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  1. 1. Tattnall County High School Library Services Overview SERVICES: The TCHS Media Center is working toward becoming a 21st century learning commons. We strive to meet the needs of the students through collaborative efforts with the stakeholders. Reading and information skills play an important part in this endeavor. The media center is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as, community members. As an information partner, the media specialist collaborates with teachers to develop assignments matched to various standards that include critical thinking/technology/information literacy/core social skills. The information partner role includes instructional design by working with teachers and implementing assessment strategies throughout the learning process (AASL, 2009, p.17). As an information specialist, the media specialist provides technology assistance and training with web 2.0 tools that enhance the learning process. The information specialist role assumes the responsibility of fair use and copyright guidelines and keeps patrons abreast of ethical and equitable access (p.17). As a teacher, the media specialist promotes reading for understanding and pleasure. The media specialist also provides assistance with resource location/research projects through information access in all formats. Current reading materials are available in all formats for patron use and interests (p.18). As a program administrator, the media specialist maintains a media committee from all areas of the learning community. This committee collaborates on the mission, policies, strategic plan among others that contribute to the success of the media program (p.18). As a leader, the media specialist asks and receives input from all members of the learning community through surveys, formal and informal assessments, etc. She attends professional conferences/collaboratives to stay abreast of opportunities and challenges facing the media program (p.17). Various services are provided for the special needs populations as well. ESL students are provided access to Rosetta Stone and Spanish resource at different times during the day. Special needs students check out books on a daily basis. Wheelchair accessibility is offered through higher tables. If a teacher wishes to have a poster printed and laminated, the teacher emails the copy to the media specialist. The media specialist prints and laminates on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a rule. Teachers and students are allowed to use the workroom attached to the media center. This area houses the Ellison machine, copier, bulletin board paper, and various arts and crafts items. Students are not allowed to use the copier but have free access to the other resources.
  2. 2. CIRCULATION POLICY: Students: Students may visit the media center throughout the school day to check out materials. Students are given a reading incentive from the start by allowing them to check out five books at one time for a two week period. Students can renew books for an additional two weeks. The students can renew the books at the end of the two week period for additional time. Overdue fines are five cents per day for a maximum of $3.00. If a book is damaged, a fine for the worth of the book will be charged. The student will not be allowed to check out more than one book at a time until the fine is paid. At end of each nine weeks, fees are exported into PowerSchool and printed on report cards as a debt. Seniors must pay all debts before they can receive a diploma. Transcripts will not be release for any student until all debts are paid. Students are not allowed to check out laptops. Cameras, mp3 players, video cameras, and other technology are available for teachers to use with students in an instructional setting. TCHS does not have E readers or Ebooks at this time. We do not have a school or county BYOD policy. There is a cell phone policy, however, which states that students can not use them during the instructional day. Teachers Teachers may check out any resource for an unlimited time. Teachers are asked to be considerate of colleagues when utilizing a resource for long periods of time. Media resources are available to enhance and extend classroom objectives and CCSS (Vickers, 2013). Most teachers use their SmartBoards to present media. TVs are available for check out in the media center. The school has a no movie policy which states that teachers can not show an entire movie as part of a lesson. Because of this, we do not keep many videos/DVDs in the media center. Video forms must be completed and approved by the media specialist and administrator for all outside media resources. Parents and Community members We currently do not allow these stakeholders to check out items from the media center. However, they are welcome to visit and use the resources during the school day.
  3. 3. ACCESSIBILITY: The media center is officially open at 7:45am until 3:45pm for teachers. Students may use the media center any time during the instructional day. Students are to sign in when visiting the media center during a class period and must have a pass to be excused from class. Students do not sign in during break or lunch and can play games, listen to music, check email freely, or just collaborate with other students. Teachers must sign up in advance to bring their entire class to use the computers in the media center. Computers Students have access to the following: OPAC software for material search, all applications in the application launcher, and Internet access (Vickers, 2013). These resources are always available to students. Students have a unique Novell Log in. User names are their graduation year then first name and last name. Passwords are the first initial then last initial and last 4 numbers of their SSN. We currently do not provide access to these resources virtually. Reservations The Media Center lab, which has 30 computers, is open for reservations from all departments for use during the school day. Teachers are required to supervise students while in the lab. The 16 mobile laptop and 4 Chromebook labs are divided by department. The labs should be returned at the end of the day so that the media specialist can make sure the labs are ready for the next day. Teachers must sign up in the Novell Lesson Plans folder under Reservations. SCHEDULING: It is vital that the library program continue to be an extension of the classroom and function with a flexible schedule. Flexible scheduling must be maintained to allow patrons to use information sources, read for pleasure, and meet/work with others. Classes cannot be scheduled in the library media center to provide teacher release or preparation time (Slater, 2013). COOPERATIVE PLANNING: Cooperative planning is important to the success of the educational program. Therefore, the media specialist communicates with department heads on a monthly basis. The goal of
  4. 4. cooperative planning is to plan/coteach at least one lesson per teacher per year. Information literacy skills and technology integration being the goal of these lessons (Slater, 2013). ASSESSMENT: Physically, the TCHS Media Center is working toward the goal of becoming a 21st century learning commons area. We are integrating technologies in the classrooms as well as the library. The media specialist and teachers are using more Web 2.0 tools to reach outside of the four walls of the classroom. The media center currently has small and large group settings, technology stations, adequate access to resources during school hours. Virtually, however, we fall too short. We do not have a virtual presence so students cannot access OPAC/Galileo/etc from home. We have not branched out in the Ebooks/readers yet and have no BYOT policy to speak of. We must review this aspect of our center more in depth to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.
  5. 5. References American Association of School Librarians. (2009). Empowering learners. Chicago: American Library Association Morris, L. (n.d.). Strategic Management Plan: Part Two. morrisstrategicmanagementplan [licensed for non-commercial use only] /. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from Slater, S. (n.d.). SMP Part 2. Sandy Slater Media Specialist Program [licensed for non- commercial use only] /. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from Smith, D. T. (n.d.). School News. Glennville Middle School. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from Media Center Handbook Vickers, A. (n.d.). School Library Services Overview. avickersfrit7331smp [licensed for non- commercial use only] /. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from