Information Needs Audit

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purpose
An essential part of the information specialist role of the teacher-librarian within a school is to know, understand and analyse your information needs so that these can be met efficiently and effectively.

In order to do this, we need to know what these needs are so we are asking you to complete this survey so we can identify priorities and initiate practices to address these.

method
All you are required to do is prioritise the items in the following survey (with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least) according to your personal needs (not the staff as a whole).  

You are also urged to add any other information-related needs and so forth that you may have so we can consider and address these where appropriate and possible.  Extra lines have been added to the table for you to include these.

As a benchmark we have also asked that you rank the quality of the services you currently receive so that we can measure our improved performance in this area.

Please return your survey to the teacher-librarian as soon as possible.

For those who prefer it, this survey is also available online at [insert URL here]

results
Information gathered from this survey will be collated, individual needs identified, and services and strategies implemented so that you can receive the type and level of service you require and deserve.

Your feedback is appreciated.

Name
Service Offered/ Personal Needs Ranking
Provision of and access to resources suitable for teacher use in a variety of formats to support your delivery of the curriculum
Selection, circulation and delivery of these to you on request
Provision of and access to resources suitable for student use in a variety of formats to support your delivery of the curriculum
Selection, circulation and delivery of these to you on request
Provision of and access to resources in a variety of formats to support your professional development
Provision of and access to resources in a variety of formats to support your personal interests
Provision of and access to fiction to support personal reading
Provision of and access to fiction to support students’ instructional-level reading
Provision of and access to fiction to support students’ independent-level reading
Promotion of literature to  support your classroom reading program
Promotion of literature for your students through displays and activities
Development of print and digital pathfinders to support topics
Collaborative planning  and preparation of key topics in your proposed program to support an inquiry-based pedagogy
Suggestions for the integration of ICT in your class program
Suggestions for the integration of Information Literacy into your program
Suggestions for the integration of fiction into your program
Suggestions for community contacts to support your program
Instruction in the independent use of the Resource Centre for yourself
Instruction in the independent use of the Resource Centre for your students
Instruction in the use of applications and/or program software
Instruction in the use of our computer network
Instruction in the use of hardware devices such as tablets, e-readers
Instruction in the use of the departmental portal and associated  websites
Instruction in the effective use of the Internet as a teaching tool
Instruction in the participation / development of ICT-based projects such as webpages, Book Raps, email exchanges and so forth
Alerts for participation in online learning projects
Instruction in the use of the functionality of Scootle to access the National Digital Learning Resources Network and create Learning Paths
Instruction in the use of appropriate social networking tools and how these can be used in the classroom
Continued development of the school website to support professional needs
Continued development of the school website to support classroom needs
Access to the world’s key teacher-librarian networks for resource suggestions on request
Alerts about appropriate resources or discussion threads from these lists as they arise
Alerts for interesting items from departmental newsletters and elsewhere
Alerts for Professinal Learning opportunities
Alerts for and circulation of professional reading materials
Alerts for new acquisitons for the Teacher Reference area
Advice on copyright issues
Advice on classroom-related puchases
Promotion of new resources for staff and students
Provision of access to newspapers and professional journals
Provision of a book review blog
Development of print, video and digital resources on how to use the library for staff
Development of print, video and digital resources on how to use the library for students
Co-ordination of library-based professional learning
Participation of techer librarian in team and faculty meetings
Alerts for and promotion of special days such as R U OK Day.
Provision of circulation bsed reports such as borrowing statistics and overdue notices
Access to the teacher librarian as a research instructor on demand
Access to the teacher librarian as a research instructor in scheduled lessons
Provision of a Readers Advsiory service for free voluntary reading
Instruction in the use of social bookmarkingtools such as Pinterest, or social networking tools such as Facebook.
Access to resources shelved appropriately in a timely manner
Access to new resources accessioned and covered in a timely manner
Access to the teacher librarian to sort out computer, printer and/or photocopying issues as they occur
Insert other items as appropriate.
 
 

 

Delivery Format
Please indicate your preferred method of delivery for non-physical items such as alerts, using a scale of 1 –5 with 1 as your preferred option

Printed format in your pigeon hole
Email to your school address
Email to your home address (please provide)
Announcement at staff meetings
Announcement on school intranet
Announcement at Recess
Casual conversation
Other  (excluding song and dance routines)

 

Format

Please indicate your preferred format of resources (either personal or student use) … using a scale of 1 –5 with 1 as your preferred option

 

Books and other printed matter
DVD
Database access
Online resources
Apps suitable for tablets
Apps suitable for interactive whiteboards
Charts and maps
Audio resources
Hotlists of direct links to selected websites
Learning Paths developed in Scootle
Actual artefacts
Please indicate those formats thatyou would like to be expanded
Please indicate those content areas that you would like to be expanded

Frequency

Please indicate when you would like these services to be offered.       

As they become available On a weekly basis On a fortnightly basis
On request only On request AND as they become available Not at all

 

Current Service Standards
Please rank the current services standards on a 1 – 5 basis.

Overall services Provision and selection of resources Support of teaching programs
ICT instruction/ assistance Personal professional alerts Provision of student-centred environment

 

The area that I believe needs urgent attention is ….. (please elaborate)

 

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  1. Thanks for all of this Barbara! There is so much detail here…truly wonderful. Thank heavens for holidays so that I have finally made the time to look at the resources you have shared. Jo Schenkel

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