Morrow High School Media Center Facility PlanPresented by: LaSheika PowellCourse: FRIT 7132Spring 2011Instructor: Dr. Chester
Enrollment and Staffing Grades: 9-12 Student population: 2,074 Teachers and staff: 106 One Administrator Five Assistant Administrators
Students Per Grade Level Grade 9: 700 Grade 10: 491 Grade 11: 501 Grade 12: 382
Student Demographics White :101 Black: 1,596 American Indian: 1 Asian: 154 Hispanic: 162
Morrow High Media Center Personnel One Media Specialist One Media Clerk
Morrow High Media Center LocationThe mediacenter islocatedacross fromthecourtyard.Thecourtyard isthe areawherestudents goto eat andrelax duringlunch.
Media Center LocationThis displaycase islocatedoutside ofthe mediacenter.Every monththere isdifferentinformationinside thedisplay casepertaining tothe school’scurriculum.
Morrow High Media Center Location The media center is located on the second floor near many of the science classes. Unfortunate ly, it is a great distance from many of the CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education) classes.
Circulation DeskUponentering themediacenter, thecirculationdesk islocated onthe left handside.
Reading AreaThis is thereading area.The readingarea is on theimmediate leftupon enteringthe mediacenter. This areais not utilizedoften due to thelack of seatingspace. Thedownsize is thatthis area is rightnext to thehallway whichcan be a littlenoisy at times.
Computer AreaUnfortunately,some of them arenon operable attimes. Additionalcomputers arelocated in thecomputer lab onthe second floor.The computer labhas 30 computersfor students toutilize. Thedownfall to this ismany teachersutilize thecomputer lab forthe entire schoolday to housestudents becausethey are too lazytoo teach!
Survey Results/Positive ResultsTeachers Students- The media center - Can check out many includes additional books at a time. resources for teaching - Can utilizes computers various units. before school, after- Large area to teach school and during lunch. combined classes. - Large area to complete- - Additional computers assignments. for teachers to utilize during planning period.
Survey Results/NegativeTeachers Students- Not much of a selection of - There is not a great selection teacher resources to choose of books to check out. from. - There is no quiet reading- Sometimes students are area. utilizing all computers which - Chairs do not have cushion may cause a teacher to have which cause us(students) not to wait to use a computer. to remain in the media center- - Teachers can not utilize the for an extended period of media center on certain days time. due to the requirement of fixed scheduling.
Existing LayoutPink Area- MediaClerk work stationOrange Area-Circulation DeskGreen Area- NewBooksBlue Area- ReadingAreaDark Brown Area-Nonfiction/FictionBooksBurgundy Area-Teacher ResourcesLight Brown Area-Chairs and Tablesfor students to read Buy SmartDraw !- purchased copies print thisand complete class document without a watermark .work. Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729.
Media Center Improvements Need more Eliminate unused computers for book shelves next to students and the copy machine teachers to utilize and replace with at throughout the day. least 15 computers. 15 computers at $601.00 www.dell.com
Media Center Improvements Cubicles and earphones should be purchased for students to be able to work without being disturbed by others.Cubicles-www.cubesolutions.comEarphones- $50.00 eachwww.theshoppingcart.com
Media Center Improvements Cushions need to be placed in seats so students will be comfortable while in the media center. 110 cushions for $2,300.00www.secondlife.com
Media Center Improvements Purchase more teacher resources, other than books, for the units students are studying throughout the year. More visual aids should be purchased to assist with teaching units.
Media Center Improvements Eliminate loveseat and replace with a sectional to hold additional students. www.kontaktmag.com
New LayoutBurgundy Area- teacherresourcesExtra book shelves wereeliminated and replacedwith additionalcomputers.Tan Area- Cubicle area:can seat 4 students persection (can hold 20students).Light Green- Newselection of books forstudents to utliize.Light Brown Area- Tablesand chairs for studentsto completeassignments. Can hold80 students.Light Brown shelves- Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print thisFiction books document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729.Dark Brown shelves-Nonfiction books
Media Center PolicyAccessibility of the media center The Library Media Center (LMC) should always be open and accessible. The Georgia Department of Education policy 160-4- 4-.01 clearly states that the LMC is flexibly scheduled throughout each instructional day. Morrow High School Media Center Hours of Operation: 7:30AM- 3:15PM I would extend the hours to 5:00PM for those students who are able to work late on assignments in the media center. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) policy concerning Flexible Scheduling is taken very seriously and assigning classes to the Media Center is a violation of GaDOE policy. Every Library Media Specialist (LMS) is also required to have an active school level Library Media/Technology Committee. Light Blue- Changes that I would make to the current policy.
Media Center Policy Collaboration and flexible scheduling are needed for a quality and effective K- 12 media center instructional program. One cannot exist without the other. The library media program shall be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the library media specialist in order to help our students achieve. Collaboration between the media specialist and classroom teacher is not required at Morrow High School. Collaboration between both the media specialist and teacher should be required. It is essential that flexible scheduling work in partnership with collaboration. Administrators, classroom teachers, and media specialists should realize that flexible scheduling is much more difficult and time consuming than a fixed schedule. Flexible scheduling is not having a sign up sheet available and allowing teachers to sign up for the media center. The necessary planning for successful instruction with the classroom teacher and co-teaching the students are time consuming. Again, the Library Media Center should always be open and accessible. This is a GaDOE policy and if classes are assigned to the media center it is not possible to be open to all students, staff, and faculty. Fixed scheduling is required at Morrow High School. I would recommend that flexible scheduling is required for the reasons mentioned above.
Media Center Policy Evaluation of Collection/Funding Every school is required to have one full time media specialist as well as one full time media clerk. Morrow High has one full time media specialist and one full time media clerk. Each school should have at least 2 media specialists or clerks to assist with the workload required by media specialists. The media center’s collection is reviewed annually. Resources that are not utilized are eliminated. Weeding also takes place annually. The collection must align with the GPS standards as well as the curriculum that is being taught in classrooms.
Media Center Policy Evaluation of Collection/Funding continued Due to budget cuts received this school term, the superintendent only awarded $5,000 to each media center in Clayton County Public Schools. Evidently, this is not enough funds to replace resources in the media center. The annual budget received by each media center in the Clayton County School system should be a minimal of $10,000.
Media Center Policy Internet Use Each student is required to have a completed Internet Agreement Form on file before they are allowed to access the computers in the media center.
Media Center Policy Circulation Policies 9th-12th grade- Students are allowed to check out as many books as they like with the exception of reference material such as encyclopedias and dictionaries. They are required to utilize reference material in the media center.
Media Center Policy Literacy Checklist Requirements. Before students graduate from Morrow High School, they are required to know how to complete each task on the checklist listed below:- Log on to Internet to locate sources of information.- Evaluate web sites for accuracy of information (reliability, credibility, accuracy).- Use GALILEO as a source of information for research projects and personal information.- Know how to create citations- Understand the ethics of using resources including copyright restrictions and the concept of plagiarism.
Media Center Policy Checklist continued- Use OPACS to locate resources in a library media center.- Understand and use the Dewey classification system.- Use specialized reference works and databases.The checklist is listed as a requirement for students before graduation but, our students do not know how to do many of the tasks on this checklist. I would recommend that the media specialist with the collaboration of the teacher ensure that the tasks mentioned in the Library Checklist are accomplished by each student before graduation.
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