Tattnall County High School Library Services Overview
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Teachers must sign up in the Novell Lesson Plans folder under Reservations.
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 is important to the success of the educational program. Therefore, the
media specialist communicates with department heads on a monthly basis. The goal of
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).
Physically, the TCHS Media Center is working toward the goal of becoming a 21st
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
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