Euchee Creek ElementaryMedia Center Facilities Plan
Media Center Facilities Plan Emily HarnPSC/NCATE Assessment # 3 FRIT 7132 Dr. Green Spring 2011
Euchee Creek Elementary School Grovetown, Georgia
Mission StatementThe mission of the Euchee Creek MediaCenter is to support the philosophy, goals, andinstructional program of the school. Toachieve this mission, the media centerprovides intellectual and ideas on allappropriate levels of difficulty with a diversityof appeal and points of view.
School Profile• 375 students (Pre-K through Fifth Grade)• 1 principal• 1 assistant principal• 1 counselor• 1 speech therapist• 1 media specialist• 1 media assistant• 20 teachers• 13 paraprofessionals
Media Center Collection Accelerated Reader Quizzes -- over 100,000 (updated weekly) General Collection – 13,000 volumes Reference Books -- 562 volumes Vertical File -- Over 500 supplemental materials filed by subject: includes paperback books, Cobblestone and Kids Discover magazines, pamphlets, maps, and pictorials. Periodicals -- 9 professional journals and 14 children’s magazines Audio-Visual Software -- 893 videos, audio cassettes and CDs, filmstrips, etc. Teacher Resources -- 670 books and teaching materials Audio-visual and Computer Equipment -- 351 items plus 5 look-up workstations in media center (not counting classroom and lab computers)
Media Center LocationThe media center is located in the front of thebuilding next to the lunchroom.
Hallway Leading to the Media CenterThere are two bulletin boards promoting reading on the wallsleading up to the media center.One of them promotes reading by displaying children’s books.The other promotes the Accelerated Reader program.
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Circulation DeskThe circulation desk is centrally located in themedia center.The media specialist is able to see all areas ofthe media center from her desk.
Story Time Area Bright and cheerful Decorated with stuffed animals and kid friendly props Rocking chair and a book display Bulletin board with Georgia Storybook Nominees and Media Center Expectations Big, colorful rug for students to sit on
Seating AreasThe main seating areaconsists of nine round tableswith four child chairs at eachtable.There is a drop downscreen near the tables thatcan be used for lessons.There is a television visibleto the seating areas.There is also a largeconference table with tenchairs in the back of themedia center that is used forteacher collaboration.
Computer AreasThere is a computer lab connected to the media centerwith 26 wireless computers. Teachers sign up to bringtheir whole class into the lab for one hour increments.There is also a smaller computer area located in themiddle of the media center. It has six computerssurrounding a table. Students can use these computersto take AR tests, search for books, and do research.
Work and Storage AreasMedia Production Room- Stores equipment used for the dailymorning showStores teacher resources such as a paper cutter, videoequipment, Ellison Dye machine and cuts, and learning videos
Work and Storage Areas Teacher Workroom contains: laminator paint markers pencils crayons sink games decorations teacher resource books Teachers are able to use the workroom during their planning period or before and after school.
BookshelvesThere are 13,000 books in theEuchee Creek Library.The fiction books are in thebookshelves in the center of thelibrary .The non-fiction bookshelves linethe walls of the library.Student work is displayed on topof the bookshelves.The picture books are stored inthe bookshelves surrounding theStory Time Area.
Comfy Reading Area and Vertical File The comfy reading area consists of a colorful rug and foursoft bean bag chairs. The students are allowed to pick abook and read quietly in the area.The vertical file is a unique part of the media center. It wasstarted by the first media specialist at the school. It containsa variety of resources organized by subject matter.
Positive Survey Results All teachers surveyed listed the computer lab as the best feature in the media center. Words that were used in the survey to describe the library were fun, inviting, and very organized. The teachers also enjoy all the resources available to them and the Teacher Workroom. The students surveyed also listed the computer lab as their favorite feature in the media center. The students also enjoy the morning news segment. The students love story time with the media specialist and the comfy reading area. Several students like being able to take AR tests in the library as well as their names being displayed when they do well.
Negative Survey Results Teachers and students both expressed a desire to have the fiction collection updated. The students would like to have a larger comfy reading area. The teachers think that there are too many smaller tables and would like to see them replaced with larger tables to de-clutter the area and allow more room for the students to walk around. The media specialist would like an area where the students could sit while she reads to them. She says that when they gather in front of her while she reads, they tend to be too crowded together. Both the media specialist and teachers also think that the media center could use brighter lights, the current lights are dull. Most every teacher would like to see a SMART Board in the media center so that they could teach lessons in there. It could also be used for faculty meetings.
Improvements Problem: Teachers and students feel like the fiction books need to be updated Solution: Proceeds raised from the school store will be used to purchase new fiction books
Improvements Problem: Comfy reading area is too small Solution: Add a larger rug, more pillows, and expand the area 109" x 132" Rectangle Rug for $699.9 at www.kidcarpet.com Eight 36 inch square floor cushions for $639.92 at www.my-pillow-place.com
Improvements Problem: Too many small tables which causes the seating area to look crowded Solution: Replace the nine small tables with five larger tables that will seat six students per table Five Rectangular Hardwood Tables for $105 each at Thirty www.csnsupply.com Ladderback chairs for $129.99 each at www.csnsupply.com
Improvements Problem: When the students gather in front of the media specialist while she reads to them in the story time area, they tend to be too crowded together Solution: Add a large reading terrace where the children can gather during story time Gressco KinderSystem® Large Reading Terrace, 14 Shelves, 57"H x 114"W x 65"D for $6,570 at www.highsmith.com
Improvements Problem: Dull lighting in the media center Solution: Install recessed lighting throughout the library ceilingFifty 6" Air Tight Fluorescent 13 Fifty 6" Baffle Trim - Reflectorwatt IC Fluorescent Housing for Cone for $10.65 each at$37.96 each at www.usalight.com www.usalight.com
Improvements Problem: Even though every classroom has a SMART Board, the media center does not have one Solution: Install a SMART Board by the seating area The CPD10FX77GIIARM Hitachi short throw "Stimulus" bundle series includes the CP-D10 LCD projector, FX-77GII StarBoard, and Premier wall arm mount for $6499 at www.touchboards.com SMART SBX885ix
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Media Center Policies Euchee Creek Library does not have a separate media center handbook. It adheres to the Columbia County policies. I agree with all of the policies, therefore I would not make any changes.Key: White print-Columbia County’s policy Yellow Print- Euchee Creek’s interpretation of the policy
Media Center PoliciesA. AccessibilityLocal Board of Education policies and accreditation standards dictate that accessibility of the media center be provided for both individual students and groups simultaneously throughout the instructional day during each day of the school year. (Georgia Accrediting Standards, Educational Practices Reference Guide, 2010 AdvancED,formerly SACS).The school library media specialist organizes and facilitates a physical environment designed specifically to meet the learning and information needs of students, teachers, and others with a variety of educational and informational resources that provide access to information both within the school and in the local, regional, and global communities.Euchee Creek’s Library Hours are 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m, 180 days a year. The media specialist uses the Media Center Passes system which is:Student passes are designed to help keep students on task so that classroom instructional time is not wasted. The following individual student passes are used for visits to the Media Center. Whenever a student comes to the media center without an adult, he should have his yellow library card with him for safety/identification procedures, as well as for checkout.School Store (green) 5 minutes -- 8:00-8:25 a.m. / Limited to one visit per week. Free Reading (blue) 15-20 minutes -- For enrichment including individual reading or hands-on activities. Accelerated Reader Quiz (red) 5-10 minutes. Checkout (orange) 5-10 minutes.Special Needs (white -- hand written by teacher) -- Group of students working together -- Internet use -- Student without identification (yellow library card)
Media Center PoliciesC. Scheduling & Collaborative Planning1. The media specialist is responsible for the management of space, equipment,resources, and supplies for all library media programs and services.Reference: Information Power, Building Partnerships for Learning, AmericanAssociation of School Librarians, 1998.2. Flexible access to the library media programs and services shall be maintainedas stated in State Rule 160-4-4-.01 Media Programs - a plan for flexiblyscheduled media center access for students and teachers in groups or asindividuals simultaneously throughout each instructional day. Accessibility shallrefer to the facility, the staff, and the resources and shall be based oninstructional need.3. Collaboration shall include joint planning by media specialist and teachers toensure that the use of media center resources and services support on-goingclassroom instruction and implementation of the state-adopted curriculum.Scheduling and Collaboration: Each class will have a 15 minute check-out time. Media specialist will collaborate with the classroom teacher to promote authentic learning of media skills and information literacy as well as incorporating technology correctly to promote creative thinking. The students will also have a 45 minute "specials" time every 18 day rotation.
Media Center PoliciesCriteria for Selection of Instructional MediaThe following criteria shall be used as they apply:Instructional media shall support and be consistent with the general educational goalsof the state and the district and the aims and objectives of individual schools andspecific courses.Instructional media shall be chosen to enrich and support the curriculum and thepersonal needs of users.Instructional media shall meet high standards in:• Artistic quality and/or literary style• Authenticity• Educational significance• Factual content• Physical format• Presentation• 24• Readability• Technical quality
Media Center PoliciesSelection ProcessThe media center collection consists of a variety of materials that are selected to support the school’s curriculum and enrich the lives of our children. The following review sources are among those used by the media specialist on a continuing basis throughout the selection process: - School Library Journal and other professional journals - Awards: Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, Georgia Childrens Picture Storybook Award, and Georgia Childrens Book Award - Recommendations from teachers and students - Publishers’ lists of recommended titles - Preview of materials supplied by reputable vendors
Media Center PoliciesCirculation Policy 3 books per student (1 book for kindergarten until second semester) Two week checkout period with 3 renewals -- no overdue fines. Damage fees or replacement costs charged for damaged or lost books. $1.00 charge for lost or damaged library card. Circulation limits are designed to help students handle their responsibilities with success. Lower grade levels may begin with one book and increase the number as children gain maturity. Most parents seem to appreciate this safeguard which helps reduce the problem of lost books. These general policies may be modified to meet specific student needs, usually at the request of the teacher.