Atlanta Heights Charter School Media Center Facilities Plan “Challenging Each Child to Achieve” Mandy Fueston Frit 7132 Fall, 2011
AHCS Media Center ProfileServes approximately 570 students, Kindergartenthrough sixth gradesServes 40 faculty membersOne full-time Library Technology Specialist
Media Center LocationThe media center is centrally located on the mainhallwayThe media center is connected to the computer lab
Entry WayThe main door of the media center is located in themain hallway. To the left side of the door is a bigwindow.
Library Technology Specialist’s Desk/Circulation DeskThe circulationdesk alsoserves as mydesk. I have adesktopcomputer thatI use to checkout books butalso for othergeneral uses.
The Reading AreaThis is thearea where I The picture below is of thehave reading spot with foam mats Istudents place on the floor to keep themeet on the kindergarteners in their places.floor. I usethe easel towrite my “Ican “statementsbut also towrite notes.
The StacksYou can see the This is the small referencefiction, non- section along with thefiction, and classroom sets of books andeverybody other teacher materials.books in thispicture This is the young adult section
Seating This is the only seating that is available to students other than to sit on the floor or the green bench. I use the tables for center work or having the students read independently,
StorageThere are two places in the media center for storage.One is in the library and the other is in the computer lab.The computer lab storage cabinet is for AVmaterials, whereas the storage cabinet is for librarysupplies, bulletin board supplies, and school supplies.
Computer LabThe computer lab is home to 30 computers. Theteachers may check out the computer lab during certaintimes during the day. Computer instruction takes placedaily through the workshop style of teaching in themedia center.
Achievement Board Every month I am responsible for creating an achievement board to feature student work that has made a 3.0 or higher . The board is located in the main hallway in between the entrance between the media center and computer lab.
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Survey CommentsA third grader requested that we have “fun places” toread like a “bean bag” chair.A few of the teachers (across multiple grade levels)expressed an interest in having more computer labsign out timesA fifth grade student requested more “39 Clues”books, whereas a fourth grade student wanted moremysteries on the shelves.
Survey Results76% of faculty and students believe that the mediacenter needs to be more inviting65% of faculty and students surveyed believe we needto have more reference materials53% of faculty of student surveyed want moreperiodicals62% of faculty and students want more seating forreading
Media Center ImprovementsMore inviting “reading spot” Rectangle 13’x8’ $549.99 Demco.com Rocking Chair $205 Schooloutfitters.com
• Media Center ImprovementsNot enough seating for readingSome options include: 4 Bean Bag Chairs $ 38.77/piece 3 High Back Bean Bag 5 Square Floor Pillows Classroomdirect.com Chair $49 $59.99 Classroomdirect.com Demco.com
Media Center ImprovementsOrganize Teacher/Professional ReferenceThere needs to be more room to organize materials so adding 2more shelves under the window should give enough space fororganization. 2 Shelves 48” high $414 Demco.com
Media Center ImprovementsStudents can look on each other’s computers whiletaking AR testsSolution is to have computer carrels 3 Computer carrels $144.99 for starter and $119 for additional. Demco.com
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Current National Heritage Academies Media Center Policy At National Heritage Academies, we do not have a formal policy where everything is centrally located. Thus, Atlanta Heights does not have a policy either. There are, however, different policies relating to book selection, student use, and reconsideration of library materials through NHA.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyMission StatementThe mission of the library media program at NationalHeritage Academies is to provide students and educatorsequitable access to information, ideas, learning, andteaching tools. The library media centers at NationalHeritage Academies are a growing resource of informationfor students and staff. Resources include books, periodicals,videos, teacher materials, posters, online references,projection systems, digital cameras, and other technology forcirculation purposes. Our collections are developed tosupport the curriculum and provide students with qualityliterature.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyStudents It is a privilege to use the media center and proper behavior is expected, therefore if students cannot follow rules and have proper behavior their media center privilege may be suspended Students in K-6th grade will visit the media center once a week as a class. Students in 7th and 8th grades will use their flexible schedule arranged by the teacher and LTS Students will receive library instruction, instruction to enhance what they are learning in class, and have literacy promoted. Students will be allowed to check out library materials at no longer than one week at a time. Students may renew library materials for one week at a time. Reference materials may only be used in the media center At this time there is no library fine for over-due books, however, students will not be allowed to check out another book until those over-due materials are returned Students and their parents are responsible for lost or damaged books. Students may not check out books until their accounts become current.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyMission StatementThe Kennedy Elementary Library provides an environmentthat encourages intellectual curiosity and personalenjoyment reading. The library offers a rich variety of printand electronic resources necessary to enrich and supporteducational programs and the certified library mediaspecialist works collaboratively to provide the servicesnecessary to satisfy the evolving informational andrecreational needs of the students, faculty, and staff.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicySelection:STATEMENT OF POLICYThe policy of the school is to provide a wide range of library materials on all levels ofdifficulty, with diversity of appeal, and that offer the presentation of different points ofview. The policy also allows for the review of allegedly inappropriate resources throughestablished procedures.GOALS FOR SELECTION To provide materials that will enrich and support the curricula and personal needs of the users, taking into consideration their varied interests, abilities and learning styles. To provide a background of information which will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives. To provide materials with varying points of view on current and historical issues so that users may develop the skills of critical analysis. To place materials which realistically represent our society and reflect the contributions made by individuals to our American heritage. To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to ensure a comprehensive library media collection appropriate for the users.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyProcedure for Selection: The certificated library media teacher or, if none is available, the principal, shall use recognized selection tools and processes in selecting library materials. Recommendations for purchase shall be solicited from teachers and students. Gift and sponsored materials shall be judged by the criteria in the Selection Policy and shall be accepted or rejected by these criteria. Selection is an ongoing process that shall include the removal of resources no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn resources that may still be of educational value.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyCopyright Compliance: NHA recognizes that federal law makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempt purposes. Severe penalties may be imposed for unauthorized copying or use of audio visual or printed materials and computer software, unless the copying or use conforms to the "fair use" doctrine. Under the "fair use" doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is allowed for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research as long as four standards are met: § The use must be for such purposes as teaching and must be nonprofit. § You may make single copies of the following for use in research, instruction or preparation for teaching: book chapters; articles from periodicals or newspapers; short stories, essays or poems; and charts, graphs, diagrams, drawings, cartoons or pictures from books, periodicals, or newspapers. § In most circumstances, copying the whole of a work is not considered fair use; copying a small portion may be if these guidelines are followed. § If resulting economic loss to the copyright holder can be shown, even making a single copy of certain materials may be an infringement, and making multiple copies presents the danger of greater penalties. While NHA encourages its staff to enrich learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials, it is your responsibility to abide by NHAs copying procedures and obey the requirements of the law. In no circumstances will it be necessary for staff to violate copyright requirements to perform their duties properly. Any staff member who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with NHAs procedures or is permissible under the law should contact their school’s Library/Technology Specialist, Principal or Manager. Assistance in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected material when such authorization is required can be provided.
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyReconsideration of Library Materials: Most complaints need to be in writing, identifying the specific content that is objected to and identifying the person making the complaint. Often a form has been developed that includes the following: Name, address, phone number, and status (parent, staff) of the person making the complaint. Description of the specific portions of the work which are thought to be objectionable. An indication of what is being requested: removal of the material, limitations on access, or restriction to certain grades or classes?The Process for Reconsideration is: Informal – After the complaint is received, there may be an informal process to hear the complaint and explain the district’s policies and procedures for selection. Formal – If the person wishes to file a formal complaint, they will be given a “Request for Reconsideration” form . They will be advised to complete the form and return it to the librarian or principal. Committee – The library committee conducts a review of the work, listens to the concerns of the person filing the complaint, and conducts any additional research needed.While the book is being reconsidered, it may remain on the shelf and available for check-out
National Heritage Academies Media Center PolicyInternet Use PolicyThe use of the internet should support the curriculum.Use of the internet will be consistent with NationalHeritage Academies’ mission.