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HFM BOCES School Library System 2016-2017 Evaluation Survey Summaries

October 2, 2017 | Filed in Archive

Please complete this form to indicate your assessment of our School Library System’s service during the school year 2017-2018.  Your responses will help us serve you better!  The State Education Department will also receive a summary of the evaluation results.


Please note that for many items you are asked to indicate your degree of satisfaction with the program and/or service AND how important that service and/or program is to you.

Completing this form should take approximately 15 minutes.

Where appropriate, please rate 1-5 using the following scale:
1 – poor
2 – fair
3 – good
4 – very good
5 – excellent
NA – not applicable

1 – not important at all
2 – somewhat important
3 – important
4 – very important
5 – essential
NA – not applicable

1. How would you rate the communication between you and your school district Council and Communication Coordinator member?

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 1 5 0 4 1

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 4 2 5 1


I am the rep.

2. How would you rate the communication between the SLS and you concerning information from the State Education Department and other library systems?

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 2 4 6 0

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 2 5 5 0


3. Did you take part in our Shadowing Program in the past year?

Yes- 0
No- 12

If so, how was it helpful to you?

When changing jobs, I attempted to shadow Kristi in both schools. We succeeded with one (the other was a snow day…) I found it EXTREMELY helpful.
Very helpful in getting ideas for my makerspace.

4. Has the SLS promoted an exchange of ideas between School Library Media Specialists?

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 2 4 6 0

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 3 3 7 0

So many of us are the only SLMS in our districts and it’s essential that we have the opportunity to hear what others are doing.

5. SLS offered many professional development opportunities this year including …
Workshops for teachers and SLMS which included: Makerspaces Anyone, Cool Tools for Schools and Public & School Libraries Working Together.

A 4-System workshop w/ WSWHE SLS, Questar and Capital Region BOCES was offered: “Future Ready Libraries”.

How would you rate these?

1 2 3 4 5 NA 
0 0 0 4 6 2

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 1 4 6 1

As important as the regional workshops are, I love our HFM workshops!  Yes.  The balance between the two works wonderfully.

6. Would you be willing to offer a mini-workshop to your colleagues as part of our staff development for 2017-2018? If so, on what topic?
Yes – 2
No – 10


Video editing
No time

7A. What type of staff development would be most useful to you personally?
LibGuides and breakout edu.

7B. When would you prefer we hold staff development events?  (Check all that apply)

Summer 3
During School Hours 7
After School Hours 0
Half Day 8
Full Day 8

8. How would you rate the service of the routing of professional journals such as School Library Journal and Booklist?
1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 2 3 6 1

1 2 3 4 5 NA
0 0 4 4 4 0


9A.  Is your school administrator aware and supportive of the School Library System services?

    Very aware 4
    Somewhat aware  7
    Unaware 1

    9B.  What strategies have you employed to increase awareness?


    Forward applicable information

    We discuss this in meetings

    Memos, speaking to people personally

    I mention the services to my principal whenever I can

    Communication, regular meetings, tech presence

    Email, brochures, face-to-face



    I keep him informed of what I know and learn

    Email, in person discussion

    My principal attends the awards luncheon

    10A. Are students and faculty in your school aware of the School Library System services? 
    Very aware – 1
    Somewhat aware – 11
    Unaware – 0

    10B. What have you done in your building to increase awareness?

    Email updates to faculty about resources, as well as in one-to-one discussions with staff members.

    We discuss the services in faculty meetings and during class.

    Memos, speaking to people personally.

    I tell them I will arrange delivery of material for them if they ask for something specific.

    I have a time slot at every faculty meeting, communication

    Distribute the monthly flier and use it in our own library.

    Shared info with them

    Email, brochures, face-to-face


    Sent emails and updates

    I help the teachers locate materials

    11. Do you feel that increased positive public relations with your parents and community is directly beneficial to your library?
    Very – 6
    Somewhat – 6
    No – 0


    12. How would you rate the SLS in encouraging and promoting collaboration between you and the classroom teacher in support of the New York State Standards?
    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 2 5 4  1

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 6 4  1

    Having workshops where we can invite teachers is useful.

    13. How would you rate the SLS in its support of your requests for resource sharing of books and periodicals in the following areas?

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 4 7 0

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 0 11 0

    CaDiLaC Online
    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 4 4 0

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 0 11 0

    Database group buys

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 1 8 2

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 1 10 0

    Courier service

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 4 7 0

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 3 0 11 0


    14. Have you found the HFM SLS Union Catalog (Horizon) helpful for ILL purposes?
    Very – 9
    Somewhat 3
    Not at all – 0


    I use IPAC every day and so do our students; it is a vital resource.

    15. Approximately how often have you used the HFM Union Catalog?
    Very often – 5
    Often – 4
    Somewhat – 2
    Not at all – 1

    I use Cadilac (CDLC)
    Will use more in coming year.

    16A. To what extent are you familiar with the policies and procedures that have been established for our CCCD Plan?
    Familiar – 5
    Somewhat – 5
    Not at all – 2


    With databases and resources on the internet is this still needed?  Just wondering – I didn’t know it even existed until this year.

    Would you like to see this developed more for ILL purposes?
    Yes – 3
    No – 5
    Maybe – 1

    16C.  What subject(s) does your library represent well?

    World War I – weapons and technology; Cold War; Issues & Controversies

    Solar system, biomes


    All subjects

    Ancient Egypt, Cooking

    Native Americans

    American History, Social issues and literary criticisms

    16D.  Would you like to see this developed more for ILL purposes?

    Yes 6
    No  2

    16E.  Comments:

    I think we mainly need this for elementary, middle school.

    I base it on student/teacher need in the building – if people want to borrow through

    ILL that’s fine.

    Most of the research is done on the internet.

    18. How would you rate the SLS support of all aspects of library automation?
    1 2 3 4 5 NA 
    0 0 1 3 8 0

    1 2 3 4 5 NA
    0 0 1 2 9 0

    I’m going to miss Edie.

    18A. Describe two goals you have for next year for your professional development

    Learn more of the system.

    To have more of a working knowledge of the standards to better collaborate with teachers.

    Include digital citizenship in with all elementary technology/library classes

    Keep up with new standards; going to workshops.

    To get through the fall so I can retire in December

    Virtual Field Trips, Video Editing

    Unpacking the new AASL standards, becoming a Google Certified Level 1 trainer


    To get more students to read and to improve the school website

    Learn more about coding – learn more resources to use for research with younger grades.

    Focus!!!  Too much multitasking – Continue taking the opportunities offered.

    Working on the new AASL standards – Learning about LibGuides

    18B.  Describe two goals you have for next year for your media center

    Formalize the makerspace and start program for student tech helpers/makers

    Reorganize the library after summer carpet replacement

    More weeding and rearranging

    To successfully hand over the reins to someone else as I will be retiring.

    Collection development of non-fiction, chrome base integration

    Create permanent makerspace location; add official library student helpers/leaders.

    Set up biography, multiple book, and fiction sections in the mail part of the library since these sections will be moved from the back of the library; to incorporate more technology into library lessons like the zspace machines and virtual reality headsets.

    More collaboration with other teachers.  Continue promoting the 21st century library (which is NOT the 20th century library many adults are stuck on.

    19. How can the School Library System help you achieve these goals?

    Continue to communicate staff development opportunities in our area networks.


    Not sure right now.

    Offer workshops on using this type of technology or new technology in library lessons.

    PD, other offerings like databases, journals, etc.

    20.  Which System provided service was of greatest benefit to you this year?


    Database buys, courier services & PD opportunities

    Interlibrary loan and Instructional Resource Center

    Courier service and Edie

    The courier service

    Courier service, magazine borrowing from HFM

    Fall makerspace with the robots and letting us play before we try it with the kids

    Interlibrary Loan (X 2)



    The people!!!!  You are all essential for our success

    21. If you could add one service to the System’s offerings for next year, what would it be? 

    Not sure

    Courier service every Monday

    Easier method of accessing IRC library – I find it cumbersome to locate right now so usually just call but I think this may hold others back from enjoying and searching the delights in IRC

    Electronic interlibrary loan

    Courier every day.  I know that’s not possible but it’s still what I would wish for.

    It would be useful to promote NYLA/SSL.  Offer to pay one of our librarians to attend the conference in the spring.

    22. What program/service is most in need of improvement?  How?

    Web Reporter/report making abilities.

    Horizon reports – please let the update over the summer fix this.

    Interlibrary Loan – not everyone participates and that weakens its effectiveness for everyone.

    Horizon ipac is not user friendly and with that I mean easy for the students to use.

    23. Additional comments:

    We need to revisit an ebook platform.  One that has an app.