Trinity Chapel Academy4665 Macland RoadPowder Springs, Georgia 30127 Whitney Sanders Frit 7132 Media Facilities Plan
Trinity Chapel Academy About TCA As a private Christian school we are dedicated to raising the standard of excellence in education. We provide opportunities that will produce well-rounded individuals who possess a sound basic education, a feeling of self-worth and a formula for success that will in turn, produce spiritually strong, productive citizens for our ever-changing society. At TCA we believe that each child is created by God with a specific role in His kingdom. We are committed to educating the whole child…mind, body and spirit.
Trinity Chapel Academy About TCA Continued In September of 1998 the dream became a reality when the first students of Trinity Chapel Academy were welcomed . TCA is located in Cobb County and attached to Trinity Chapel Church of God. In the 2010-2011 school year we now have grades kindergarten - 12th grade. We have an enrollment of 280 and plenty of extra curricular activities for students. TCA has 30 certified staff members and 9 paraprofessionals. The majority of our enrollment comes from middle to upper class families/homes. One full time media specialist.
Media center mission The mission of Trinity Chapel Academy Media Center is to provide an atmosphere that enhances the curricular standards of our school. Through this we strive to collaborate with the staff and faculty to support the learning environment of our students. Our goal is to offer opportunities, technology, resources, and knowledge that will encourage our students to excel to their greatest potential.
Trinity Chapel Academy Building This is the front of the school building. There is a covered bridge that connects the elementary and middle school building with the high school building.
Media Center Location TCA media center is located on the bottom level of the building. It is closest to our elementary classrooms. This picture is the front of the media center.
Media Center Location Walking into the media center you see the circulation desk and the reference section to the right of the desk.
Circulation Desk This is the circulation desk. The Hawaiian/beach theme is helped with the hula skirt attached around the desk. Behind the desk there are several cabinets and drawers for storage.
COMPUTERS There are a total of 4 computers. However, they are not all in the same area. Three computers are located on the back wall and the 4th computer is a stand alone computer on the side wall.
REFERENCE This is the reference section of the library. I would like to expand this section to include more resources and titles. There is also a small round table located next to the desk for small group work.
EVERYBODY FICTION/NON-FICTION The everybody section is located in the middle of the media center. The whole group area for class lessons is in the middle of this section. This is the other side of the everybody fiction section. The black cart is used for students to place books when they do not know where they go.
Non-Fiction The non-fiction section is located on the side wall of the Media Center.
Teacher Resources We have a teacher resource room where our TV’s are stored, along with our laminator, die cut, and construction paper. This room is not connected to the media center. It is also not ran by media specialists.
Sitting Area/group reading area This area is located between the everybody book section.
Work spaces There are a total of 4 tables in the library for students to work. There are two round tables and 2 rectangle tables. There are very close since there is not a lot of room in the media center. There is enough seating for 25 students.
Survey Students and staff were asked to give feedback about the media center. They were asked to give positive and negative aspects and what they would like to change. The following are some of their comments.
Positive Survey We can check out 2 books this year! I like Ms. Sanders. I like when we read a book at the beginning of media center time. I like the computers that we can use to find books.
Having the ability to come in and quickly find what we need and get checked out.
FACILITY USE Check in/out books Small/large group areas Reading areas Computers Special Programs~ We have Scholastic Book Fair twice a year. During this week we have family night for parents to come and buy books with their students. Guest Readers Student/Teacher research
Library media specialists and teachers shall plan collaboratively to ensure use of library media resources and services which support classroom instruction. To ensure opportunities for students to develop information access skills:
a. The library media specialist shall have the primary responsibility for planning with the teacher to link information resources and for recommending opportunities for students to apply these skills during instruction.
b. The library media specialist shall have the responsibility for providing opportunities for instructional staff to acquire, develop and improve their own information access skills and those of their own students.
c. The classroom teacher shall have the primary responsibility for planning, instructing and evaluating all units of study in which students and library media specialists are involved.
Planning for Instruction Continued a. The library media specialist shall have the primary responsibility for planning with the teacher to link information resources and for recommending opportunities for students to apply these skills during instruction. Change: To do this the media specialist will meet with teachers from each grade level. During this meeting they will discuss what concepts the teacher is working on and how the media specialist can help. For example, third grade is working on a habitat program. The media specialist will help the students check out books that will help them learn more about their animal and habitat. Change: A change to this policy is to not make it the main concern of the media specialist to collaborate with teachers. Teachers, as well, need to be held accountable to collaborate with the media specialist. This will ensure their students are getting an outstanding education. The policy could also enforce ways of collaboration such as a monthly meetings with each grade level as well as meeting with administration to show how collaboration is happening and what is happening in the media center. policies
Policies~~ Accessibility of Facilities and Resources a. The library media center shall be available for student and teacher use throughout each instructional day of the school year. Flexible scheduling should make resources available at the point and time of need. b. Parents/guardians wishing to review instructional materials should make an appointment with the Principal or designee in order not to interrupt the instructional program of the school. c. Provision shall be made for access to library media resources to support instruction in any Georgia Board of Education-approved course when offered outside the instructional day. d. The library media specialist shall facilitate the use of information sources outside the school which are available through cooperating agencies.
Our media center is opened from 7:30-3:15, 5 days a week. We work on a flexibly scheduling so that we can accommodate all students and staff.
Policies~~Organization of Materials and Equipment
a. All school owned print and non-print instructional materials and equipment except basic textbooks, items purchased with categorical funds and items useful only in one specific instructional content area shall be organized and made available through the library media center.
b. Materials shall be organized based on nationally recognized systems and designs for school media centers.
c. Equipment shall be organized so as to provide accurate circulation, maintenance and inventory records.
Changes: The library should be organized as the media specialist sees fit. They should use their expertise and the likes/dislikes of students. A statement should be added so that not all books have to be organized based on nationally recognized systems.
Kindergarten student are allowed to check out one book. They are not allowed to check out their book until later in the school year when they have learned how to treat and use a book.
1st grade students are allowed to check out one picture book at a time.
2nd- - high school students are allowed two books at a time. They are encourage to get one picture book and one chapter book but it is not required.
Exceptions are made for middle and high school student if they need a certain book for class.
Students are not fined for overdue books but it is highly encourages to return or re-new their book.
Students will be fined at the end of the year for lost and/or damaged books.
Policies~~ Copyright a. Adherence to fair use guidelines and other relevant copyright stipulations shall be assured. In no instance shall library media materials and/or equipment be used in such a manner as to violate Board Policy, District Administrative Rules or state and federal law. b. The library media specialist shall be responsible for ensuring the availability of copyright information, dealing with copyright and clearance questions to their school.
Policies~~Responsibilities and Criteria for Selection:
Selection of library media materials by a process of competent evaluation is the responsibility of qualified personnel at the District and school level. The school and District Library Media Committees may serve in an advisory capacity for the selection of library media materials. The Library Media Committee, whether District or school, shall consider the following criteria before making recommendations for purchase:
a. The District’s philosophy, curriculum and objectives; b. Teaching strategies encouraged by the District; c. Nature of the school population to be served; d. Existing collection
e. Budget priorities. Changes: The policy needs to state who the committee consists of. f. Technology Items:
In addition to the above criteria, computer software programs and Internet delivered resources with access fees should be tested for compatibility with existing computer equipment and network systems as part of the selection process.
Changes: This policy needs to state that the technology committee/staff will help with the computer software programs.
Original Facility Plan Non-fiction Non-fiction Shelves go from 2 feet from the ceiling to the floor. Reference/Fiction Everybody Everybody Circulation desk Whole Group Area storage Everybody Storage top and bottom
New Facility Plan Teacher Resource/ Work room Media Office Everybody Shelving goes 2 feet from the ceiling to the floor. Teacher resources Circulation desk Whole group Periodicals Small group tables Non- fiction Reference/ fiction
Modifications Concern: Not enough book shelves. The new layout now has enough shelving for many more books and resources. Wood finish Pricing: $63.00-$1,169.00
Modifications • Concern: No Windows The new media center now has windows so that students can enjoy sunlight while reading and working. • Concern: The circulation desk needs more room and a place to return books. The new media center has an L shaped desk. This desk allows plenty of room for the students and media specialists to use. The circulation desk now has a book return slot. Pricing- $ 1, 314.99
Modifications Concern: More computers which will allow more use of technology. Having more computers will allow students access to more technology. This would also be a great opportunity for a school to gain access to educational programs such as AR or Study Island. Also having them in one central location will allow a media specialist the ability to monitor and help students as needed. I would also include a projector for the media specialists use. Pricing tables: $369.99 Computer: $300-$400 Projector: $ 330.00
Modifications Concern: Teacher Work room • The new media center has a teacher workroom where teachers can check out resources such as televisions, manipulative, use copiers, die cut, etc. Having this will allow media specialist a better opportunity to be sure the resources stayed organized and are checked out appropriately. This will allow more opportunities for teaches to collaborate and for the media specialist to help teachers and collaborate with them as well. T.V Pricing: $420.00 Pricing $114.00 including headphones T.V. Cart Pricing: $599.99
Modifications Pillows and brighter rugs The new media center will have brighter rugs and comfortable pillows/chairs for student to use. This will cause a warmer feel to the library where students can relax and read. Bean bag Pricing: $22.99-30.99 Carpet Pricing: $269.99 Chair Pricing: $159.99
Modifications Concern: No periodicals The old media center does not offer periodicals for students. The new media center will offer periodicals and bookshelves for them. Concern: Office Space •The new media center now has an office for media specialists. This will allow the media specialist a place to collaborate with teachers and plan their own group lessons. This will be beneficial in that the media specialist will not have to use the circulation desk for planning. Subscription Pricing:$19.95 Wood Desk Pricing: $309.99
Modifications The flooring of the media center will be carpet. The colors will be neutral and calming. The color pallet will consist of yellows, blues, and greens. The theme for the media center will be jungle and jungle animals. Paintings of animals and trees will add to the media center theme and will be inviting for students. Stuffed animals will also be place around to add to the theme. Pricing: $19.99- 200.00 Murals and animals
Modifications In looking at the information learned this semester from, Planning and Consideration for Library Media Center Facilities, these are the aspects I kept in mind when creating my new media center facility. Flexibility—Spaces may have to serve multiple functions as square footage is at a premium. With flexibility I considered the future. I wanted to be sure I had room to grow. I do not want to confine myself to a certain area and not have enough room in the future. I also put my seating in the middle of the library so if needed it could be moved for large group events. Technology—Prepare for the day of one-to-one computer access for students. I included more computers in the media center so students have access to more technology use. I also included a projector for the media specialist to use when teaching whole group lessons. oLighting—Natural lighting is still optimal for LMCs. I added a window for some natural sunlight. I only added one so that there was not too much light coming in for when the projector and computers were being used. I would also include blinds so that the sunlight could be blocked out if needed. oLines of Sight— o To ensure the media specialist can see each student in the media center I placed the circulation desk in a central location. I also was sure to not put any items that would block the view from the desk. This will give the media specialist a view of each student in the media center as well as students coming in and out. Students and Staff- I created my facility so that it would accommodate individual, small-group, and whole-group assignments. Along with this I created a teacher are of the media center. This will be beneficial in supporting teacher curriculum and in helping collaboration with teachers and administration.