Catholic School Librarians Welcome PLC

Seven years ago, the Catholic Schools Office invited all librarians in the Dayton Deanery to a new Professional Learning Community (PLC).  KaSandra Feldmann was thrilled because she was the new library/media specialist at what is now known as Mother Maria Anna Brunner Catholic School and she had no experience as a librarian at the time.   What she did have, however, was a $10,000 grant to computerize her library and a passion to make it the best it could be.  

The first year of the PLC was spent visiting each school’s library, assessing strengths and weaknesses, and seeking the best software for Catholic school libraries.   The librarians agreed that Follett Destiny Library Manager would be the most beneficial software program as it is an online catalog which also provides access to educator-reviewed digital content and tools that help students, librarians, and educators find, share, and use print and digital resources. 

KaSandra envisioned deeper collaboration among other PLC libraries and devised a plan with Jackie Skiple, librarian at St. Helen School, which would allow independent Catholic schools to form a library district using their Follett software as the platform for managing the district.  The plan was approved and presented to all Dayton Deanery principals.  A total of nine schools have become part of the Dayton Deanery Library District.

Librarians from all nine schools support one another by sharing ideas and resources, both in print and online.  Last year, the District focused on building a shared eBook collection.  This year, librarians will continue to build the eBook collection and will train their teachers to use this new resource with suggestions for classroom use.  Students in grades K-12 have access to eBooks, a plethora of e-resources, and physical resources as well. 

Archbishop Alter High School Library Media Specialist, Christie Sanderman, published an article in Ohio Media Spectrum, a nationally recognized professional journal in the field of educational library/media services. 

Further reading about the Dayton Deanery Library District on pages 45-47 >>