wikis for Library Website construction. This session was run by the LRC Coordinator with the support of the LRC Librarian. During this same event Hilda Gomez gave an informative session on information literacy and libraries as a followup to the Guatemala City Conference she attended. Hilda Gomez's session used an Elluminate V-room to take the talk to two other libraries in the Americas.


Accounts and Orders

Book Sales
Total Income from used book sales: $7.00

LRC Account #68.1
Total Income from printing and photocopies and and destined towards toner:$756.93

LRC Account #68
Total income from book fines: $272.50

Professional Development The LRC hosts a weekly, sign up training session for teachers interested in learning and incorporating new technologies into their professional lives. These sessions have been attended well. The dates and descriptions for each session can be found on the LRC Calendar.


  • iMovie: Spanish Cross Curricular
  • Garageband: Spanish Cross Curricular
  • Jing Screencasting: KS2 ICT Student Tutorials
  • Scratch: 7th and 8th Grade ICT
  • NeoOffice Text: 6th Grade ICT
  • NeoOffice Calc: 6th Grade ICT and Geography Cross Curricular
  • Presentation Reform and NeoOffice Impress: Spanish Cross Curricular
  • Movie Maker: Spanish Cross Curricular

Web 2.0:
  • ToonDoo: Spanish Cross Curricular
  • Pixton: Spanish Cross Curricular
  • Diigo: 8th Grade ICT and 10th Grade Life Skills
  • Twitter: 8th Grade ICT
  • Pageflakes: 6-8th Grade ICT
  • Noodlebib: 8th Grade ICT
  • Prezi: 8th Grade ICT
  • Google Maps: 6th Grade ICT
  • Google Earth: 6th Grade ICT
  • Google Chat: 7th Grade ICT
  • Gmail/GDocs/ABC-Net: 6-8th Grade ICT


ICT Lessons in the LRC
All KS3 ICT lessons continue to be held in the LRC. iMacs and Large Seminar B are booked for each one.

Other Lessons
  • The LRC remains heavily booked as a class teaching venue by staff members across departments.
  • Between August 21st 2009 and November 30th 2009, a total of 864 students signed in to use the LRC during regular lessons, using the Library pass system,
  • Both recording rooms have been heavily used since the addition of the new iMac in recording room A .
    • Students book the rooms regularly out of subject lessons for work involving digital audio and video.
    • Teachers frequently book the rooms for digital audio and video work within their subjects, as well as for work on oral exams.


  • Book Order(s) have been made utilising a part of the original order for this year. The focus for this order is predominantly fiction, with some purchases reflecting requests by departments and/or replacements for non-fiction items. The LRC has also ordered several Playaway audio books.
  • The Scholastic book order has taken place once during sy09/10 and will become a quarterly event for sy09/10(including the Scholastic Book Fair*). These book orders have been taken on with enthusiasm by staff and students. Not only do they provide for student owned books, but they also contribute to the LRC collection through the coupon and point system. Unfortunately for this first order of the year the couriers have not been successful in getting our orders into the country and through customs in a timely manner. For that reason the LRC has changed couriers at an additional cost.
  • A Second book order was placed through the Scholastic Book Fair* System and was meant to arrive in time for Book Week. It has not, and the books will be put on sale later in the year. Any books that remain unsold will become part of the LRC collection.

Paid subscriptions
  • Questia subscriptions have been updated for students in 10th -12th grade. and their respective teachers. Training was given to students working on extended essays,at the end of sy08/09. Those student are now using Questia.
  • Noodlebib has been renewed again for sy09/10. It is used across KS3 in ICT cross curricular initiatives to teach outlines, citations and note taking. It has also been introduced to 9th-10th through various initiatives.

LRC Committee,Staff and

The LRC Committee will be holding its first meeting prior to the Christmas holidays. LRC Staff members hold regular meetings. Minutes of these meetings are kept on the LRC Google Site.

Newsletters and Reports
A monthly newsletter continues to be written by the LRC Coordinator as a means of communicating with the larger community. This newsletter is sent out at the end of each month and posted on the LRC Website.

The LRC is no longer working with La Sabana School, and instead have begun aiding a small community located in Distrito Italia,Tonacatepeque, North of San Salvador. This parents in this community are trying to build a small library, to help their children in their schooling. The teacher's section of the LRC was weeded in September and books from that collection were donated to the community after many were offered to and bought by individuals at school as well donated to various departments.

Displays continue to be updated regularly and pin boards have been placed in key locations around the LRC. The Careers area has been moved to enable better use of the back of the LRC for exhibitions and reading. Two pin boards have been allocated to careers as well as one column of shelving.

The columns in the LRC are being covered with pin board foam, to better enable staff and students to use them for display. The column directly in front of Large Seminar A is reserved for the use of Amnesty International students and teachers.


Gaming in the LRC has proved an issue this year with the arrival of the new 6th grade. During the orientation sessions, it was explained to students what acceptable gaming was. This continued to be an issue which lead to the creation of the LRC Card system. This 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. Two large posters have also been placed on 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.

Orientation sessions were run for the 6th grade during their Life Skills lessons in September. This was the second session they received, having done a previous one in May of 2009. The focus this time was to get students used to the expectations and routines of working in the LRC, as well as familiarise them further with the LRC Collections.

A student orientation booklet was created for the 6th grade orientation sessions. This version contained a scavenger hunt as well as the basic orientation. The basic booklet can be downloaded from and viewed online in the Staff Section of the LRC website.

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.


Glifos Media (which we have paid for all year) training took place in both Primary and Secondary. Later in the year we hope to encourage Secondary departments to identify an individual or group of individuals, to work with videos that are in frequent use. That said there are doubts as to how well this will be taken on, and how necessary it really is.

Internet connections in the LRC have been fairly strong and consistent between August and November 2009, excepting last two weeks in November.

The Laser jet 3600 colour printer in the LRC has broken down and is still awaiting its new fuser. The black and white printer continues to function and there has been an addition of a new colour laser printer which is capable of printing on tabloid paper. The new printer has been placed in the centre of the circulation area and the photocopier has now been moved to the LRC Office/Workroom.

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.