From April 24-28, Leander ISD celebrates Librarian Appreciation Week. This week acknowledges the hard work and dedicated services provided by our district’s librarians, media specialists and library assistants.

“Thank you to our librarians, media specialists and library assistants for all that they do to serve the students and teachers of Leander ISD. You never know what you’re going to see in one of our school libraries,” Library Services Coordinator Becky Calzada said. “In our middle, high school and elementary campuses you’ll see students checking out books, but you’ll also see them exploring Makerspace opportunities, working in the Fab Lab with our new 3D printers, and so much more. Thank you to all of our workers in our libraries – we are grateful for all that you do.”

There is a large body of research showing that strong school libraries make a measurable contribution to student achievement, a summary of which can be found at School Libraries Work.

In accordance with those findings, our most recent annual statistics show that Leander ISD libraries:

  • Had collectively, more than 560,000 items available for check out
  • Circulated over 1,115,000 items in total
  • Checked out more than 914,000 items to students, averaging 32 items per student
  • Shared over 8,500 items among campuses through our inter-library loan service
  • Had more than 520,000 searches on our Gale databases, 136,000 on EBSCO and nearly 2 million searches on all our databases combined

Your Leander ISD librarians:

  • taught over 8,400 hours and nearly 20,000 lessons on information literacy skills
  • Hosted authors, story tellers, artists, poets and even reading dogs!
  • Sponsored dozens of book fairs, reading programs, contests and events
  • Attended more than 1500 hours of staff development, and were presenters at several conferences, including Leander ISD’s own Continuous Improvement Conference, TCEA Conference and Texas Library Association Annual Conference