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  • 1. Frederica Academy Media Center Facility Plan Dottie Barrow ITEC 7132 Fall 2008
  • 2. Frederica Academy Profile
    • Frederica Academy was founded in 1969 and is a coeducational, nondenominational, independent, college preparatory day school. It includes grades pre-kindergarten through twelve and is located on a seventeen-acre campus on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
  • 3. Accreditation
    • Frederica Academy is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • 4. Services Provided by the Media Center
    • 11,256 holdings (books, VHS and DVD)
    • 14 periodical subscriptions
    • 3 daily newspapers
    • Card catalog accessed from all school computers
    • Database – GALILEO for GISA schools
    • 25 station lower school computer lab
    • 20 station middle school computer lab
    • 8 free standing computers in the high school lobby areas
    • 4 computer stations in the library
    • United Streaming
    • All computers have access to the Internet
    • Wireless campus
    • All computers are networked to printers in every building
  • 5. FA Media Center Profile
    • Serves 416 students, PreK – 12
    • Serves 50-plus faculty
    • One full time media specialist
    • One full time media assistant
    • One part time computer teacher
  • 6. Media Center Accessibility
    • The media center is a free-standing building (3,700 sq. ft.) on the south side of the campus
    • It is connected to other buildings by covered walkways
    • The building includes a lobby, restrooms, computer lab, library area for grades 6-12 and library area for grades Pre –K through 5.
  • 7. Media Center Accessibility
    • The media center is located on one floor with wheelchair accessibility to all rooms, including a handicap-accessible restroom (PL94-142).
    • The stacks are separated by at least 42”
    • The door width and furniture spacing allows enough room for a wheelchair
  • 8. Media Center Layout
    • Lobby with comfortable chairs for reading
    • Restrooms off of the lobby
    • Computer lab with 25 student stations, one teacher station, LCD projection, ActivBoard, White Board and a networked printer for student use
    • Library area for grades 6-12 with tables and chairs, study area, 4 computer stations, and a networked printer for student use
    • Library area for grades Pre K – 5 with tables and chairs and instruction projection system
  • 9. Lighting
    • The windows in the lab and the library are tinted, half moon shaped and located on the upper part of the wall providing natural light but not interfering with the view of a computer monitor or projection screen.
    • Ceiling lights in main areas are fluorescent
    • The only natural light in the lobby comes through the glass double door.
    • Ceiling lights in lobby are four recessed lights
  • 10. Energy Codes Policy Set by the School
    • The media center thermostat is controlled by the media specialist
    • Temperature is set at 75 degrees when the facility is not in use during the months of May – October
    • Temperature is set at 65 degrees when the facility is not in use during the months of November - April
    • Lights are all motion-censored and set to turn off after 15 minutes if a room not being used
  • 11. Facility Use
    • The media center is open to students and faculty from 7:45-4:00 each day
    • There are scheduled weekly classes for grades Pre-K through 5
    • The media center is open at all times (even during scheduled class time) for student and faculty use
    • A schedule is maintained for the media center and the computer lab to allow teachers to sign up for open time to bring their classes to the media center
    • Teachers are encouraged to collaborate with the media specialist on lessons and use of the media center
  • 12. Facility Use by Students
    • Students are allowed to print and make copies in the media center at no charge
    • Students may use the media center at any time during the day with permission from their classroom teacher
    • Students may use the media center during breaks and lunch without a pass
  • 13. Check Out Procedures
    • Students are permitted to check out 2 books at a time for two weeks at a time (exception: Pre – K and Kindergarten are allowed to check out 1 book at time for 1 week)
    • Students checking out more than two items at any given time must have special permission from the media specialist or media assistant
    • Reference books are to be used only in the media center
    • Magazines and newspapers are to be used only in the media center
    • There are no late fees
    • Charge for lost or damaged books is $15.00
    • Teachers are permitted to check out an unlimited amount of materials and have no due date
  • 14. Crisis Plan
    • The media center possesses a written security and crisis management plan and trains appropriately with the entire school (SACS standard 5.8)
    • The media center has a two-way radio for communication with other parts of the school in the event of a crisis
  • 15. View of the Lobby Reading Area
  • 16. Circulation Desk
    • Circulation Desk is centrally located so that the
    • MS has a clear view of the entire MC (notice the small book return basket)
  • 17. Seating Area
    • 5 adult size tables for student use (24 students)
  • 18. Stacks
    • Fiction for Grades 6-12
  • 19. Computer Stations in the Library
    • 4 computers in the library used primarily for Accelerated
    • Reader testing, searching the catalog and research
    • Located near the circulation desk so that computer use by students can be easily monitored
    • Computers networked to a printer
  • 20. Knights Reading Room “Kingdom of Read-a-lot”
    • Story area for grades Pre K – 5
  • 21. Knights Reading Room
    • 5 tables for instructional use (2 small tables and 3 adult-size tables) – room used by grades PK-5
  • 22. Computer Lab
    • Lab located next door to the library Teacher station
    • 25 computer stations Networked printer
    • ActivBoard and LCD projector
  • 23. Server Room
    • Server located in a
    • closet at the back of
    • computer lab
    • Secured and well-
    • ventilated area
  • 24. Work Room
    • VHS and DVD collection
    • Laminator
    • Book processing area
  • 25. Equipment Storage
    • TV DVD Laptop Computer LCD Projector
    • Overhead Projector VCR Desktop Speakers
  • 26. Original Floor Plan Computer Lab Library Lobby Work Room storage Laminator Desk VHS DVD Magazines chair chair Water Fountain Magazines Bathroom Server Room Desk ActivBoard White Board Printer Circulation Desk Knights Reading Room Table Easy Fiction Easy Non- Fiction Biographies Easy Non- Fiction Table Table Table Reading Area Non-Fiction Fiction Fiction Magazine s Reference Study Carrel Fiction chair chair Table Table Table Table Computer Station Printer
  • 27. Positive Survey Results
    • Teachers responded that they like the flexibility of being able to allow students to come to the media center on their own throughout the day to check out books, read, research and take AR tests
    • Lower school students like coming weekly to media for story time and book talks
    • Middle school students like being able to use the computer lab for research
    • High school students enjoy the magazines in the reading area and the wireless campus
  • 28. Negative Survey Results
    • Teachers would like to see the middle school and high school novels in the main area of the media center separated
    • Teachers and students suggested having a larger book return
    • Students would like to be able to tell what the AR level of a book is without having to take it off the shelf
    • Students would like to be able to eat and drink in the lobby area of the media center
    • The media specialist noted that the lighting in the lobby area is poor for reading
  • 29. Revised Floor Plan Computer Lab Library Lobby Work Room storage Laminator Desk VHS DVD Magazines chair chair Water Fountain Magazines Restroom Server Room Desk ActivBoard White Board Printer Circulation Desk Knights Reading Room Table Easy Fiction Easy Non- Fiction Biographies Table Table Table Reading Area Non-Fiction Fiction Non-Fiction Magazines Reference Study Carousel Fiction chair chair Table Table Table Table Computer Station Printer Add lighting to The lobby area Add sign to lobby area BookDrop Additions
  • 30. Facility Changes
    • Allow students to eat and drink in the lobby area
    • Purchase a sign to indicate that food is allowed in the lobby only
    • Demco - 1310 Sign Holder W/Frame 11" x 14" BlackWE14928950 EA $264.99
    • http://www.demco.com
  • 31. Facility Changes
    • Improved lighting in the lobby
    • Purchase 3 ceiling fixtures
    • Pegasus Associates Lighting -
    • Fluorescent Linear Ceiling Mount
    • Light Fixture   $359.70
    • http://www.pegasusassociates.com/index.html
  • 32. Facility Changes
    • Enlist the help of volunteers to code the AR book level on the spine of the books.
  • 33. Facility Changes
    • Purchase a new book return to put by the
    • circulation desk. By choosing one on wheels, it
    • gives some flexibility to easily move it around.
    • Highsmith, Inc. - W11-29519 95.00 No   $959.00
    • http://www.highsmith.com
  • 34. Frederica Academy
    • Home of the Knights