Library Program Improvement and Innovation Plan

Relevant details and data for the Library Program.

Program Overview

Library Information Services (LIS) supports the school library programs of FCPS. School librarians

  • Teach and assess students in
    • Developing questions.
    • Identifying problems.
    • How to independently investigate, research and communicate solutions.
    • Information skills.
    • Critical thinking.
  • Provide support for reading and digital learning.

LIS

  • Provides support, training, and professional learning for all school librarians.
  • Furthers School Board and Instructional Services Department priorities to include:
    • Achieving Portrait of a Graduate objectives.
    • Supporting the Equitable Access to Literacy plan.
  • Prioritizes equitable practices and a culturally responsive pedagogy for students and staff.
  • Provides a safe and welcoming environment for students to:
    • Pursue their interests.
    • Get academic support.
    • Express their creativity.
  • Collaborates with content area and special program teams in ISD and DSS to support their work and professional learning.

Library services are provided to students and staff at all FCPS

  • Schools
  • Centers
  • Administrative offices
  • Special libraries including:
    • the ESOL Resource Library
    • the Parent Resource Center
    • Family and School Partnerships
    • Fine Arts Library
    • Non-traditional school programs
    • the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.

In addition to administering local school library funding, LIS provides a collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and online databases for all students and staff. This includes a digital collection of professional educational resources.

LIS funds resources and materials for all school library collections to support the curriculum, personal growth, and interests of students and staff with an emphasis on access to reading, resources, and information. Resources are used at school, at home, and throughout the Division and include:

  • Library books
  • Magazines
  • eBooks
  • Audiobooks
  • Online research databases
  • Other library materials

In FCPS schools and centers Library Support Services (LSS) is responsible for the

  • Acquiring
  • Accounting
  • Receipt
  • Cataloging
  • Processing,
  • Distribution of library materials.

LSS performs specialized cataloging and processing with the goal of providing maximum access to library materials. This frees school librarians so they can focus on student learning and collaboration with school staff.

LSS provides technical training for school librarians on several library management systems that are necessary for managing library programs and library materials. LSS also provides cataloging and distribution services to ISD and DSS for curriculum and program materials delivered to schools.

LIS and LSS collaborate with the library functional applications support team (FASTeam) in the Department of Information Technology to maintain library technology and management systems.

Scope of Impact

School Level Number of Sites Number of Students Served
ES 142 91,117
MS 26 28,755
HS 27 58,318

Actions and Measures

Updated for the 2022-2023 school year.

Goal 1

By June 2023, PreK-12 students will have increased access to the library. Closures of the library for testing and other non-instructional events will meet benchmarks at elementary schools of an average of one day, at middle schools an average of five days, and high schools an average of eight days or less.

Actions

  • Collaborate with stakeholders such as the Office of Assessment & Reporting, Educational Technology team, and TSSPC management to explore options and determine best practices in procedures that balance testing and laptop distribution requirements with equitable access to student resources and the library.
  • Identify variables and practices that enable schools to minimize closure of the library for testing or other non-instructional reasons by interviewing librarians, administrators, and other stakeholders.
  • Identify variables and practices that contribute to closure of the library for testing or other non-instructional reasons at a rate above goal benchmarks.
  • Collaboratively draft and communicate guidelines that identify the equity implications of closing the library and potential strategies that limit library closures for testing and other non-instructional reasons. This will include identifying schools willing to share their strategies with others.

Measures

  • June 2023 library reports of closure due to testing and other non-instructional reasons compared with 2021-22 reporting.
  • June 2023 library reports show a narrowing of the overall range of days among schools by level that close libraries for testing and other non-instructional reasons.
  • Interview notes and documentation of challenges and successful strategies.

Goal 2

Library Information Services (LIS)

By June 2023, 90% of school library programs will demonstrate growth on a continuum in implementing meaningful learning experiences with students as identified through the FCPS Instructional Framework.

Actions

  • Develop a continuum instrument for librarians to self-assess their current practice and reflect on their growth.
  • Include professional learning opportunities on planning, implementing and assessing meaningful learning experiences during fall and spring level meeting and at the winter in-service.
  • Provide fall, winter, and spring diagnostic activities to monitor growth on the continuum instrument.
  • Collect student work samples or learning activity plans to demonstrate an understanding of the pedagogy behind meaningful learning experiences.
  • Amplify the work and perspective of librarians who model successful practices in meaningful learning experiences for students.
  • Collaborate with central office programs to enhance librarians’ learning about POG and Equitable Access to Literacy, as they contribute to the development of meaningful learning experiences for students.

Measures

  • The results associated with a continuum instrument for librarians to self-assess their current practice and reflect on their growth.
  • The evaluation of student work samples or librarian-created and implemented learning activities.
  • Attendance and participation of librarians during LIS professional learning opportunities.
  • Documented collaborations with other central office programs.

Goal 3

Library Support Service (LSS)

By June 2023, LSS will reduce the number of business days that new library materials remain at the IPSC warehouse before being delivered to school libraries by 10%.

Actions

  • Utilize student interns from the Pulley Center to open and receive new materials. This will free LSS staff to concentrate on verifying the copy records in Destiny. 
  • Number and track weekly deliveries to IPSC of new library materials. 
    • Assign a “set number” to weekly deliveries to IPSC.
    • Delivery drivers will record set numbers delivered by date on signature sheets.
    • Record earliest delivery to schools and latest delivery to schools to determine range.

Measures

  • Track the business days from delivery of materials at IPSC to delivery to school libraries. 
  • Compare FY 22 baseline data to FY23 data.