What do I have to show for 2010-11?

Applausephoto © 2009 Peter Dutton | more info (via: Wylio)
In an earlier post (‘round about the time we were all making New Year’s resolutions as I recall) I challenged you all to think about compiling an annual report for your principal.  I have been doing monthly reports to share with my administrator for a number of years but I’d never done an annual report.  There are some great examples to look at here and I found them very inspiring.  (High school librarians—you rock!)  So I’ve been plugging away at mine, slowly collecting data and thinking about what to include.

It’s been a good exercise.  It has helped me to see just how much I have been able to accomplish and grow this year.  At the same time it is a reminder of what is lacking—greater collaboration with teachers, and more non-print resources for those online environments I keep talking about.

I also have come to realize that I need to take more photos to document what happens in the library during the year.  It would have been nice to jazz things up a bit with images for the report.

Doing this report was also an excuse to try out some web 2.0 tools for creating slick online documents (I’m trying to go paperless whenever I can). Richard Byrne was my inspiration here.  I love how he formatted so many of his resources for teachers using issuu.  Next year’s will be even better, but I’m reasonably pleased with my first attempt.  Please share any feedback or your own report with a link in the comments!

In 2011, resolve to…

New Year's Eve Fireworksphoto © 2009 Mack Male | more info (via: Wylio)
Let’s face it–it’s all about the data these days, isn’t it?  I’ve spent a lot of time in recent years thinking about how to make my work more transparent and how to raise awareness of the breadth and depth of the teacher librarian’s role.  One of the things I started doing was to compile a monthly report to submit to my principal.  I basically created a simple template that I follow each time and I try desperately to keep it to one page. (Easier for me, easier for him.)  I’m on a fixed schedule, so the things represented in the report are in addition to the weekly classes held.

You can see some samples from a few months at the link below.  (The first two aren’t labeled but they’re from the first 2 months of this school year.)  Click through using the blue arrows at the top of the screen.

Sample monthly reports

My low-tech way of keeping track of things is to hang a piece of paper on the side of my file cabinet and keep a running list of things we do throughout the month.  We also take lots of photos when appropriate and promote our program on two bulletin boards.

I post links to my reports on the library’s web page as well, in case parents are interested.

A goal I have for this year is to begin publishing an annual report (one with more glitz!).  There are many fine examples of fabulous ones here.

Is 2011 the year you begin sharing how vital you are in a monthly/annual report?