Presented by: Melissa Brock FRIT 7132 Fall 2010
Culturally diverse population ofapproximately 480 students, grades Prek-4thSixty percent of the students fall in thelower socioeconomic level (free/reducedmeals)60+ staff and faculty membersOver half of the teachers hold a master’sdegree or higher
The media center provides 1. Encourage students to curriculum support, become lifelong readers research guidance, and by providing a variety of enrichment through quality literature in the literature appreciation, library. and other learning 2. Encourage students to experiences to the become lifelong learners students, faculty, and by providing opportunity staff. The Center fosters for students to locate a positive environment information. that encourages students 3. Collaborate with to be lifelong readers and teachers to provide learners. learning experiences that enhance the curriculum.
One full-time media specialist Two paraprofessionals (pulled daily for enrichment and classroom activities) Fixed schedule times for classes/ flexible scheduling for independent student/ class needs Over 20,000 items which include books, audio/book kits, audio recordings, video recordings, and teacher resources
The media center is located on the back hallway of the school, but the hallway is easily accessed by other parts of the building through outside entrances (except in bad weather). The gym and hallway bathrooms are located on the same part of the hallway, so noise and traffic is an issue for the media center entrance.
The entrance is onedoor for entering andexiting the mediacenter. The passage isnarrow and congestedduring class changes.There is a small“Media” sign that hangsfrom the ceiling besidethe door, and visitorsoften miss theentrance.
The circulation desk isclosely located to themain entrance. Thepassageway to the check-in area and from thecheck-out area is verynarrow. Students are insingle-file and the area iscongested because ofstudents entering andleaving the media center.The view from the desk islimited and blocked byshelves.
The office has a large window The storage area is used for that allows the SLMS to view curricular material storage as the library, but it is not well as videos and AV located near the circulation materials. It is crowded, yet desk. organized.
The front seating area has four square tables with chairs. The tables are pushed together here. There are child-size benches and an angled table for writing/reading. Only adult-size chairs are available.The back seating area has twolarge, rectangular tables andadult-size chairs. The tables arepushed together. There is asmall round table with two chairsused mainly for the morning newsshow. There is a TV and VCR/DVD mounted to the wall forgroup viewing. There is no drop-down screen in the center.
There are four computers for student use in the media center. They are used mainly for AR testing. There are two printers at the computer tables. There is a computer lab with 20 computers in the front hallway for larger groups.
The fiction section is divided by ARlevels, with lower levels on the shorterbookshelves. There is space on the shelvesand the books are easy to browse. There aretwo rolling carts where books are placed forre-shelving. The taller bookshelves block theview of the back of the center. Book displaysare also on the short shelves.
The non-fiction section is categorized by the Dewey DecimalSystem. It is also coded with AR levels to encourage students to read non-fiction for AR testing. There is space on the shelves and the books are easy to browse.
The teacher resourcebooks are located onthe back wall near thefront seating area.
Resource books are located onthe shelves near the back wall in the middle of the center. There is a small, but varied Full collections of collection of audio books encyclopedias and picture available. There is also a smallencyclopedias are available for collection of periodicals. different learning levels.
At the middle of thecenter, special“favorite” collectionsare organized. Bookseries that arefrequently checked outhave been groupedtogether to createeasier student searches.
The Good: (teachers & The Bad: (teachers) students) “Not big enough to gather “Good teacher resources” classes in” “Nice selection of AR books “Not enough computers” and levels” “Too close to the gym” “Students can go independently to check “The hallway and entrance is out books” way too small and the students get too “ The librarian is very congested” helpful to teachers and students” “Library has to be closed due to lack of staff present” “Gets very crowded and loud during class changes”Teacher Survey via email Student survey via “question and answer”
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Buy SmartDraw !- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. The SLMS’ office is not The SLMS’ office is directly located near the behind the circulation desk circulation desk, but has and has large viewing window large viewing window Curricular materials have been The storage room is too placed in teacher resource crowded with curricular area shelves and are organized materials for teachers by standards/ grade levels
Buy SmartDraw !- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. The seating areas The seating areas are adequate for small and large groups of students. are not adequate The tables and chairs are grouped for group work and and sized appropriately for students, with smaller tables and consist only adult- chairs in easy fiction. sized tables and The large group area tables are chairs. height-adjustable for adult and student use
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Buy SmartDraw !- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. The teacher resource The teacher resource area area is located on the is located away from back wall near the student areas. There are front seating area. adult-sized tables located The student areas are located around the in the area for planning area. time.
Buy SmartDraw !- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. A larger shelf for periodicals and newspapers Small, private room for meetings with TV & DVD/VCR. Special collections and audio books moved to fiction shelves. Tape/CDplayers located at circulation desk for check-out. Rug, chairs, and TV/VCR/DVD located in alcove for story time with youngerstudents. Restroom is located in the media center. Large screen TV, computer, and pull-down screen for presentations.
There is a mix of tile and carpet in the original center. The new center layout will have all carpet with padding to lower acoustic problems of such a wide open space. The new center’s presentation area is away from windows. Lighting will bright and cheerful with some natural lighting. Outlets will be safe and plentiful. Clocks will be located over circulation desk, in computer area, and on back wall. The present media center has a television distribution system that allows programming to be played from the media center throughout the school through different channels. The morning news show is an important part of this, so it will be continued in the new center. The equipment will be housed in the storage area. It can be locked and secured. ADA guidelines will be followed in layout of the new center and the purchase of adaptive technologies. The hand-painted murals are a positive addition in the current center’s environment. Input from teachers, students, and parents will be taken, and new murals will be painted in and around the center. Book displays will also be plentiful and theme-related. The original center’s barcode check-in/out system allows for some independence once students are used to it. This will be continued in the new center.
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Student Policy: Teacher Policy:Students in grades 1-4 may Each teacher and staff have two books checked member has an individual out. Kindergarten students barcode, and all materials may have one book checked that leave the library must out. Students will be given be checked out. Teachers a barcode at the beginning will return materials of the year which is promptly to provide required for checking out opportunities for others to materials. If the student use them. Teachers may loses the barcode, a share materials at their replacement barcode may grade level; however, the be purchased for fifty person checking out the cents. Books are checked materials is responsible for out for two weeks. having them returned. Elcan-King Elementary Student Handbook/Teacher Handbook, August 2010
Allow the students with positive return history to check out more books, but still give a limit to students who have frequent losses.Allow for the loss of one barcode before charging for a new one. Do not give an excuse as to why they are not visiting the library!Continue to hold teachers liable for materials, but allow extra time to find materials. Send out picture description and title of book to the grade level of the teacher.
Library Overdue Notices will be sent periodically to inform parents/staff of any missing library books.Damaged books that are returned are charged for the amount of damage and students/ parents must pay to replace or repair the book.Lost books must be replaced and the student/ parent must send the amount of the cost of the books as indicated by the notice sent to the parent.Report cards will be held if students have overdue books, or if students owe fines for lost or damaged books. Elcan-King Elementary Student Handbook/Teacher Handbook, August 2010
A media committee that will consist of the School Library Media Specialist (chairman) and teacher representatives from each grade level, K-4 will be in place at the school level.The media committee will make decisions regarding materials, resources, technology, book fairs, volunteer recognition, etc. They will also carry out any system requirements that need to be met. Elcan-King Elementary Student Handbook/Teacher Handbook, August 2010
Overdue notices should only be sent to the student’s homeroom teacher and parent. Care should be taken with student records. Representative teachers should get input for the media center changes/ choices from fellow teachers on their grade level. All supportive staff members should be included the media committee since it affects their jobs.
According to the DCBOE Policy Handbook, the “media programs will adhere to the following guidelines:” Include “Information Access Skills”, “Instructional Equipment”, “Instructional Media”, “Instructional Resources”, “Media Center”, “Media Committee”, “Media Services”, and “Unified Media Programs” in each individual school media center. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
The media specialist shall The teacher shall have the have the responsibility: responsibility: to plan with the teacher for planning, instructing, to link information and evaluating all units of resources and study in which students opportunities for students and the media specialists to apply skills during are involved instruction to provide opportunities for the instructional staff to acquire, develop, and improve their information access skills and those of their students Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
Equipment items should retain original shape and appearance with use, are non-expendable, perform a mechanical or technical function, and normally have a life expectancy beyond two years Equipment, media, and resources will be reviewed annually by school personnel Media collections will be inventoried annually Worn or missing items are to be replaced periodically Out-of-date or no longer useful materials are to be withdrawn from the collection. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
1. Be courteous, but make The Media Committee will: no commitments. 1. Read and examine the2. Invite the complainant material. to file objection with the 2. Check the general National Council of acceptance of the Teachers of English so a material (reviews). formal complaint can be made to committee. 3. Weigh its faults and values against each3. Temporarily withdraw other and form opinions the material pending based on material as a committee decision. whole, not parts.4. Inform superintendent 4. Meet to discuss the and principal of the material and prepare a school. report on it. 5. Deliver copies of the report to the superintendent and the principal of the school. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
Each school media center shall be staffed according to Rule No. 160-5-1-22 (at least one certified Media Specialist). A plan for flexible schedule access for students and teachers in groups, or individuals, throughout the instructional day (8:00-3:20). Accessibility is based on instructional need. Cooperative planning is performed by SLMS and teachers to ensure use of media center resources/services and support on-going classroom instruction. Compliance with copyright law is followed and current copyright information is provided to staff. Quality instructional media is available in sufficient quantity and diversity to support curricula, instructional strategies, learning styles, and attainment of educational goals/objectives (Unified Media Program). Organization and management of all school- owned, instructional resources are maintained through the media program. Use necessary community resources to provide effective support to instruction. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
School System Media Committee Responsibilities:1. Recommend long and short range goals, budgeting priorities and operation, utilization and accessibility procedures for the media program.2. Develop a multi-year plan that shall be based on the extent of need reflected in school media plans, on budget and service priorities of the system and annual evaluation results for the system.3. Develop and recommend procedures for: functioning of system and school media committees; selecting instructional resources locally; handling requests for reconsideration of materials; considering gifts of instructional resources; using non-school owned materials; keeping collections organized and updated; complying with copyright law; and identifying education specifications for constructing and renovating media centers. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
The budget is based on FTE cost per student and use of the QBE formula. The amount reserved for the media center includes the media specialist salary and funds for materials. Gift materials are to be judged by basic selection standards, and are accepted or reflected by these standards. Multiple items or outstanding and much in demand media are to be purchased as needed. Sets of materials and materials acquired by subscription are to be examined carefully, and to be purchased only to fill a definite need. Book fairs and fundraisers are allowed for the media center. Requests are submitted to the superintendant. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
Students and parents sign an “Electronic Network User Agreement” document giving permission for the child to use the internet at school. The “Electronic Network Use Rules” document is sent home for parents to keep. If rules are not followed, the DCBOE states:“Failure to abide by district policy and administrative regulations governing use of the district’s system may result in the suspension and /or revocation of system access. Additionally, student violations may result in discipline up to and including expulsion. Staff violations may also result in discipline up to and including dismissal. Fees, fines, or other charges may also be imposed. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
Personally identifiable information will not be released by the school system from an educational record with out prior consent of the parent or eligible student except under certain circumstances. Those who educate and evaluate the student Enrollment in another school Educational audits by state or federal authorities Financial aid applications Compliance with state law, IRS, judicial orders, or lawfully issued subpoenas. Educational studies by educational institutions Accrediting institutions Health or safety emergencies Information designated as “directory information” for staff use (name, address, phone, etc)Notification will be made of disclosures. Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
“The BOE retains the right to charge students a reasonable fee for restitution of lost, damaged, or abused school system property, including text books, library books or media materials. Students shall be notifies in writing of any charges being assigned to them and that failure to pay those charges may result in sanctions such as withholding grade cards, diplomas, or certificates of progress until restitution is made. Opportunity shall be given for the students and/or parent to meet with the appropriate school officials to discuss any fines levied against the student.” Decatur County Board of Education Policy Handbook, January 2000
In order to better maintain the media program, I feel that there should be more written policies available for teachers, parents, and students. The media specialist should include her program’s policies on copyright laws, internet use in the media center, privacy of student records, gifts, and services. There are district policies, but simplified and personalized policies should be in place.
Have a wonderful,fulfilling day! Read abook, and get away!!Melissa S Brock