Collection Evaluation and Development Plan Chrissonna A. Flint Georgia Southern University FRIT 7134 Spring 2010
DESCRIPTION OF SITE AND LEARNERS I currently teach 6-8th grade Business and Computer Science classes at FreedomPark School (Fort Gordon, GA). Even though Freedom Park School (FPS) is located onFort Gordon, it is still part of the Richmond County School System. FPS is one of threeK-8 schools in Richmond County. In this school system, there are also 33 elementaryschools, nine middle schools, and 10 high schools. At FPS, there are currently 806students enrolled. The school is located in a military community with 47.39% of studentseligible for free or reduced meals. There are 2 administrators, 1 math coach, 1 languagecoach, 1 ½ counselors, 56 certified teachers, and 25 classified staff members. The school’s media center is adjacent to the administrative offices and isaccessible to each classroom. It houses approximately 7,295 books. There are also 6desktop computers in the media center. Students are able to use the computers forresearch, take AR Tests, and to search Destiny for various resources. In addition, themedia center has a media room. Fort Gordon is located on the western edge of Augusta, GA. Augusta is thesecond largest as well as oldest city in Georgia. As a matter of fact, Augusta wasestablished in 1736. It is located in the east central part of the state. The Boyhood Homeof President Woodrow Wilson is located in Augusta. In addition, Augusta is the home ofthe world famous Masters Golf Tournament which is held the first full week of April.Famous Augustans include James Brown and Jessye Norman just to name a few. Augusta’s current population is approximately 200,000. Thirty-one percent of thepopulation is under the age of 20. Forty-four percent of the population is white, 52% isAfrican-American, two percent is Hispanic, and two percent is Asian/Pacific Islander.
The mean household income is $68, 049. In addition, the five largest employers areCaresouth of University Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Gracewood StateHospital, MCG Health, and the Medical College of Georgia. There are three 8th grade teachers at Freedom Park School. In addition, there are atotal of 46 eighth graders. The ethnic breakdown is as follows: Hispanic: 2 African-American: 21 American Indian: 2 Two or More Races: 1 Pacific Islander: 1 Asian: 0 Caucasian: 19The reading level of the students is varied. There are a total of 5 special educationstudents in the 8th grade. A special education teacher goes into the general educationclassroom in order to service the students each day.CURRICULUM REVIEW The unit that I have chosen is the Civil Right Movement. This particular unit iscovered in 8th grade. The following standard is addressed in this unit:SS8H11 The student will evaluate the role of Georgia in the modern civil rightsmovement.a. Describe major developments in civil rights and Georgias role during the 1940s and 1950s; include the roles of Herman Talmadge, Benjamin Mays, the 1946 governors race and the end of the white primary, Brown v. Board of Education, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1956 state flag.b. Analyze the role Georgia and prominent Georgians played in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s; include such events as the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Sibley Commission, admission of Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter to the University of
Georgia, Albany Movement, March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, the election of Maynard Jackson as mayor of Atlanta, and the role of Lester Maddox.c. Discuss the impact of Andrew Young on Georgia. Standard Tasks/Activities/Products Resources SS8H11 • Explain the significance of the 1. Social Studies Textbook 1946 governor’s race. 2. Current media center • Explain how the Supreme Court resources (books, videos, etc.) ruling of Brown v. Board of Education effected schools in 3. Numerous Websites (The Georgia. New Georgia Encyclopedia, Biography, etc.) • Identify the events that had a major impact on the outcome of the Civil 4. United Streaming Videos Rights movement. Create an illustrated and annotated timeline 5. Persons who have memory of of the events that had a major specific events, key people, and impact on the outcome of the Civil key groups during the Civil Rights movement. The timeline Rights movement must be placed on a 22" x 28" poster board. • Identify key people and groups during the Civil Rights movement. Choose one key person or group and locate pertinent information about that person or group. Be sure to include the person’s or group’s contributions to the Civil Rights movement. The information must be presented in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation. • Explain the purpose of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. • Read at least one book that is related to the Civil Rights movement. After completing the book, visit the school’s website and post a review of the book on the book blog.
COLLECTION REVIEW For the collection review, I decided to visit the Freedom Park media center for avisual inspection. The biography section is located on the right side of the media center.The books in the biography section are shelved together with their own call numberwhich begins with the letter B. Books that are housed in the biography section arearranged alphabetically by the author’s last name. The reference section is located on theleft side of the media center. The easy section is located in the center of the media center.Books in the easy section are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name. The non-fiction section is also located in the center of the media center. A poster containing theDewey Decimal System is found on the side of the shelf containing the non-fictionbooks. The shelves are labeled with specific Dewey Decimal numbers. The fictionsection is located on the far left wall. The call number begins with FIC and the books inthe fiction section are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name. After making a visual inspection, I searched for all books related to mycurriculum. Of the 7, 295 books available (which is about 9 books per student) in themedia center, only 29 of the books are related to my curriculum. These books are inseveral different areas of the media center. My evaluation revealed that there are a total of19 books in the biography section, 7 books in the non-fiction section, and 3 books in thefiction section. The only books in the reference section that the students can utilize arethe encyclopedias. Furthermore, the collection contained only one video that is related tomy curriculum. Freedom Park is a PK-8 school and I noticed that only 4 of the books inthe collection that is related to my curriculum are actually geared towards youngadolescents. The remaining books are intended for elementary students. Therefore, it is
imperative that I address this issue in my budget plan. The books in the reference,biography, fiction, and non-fiction sections that are related to my curriculum all seem tobe in pretty good condition. I did notice that there were a few books that had normalwear and tear. I discovered that the last time that a book (yes, a single book) related tomy curriculum was purchased was 2009. As far as the age, books in the collection werepublished between 1989 and 2008 which is another issue that I need to address in mybudget plan. Once I located the books that are related to my curriculum, I determined just howclose these books matched the required curriculum. In my evaluation, I noticed that themajority of the books in the collection are about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.Yes, they were important figures during the Civil Rights movement. However, there area number of other people that played a major role during the Civil Rights movement.These people include: Herman Tallmadge, Benjamin Mays, Hamilton Holmes,Charlayne Hunter, Maynard Jackson, Lester Maddox, and Andrew Young. There are notany books in the collection about any of these people. The only place in the media centerthat students can gather information about the people stated earlier is to look in theencyclopedias that are located in the reference section or to use a computer for onlineresearch. Therefore, I need address this issue in my budget plan. The last step in my evaluation is to see how many books that are related to mycurriculum are printed in other languages. To my surprise, there were not any books inthe collection that are printed in other languages. I was surprised primarily becauseFreedom Park is in a military community and students are of multiple nationalities. Thisissue will most certainly be addressed in my budget plan.
Summary of collection needs:1. Choose reference, biography, non-fiction, and fiction books that are geared towards young adolescents.2. Select resources that have been published within the last 10 years.3. Pick a few videos. There is no need to spend a lot of money on videos because teachers have access to online videos as well as United Streaming.4. Choose books and other resources that are in other languages.BUDGET SUMMARY I used three vendors in order to research this topic in great detail and have cometo the conclusion that I will need $1025.18 in order to complete this order. The resourcesthat I discovered will greatly improve the collection. The titles that were found relevantcover topics such as key people and groups during the Civil Rights movement, Brown v.Board of Education, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 just to name a few. In order tothoroughly cover the standard for this particular unit, videos, books, and reference bookscan be used. The spreadsheet contains specific titles. In addition, I have locatednumerous websites that can be utilized throughout this unit. These websites have beenadded to my wiki. In order to gain access to my wiki, click on the following link: http://civilrightsresources.pbworks.com/.