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.
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]
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.
|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.|
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|
|Other (excluding song and dance routines)|
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|
|Apps suitable for tablets|
|Apps suitable for interactive whiteboards|
|Charts and maps|
|Hotlists of direct links to selected websites|
|Learning Paths developed in Scootle|
|Please indicate those formats thatyou would like to be expanded|
|Please indicate those content areas that you would like to be expanded|
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)
Read this article about surveying students to discover their needs including the questions that were asked and which coold be adapted to your needs.
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
As always, you are so generous! When I need something for my Library – I always look at your page first! Then I adapt your brilliant offerings to suit my individual needs. Many, many thanks Barbara!
Thank you for creating and sharing this great user survey.
My school is just about to open a brand new library, and the Information Needs Audit ‘criteria’ will be very helpful as we benchmark our starting point and make future plans!
(After we unpack and shelve 500 boxes of books 😉
Jenny Williams, Bibliothèque Director, IGS Sydney