Last school year my wonderful media assistant, Mrs. Thomason, and I started to collect data on the number of individual students who visit The Merry Media Center each day. Our data collection strategy was not fancy by any stretch of the imagination. We used an inexpensive composition notebook and marked a tally on that day’s page for each student who visited the space. At the end of the day we would add up the number of students from the data we had gathered from the tally marks in the composition book.
This year we are going to have a cute notebook to help us remember to tally our students and a patron count sticker on each page to make sure we are counting the same information every day.
Something new that we are going to try this school year is that our students who come for individual check outs will sign in as soon as they arrive. We will feature the sign-in book in our orientation video, but it is different and new. At first this new procedure is going to be a challenge for students to remember, but with practice it will become a routine. Our sign-in book will help us identify the patrons that are visiting the area and will give the media center staff a way to cross check the number of students who have visited each day.