Advocacy: Annual Reports

The Old Way

I’ve completed my fourth year as a media specialist and love the job even more today than the day I started.  To keep track of what happens in our library, I used my mentor’s monthly statistic report and added activities that the library sponsored each month.  At the end of each semester, I compiled a chart of the monthly statistics to notice trends.  These two reports were combined into a yearly chart at the end of each year and provided a means to gauge improvements from year to year.

The Annual Report:  Getting Started

Two years ago, I noticed that several of the school librarians in my Google Reader were doing much more than compiling statistics; they were creating detailed reports including collection development and analysis, budgetary spending, collaboration efforts with teachers, reading promotion programs, and goals for the upcoming year.  The reflective aspect of this kind of report immediately caught my eye.  As a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, I learned to use reflection to help me grow and become a better teacher.

This year as I began work on our first annual report, I studied reports other school librarians have shared on the Internet.  The organization of these reports is as varied as the programs they reveal.  Using ideas culled from these, I created an outline for our annual report.   Currently at 17 pages, the report is an attempt to provide a complete picture of our library media program.

My Inspirations

In case you have toyed with the idea of creating an annual report but gave up because you found it too time consuming, you might want to look at the reports and blog posts that inspired me to get started.

Exemplary Reports:

Blog Posts:

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Need another reason to consider creating a detailed annual report?

In his post “13 Point Checklist 2009,” Doug Johnson provides administrators with a list to assist them in evaluating their school library program.   The final checkpoint , #13 Evaluation, includes

“Does the SLMS determine and report ways that show the goals and objectives of the program are being met and are helping meet the building and district goals? Does the SLMS create an annual library report for administrators, staff and parents that include qualitative and quantitative measurements?” ~ Doug Johnson

Your annual report will not only provide your administration with an overview of your library media program’s accomplishments, but also provide you an opportunity to see where you’ve been and provide you with information for next year’s goals.

Spread the Wealth Using This Google Spreadsheet

Last year, Lesley Edwards (teacher librarian at Seycove Secondary Library) created a spreadsheet for school librarians to share the link to their annual reports.  When my report is finally completed, I’ll post it to Slideshare and  add the url to the spreadsheet.  Why not add yours?

Image Attribution:  Year End Inventory by The Truth About…


7 Responses to “Advocacy: Annual Reports”

  1. Cathy Nelson Says:

    OH WOW now you are FAMOUS!! I read Doug’s post and totally MISSED it (bad me!)

    That can ONLY mean one thing–you are in his reader, and therefore on his radar!! You’re welcome for getting invited to dinner last spring with Doug at SCASL. (I know you are thanking me, but oh no–I believe you were already established in his reader from the discussion in his session last spring, so I guess I cant take credit after all!!

    It is a well deserved mention Fran. Now you should share that fantastic end of year report with not only Doug, but your readership–ASAP!! I think your email from just a few minutes while ago would be a great post on this here blog of yours.

  2. Fran Says:


    Dinner out with Doug, Heather, Anne, and you in Greenville was such fun! I do thank you (you know that!) for including me in the dinner crew. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

    Now to add the finishing touches to the report and then I will share….

    Thinking about using that email as a post….there’s no way I could do that without totally embarrassing myself!

  3. Cathy Nelson Says:

    Well blogging and using a tool such as this IS about being TRANSPARENT. Still noteworthy none the less.

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