Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice – Getting Started

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the day to day running of the library and lose sight of why we do what we do. Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice – Getting Started really gave me a chance to reconnect with the big picture.  I had always envisioned the annual report to be a collection of pretty numbers displayed on paper. Really, it is so much more.

I am using this blog post as my notebook to jot down ideas about how we can demonstrate our value and update our annual report so it no longer focuses on numbers but on achievement.


  • Lead with emotion. Support that emotion with facts and data.
  • Open the report by connecting with stakeholders with stories. Gather these stories from many different places as mentioned by Joyce Valenza in her article Evolving with Evidence: Leveraging New Tools for EBP
    • review student work
    • gather exit tickets
    • hold small group conferences of seniors to reflect on learning
  • Link back to Vision 2018: Five Year District Plan and how what we are doing (evidenced by stories) supports that plan
  • Doesn’t need to be dry paper. We can get the kids involved. Perhaps produce a flyer like RMHS Library’s Book Buzz and then support it with a video we can show at a Board of Ed meeting and post on our website.


Some things to highlight in the annual report

  • Teen Advisory Committee
    • Active students
    • Results of polls
    • Attempted policy changes and their outcome
      • food
      • moving chairs
      • quiet zones
    • Ideas for next year
  • New format for book talks
    • Need to get feedback from students and teachers to present here
  • Laptops make us more mobile
  • Results from Senior feedback meetings
  • Turnitin
    • Teacher feedback
    • Results of projects
    • How we worked with students to improve their skills based on report feedback.
    • How we will improve the way we use this project next year
  • Weeding project
    • what it was, where it is now, where we are heading
  • Goals for next year

Linking to the research

While everything we have done is great and we see the change in student papers, reading and attitudes we need to link it back to the research. Show Them The Evidence of Your Success provides a great way to think about taking the first step by locating the research and building around it.




About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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1 Response to Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice – Getting Started

  1. Terrific Kim – great list of ideas!

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