Today I received feedback from a survey that was given to the students who participated in leader librarians. The students were asked:
What did you enjoy most? Almost all students in the group listed “buying books” as what they enjoyed. They also listed things like using Animoto for the school to see what was done, ordering and unpacking books, and bringing more books into our library.
What did you learn from Leader Librarians? Students said they learned how hard it is to spend the amount of money that you have to buy books. They learned how to use money wisely and that it’s a big process to order books for a library. They learned how to be a “good librarian”.
If you could change something or do something differently, what would it be? They wished that they could have bought more books and checked more of the books out to read before other students got to read them. They also wished that more people could have come to the enrichment fair to see what they accomplished across our 9 weeks together. Most of all, they said they really wouldn’t change anything.
It was such a treat to hear what these 12 students had to say about being a part of the budgeting decisions in the library. We ran out of time to sit together and reflect on what we had accomplished, so I was thankful that our enrichment cluster coordinator found time to collect data from all students in the school about their clusters. Hearing these students’ voices confirmed for me the importance of giving students the opportunity to be a part of decision-making in the library.