Hopkins Elementary MediaHopkins Elementary MediaCenterCenterMission StatementThe Hopkins Elementary Media Center strives to produceconfident and competent users of information andtechnology, promote a lifelong love of reading, and assistmembers of the learning community in achievingcurriculum goals.
Must Know Facts about theMust Know Facts about theMustangsMustangs• Serves students K-5, general and special ed• Population: 1,846 (the largest elementary school in thestate)• Title I School (94% free and reduced lunch)• Over 1/3 of the population served in ESOL services• 10% of student population served in Special Education• 90+ homerooms• 200+ staff schoolwide• Located in Lilburn, GA in Gwinnett County• We are part of the Gwinnett County Public School System
Media Mustang FactsMedia Mustang Facts• Media Center is staffed by 1 full time media specialist and2 full time media clerks• Houses a collection of more than 10,000 books and 200+media titles (DVDs, VHS tapes, books on tape)• Houses titles for teacher professional learning• Circulation from last school year: 73, 610• There is an average of 5 books per student• K-1 may check out 1 book each time, 2-5 may check outtwo at a time.
Media Center LocationMedia Center LocationThe media center is located on themain floor of the building. As youcome through the front doors of theschool, to the right you will see themain office and just past that, acrossthe hall to the left is the the mainentrance to the media center.Two additional entrances are locatedjust opposite the main doors (on theopposite side of the main level of thebuilding) and across the hall from thecafeteria (although the other twoentrances are preferable).Pictured above: the main entrance to the mediacenter
Current LayoutCurrent LayoutBlueprint made at www.gliffy.com
Large group areaLarge group areaFrom the main entrance, tothe left View from another angle
Nonfiction SectionNonfiction SectionView from large group areaView from in front of thecirculation desk
Reference Section/Sitting AreaReference Section/Sitting AreaView from reference sectionwall View from Nonfiction section
Computer LabComputer LabView is from sitting area/reference section
Fiction SectionFiction SectionBehind the photographer is the Broadcast RoomTo the right is the right side entrance to the Media Center
Broadcast RoomBroadcast Room(back right corner of the media center)(back right corner of the media center)View from the anchor’s desk View from the cameras
Storage room/Server roomStorage room/Server room(next door to Broadcast Room)(next door to Broadcast Room)View from right side door View from left side door
Media Specialist’s officeMedia Specialist’s office(right behind the circulation desk)(right behind the circulation desk)
Behind the circulation deskBehind the circulation desk(at the doorway of the media specialist’s office)(at the doorway of the media specialist’s office)
Two views of the circulationTwo views of the circulationdeskdesk(the windows go to the media specialist’s office)(the windows go to the media specialist’s office)Photo taken from theEverybody SectionPhoto taken from theNonfiction Section
Everybody Section (Fiction andEverybody Section (Fiction andNonfiction)Nonfiction)This section is to the right when the main entrance is used.
Teacher Resource RoomTeacher Resource Room(far left corner of the media center beside the media(far left corner of the media center beside the mediaspecialist’s office)specialist’s office)
Views from two other entrancesViews from two other entrancesCafeteria hallway entrance view (Grouparea right, nonfiction on the left)Right side main floor entrance (directlyopposite the main entrance)
Survey Says…Survey Says…• Below are the questions asked to faculty and staff. There were a total of 48responses.• How would you rate our media center layout currently?• If you could change one thing about the current media center layout it wouldbe…• The thing I like best about our media center (besides the people who workthere!) is:• What is your position in the school?• How long have you been in education?• What impression do you think the media center gives to visitors to ourbuilding?• How often do you use the media center?• Any other comments about our media center and it’s layout that you wouldlike to add?
Survey ResponsesSurvey ResponsesHow would you rate ourmedia center layoutcurrently?Answer choices:•I don’t like it at all•It’s okay but there are alot of things I wouldchange•It’s okay but I wouldchange a few things•It’s above average•I think it’s great
Survey ResponsesSurvey ResponsesIf you could change onething about the currentmedia center layout itwould be…•More division between theareas•The placement of thecheckout desk•More available technology•Bigger areas for wholeclasses to meet•The placement of thesections (fiction,nonfiction, etc.)
Survey ResponsesSurvey ResponsesThe thing I like best aboutour media center (besidesthe people who workthere!) is:•The ability of manyclasses to meet in there atonce•The open feel•Large group meeting areawith projector and Mimio•Media Lab•Wireless Internet
Survey ResponsesSurvey ResponsesWhat is your position at the school?•Teacher K•Teacher 1st•Teacher 2nd•Teacher 3rd•Teacher 4th•Teacher 5th•Special Education teacher•Paraprofessional•Special Areas•Instructional Coach•Counselor•Office Staff•Cafeteria Staff•ESOL Teacher•Administration
Survey ResponsesSurvey ResponsesHow long have you been ineducation?•1-3 years•4-6 years•7-9 years•10-12 years•12-15 years•15+ years
Survey ResponsesSurvey Responses• Here are selected responses to the question “What impression do you think our mediacenter gives to visitors to our building?”• “With so many kids in and out, and activities going on, I think visitors get theimpression that the media center is an important part of our school.”• “I love our media center and think everyone should be given a tour once they get here.(Our media specialist) Sharon does a wonderful job and (I) think that she has made sucha wonderful change to our school.”• “It’s kind of blah…the low ceilings are horrible.”• “That it is the hub of our school”• “People are impressed with our media center but with a school as big as ours you’d thinkit’d be bigger.”• On the whole, survey participants felt that the media center as is gives a positiveimpression to visitors.
Survey ResponsesSurvey Responses• Below are selected responses to the question “How often do you usethe media center?”• “I go in there for books and teacher materials all the time.”• “We go in twice a week for lab and my students go whenever theyneed to check out books.• “Daily”• “Several times a year”• “Once a week if not more.”• Majority of responders said that they are in there at least once a week,if not daily.
Survey responsesSurvey responses• Below are selected responses to the question “Any other comments aboutthe media center and it’s layout that you would like to add?”• “Our media specialist does a wonderful job. I enjoy the classes she offers tomy students.”• “I like that the shelves are low and provide a clear view of the entire room.”• “I love how the sections are clear for the students to stay in their ‘area.’ Thatway we don’t have little ones taking home books they shouldn’t and viceversa.”• “(I like) the ceiling tiles and the posters of different books you can read.”• “More technology would be nice and it might be better to have the computersisolated a little more so that the students are less distracted.”• Survey data gathered via Survey Monkey the week of March 20, 2013• http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FWWXNPM
Narrative StatementNarrative Statement• With the given information from surveys and information gatheredfrom best practices and physical library surveillance, I believeimprovements can be made in the areas of:• Seating for pleasure reading• A Storytime and presentation area• Computers and technology• Electrical outlets for laptops• Décor (in regards to clock locations)• The audio-visual storage room
Revised LayoutRevised LayoutRevisions made: A/V storage organization, computer lab moved, moveabledividers added to computer lab area, extra printer added to computer lab area,clocks for each wall added, blue lights added to quiet reading area,storytelling area addedBlueprint made with www.gliffy.com
Pleasure reading areaPleasure reading area•Serpentine sofas (2) at $684.99 eachat www.demco.com•Gresco puff scroll chairs (4) at$214.99 each at www.demco.com•Benne’s Foam Folding Tri-Lounger(5) at $174.99 each atwww.demco.com•Carpet for Kids Calming Circlespattern $489.99 at www.demco.com•Classroom Light Filters set of 4 blue(3) $34.99 each atwww.callowayhouse.com•Total cost for pleasure reading area:$3,699.85
Storytime AreaStorytime Area•Library/Story themed mural for thealcove of the area-free, provided by theart teachers (who have done similarmurals in the school)•Upholstered Queen Anne seating (1)$399.99 at www.demco.com•Square cushions (30) $22.99 each atwww.demco.com•Total cost for Storytime area:$1,089.69
Computer LabComputer Lab• Due to space and responses from the survey I have decided it would bebest to take the current computer lab and put it in the current largegroup area.• Instead of the desktop computers we would trade the laptop computersthat are currently used in the Technology Connections class (about 30laptop computers). That way if the large area ever needed to be usedwith out the computers it would be easily done. The projector, Mimio,and other technologies are already present in this area.
Computer LabComputer Lab•Laptops from Technology Connections classswapped for the desktops-no charge.•Smith System Planner Trapezoid WorkCenter (10)-$589.99 each at www.demco.com•Electrical outlet assemblies for Smith tables(10)-$53.99 each at www.demco.com•Best Rite Lumina Reversible Markerboards(for instructional and division purposes) (2)$514.99 each at www.demco.com•Canon® PIXMA® iX6520 Inkjet BusinessPrinter (2) $159.99 at www.staples.com•Total price for Computer Lab: $7,789.76
Does anyone know whatDoes anyone know whattime it is?time it is?•In our big, open media center thereare 2 clocks, one in the large grouparea and one in the fiction section.Neither are very prominent.•I propose to put 1 clock in thestorytime area (back wall) one behindthe circulation desk (front wall) onebetween the main doors and thecomputer lab (left wall) and one on thewall by the opposite main hall doors(right wall)•Read clock (2) $22.49 each atwww.demco.com•So many books so little time clock (2)$22.49 each at www.demco.com•Total for clocks: $89.96
A/V Storage RoomA/V Storage Room•The A/V storage room has most of thecomponents to be organized. I addedcrates and labels to further aid theorganization.•Blue Storage Crates (12) $7.99 eachat www.staples.com•Magnetic Labels (for shelving units)$31.49 for a package of 25.•Total cost for A/V storage room:$127.37
Total Cost for RenovationTotal Cost for Renovation$12,796.63
PoliciesPolicies• Updated hours: The media center is open from 7:30am-4pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30am-3pm on Friday (additional hours maybe available per building administration)• Meetings: School based meetings (clubs, staff meetings, etc.) must schedule the space andequipment needed at least 3-5 days prior• Outside meetings wishing to use the media center must first contact building administration forbuilding use.• Once cleared through building administration outside groups wishing to use the media center mustfollow these guidelines:• All meetings must be free. No admission fees may be charged or donations in lieu of admissioncollected.• Members of the community must be invited and encouraged to attend by the sponsoring club orgroup.• Fund raising events are not permitted unless participated in by the Media Center.• Meetings planned by a company or individual to promote, advertise or lead to the sale of a productor service are not permitted.• Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance from outside school groups.• Use of Media Center facilities may be denied any groups or individuals who damage Media Centerfurnishings or materials, or who disrupt Media Center services.
PoliciesPolicies• The Media Center does not provide seating or other furniture in excess of what is already in theMedia Center. Event organizers are responsible for providing and removing at the meetingconclusion any additional furniture or seating brought into the Media Center.• Each group using the Media Center is responsible for setting up the room and returning it to itsoriginal condition. This includes returning the furniture to the arrangement found and replacing anydisplays moved for the meeting.• Use of the Media Center technology must be worked out with the Media Specialist beforehand.• No food or drink is permitted in the Media Center.• Instructional Areas — There are multiple instructional areas in the Media Center. "Reserved" signsindicate tables and computers reserved for classes during a specific period of time.• Classroom teachers and staff may reserve lab or storytelling areas 3-5 days ahead of time.• Checkout is operated in 15 minute slots for whole classes and sign up is mandatory• Four students may check out at a time from class and each must have a pass• The Computer Lab is available for students in scheduled classes, under the supervision of a teacher.• Students may print 3-4 pages of class assignments and research materials. If students need to printlong files, they must first ask permission from the Media Specialist.• Policy resources: https://sites.google.com/site/hopkinsmediacenter/media-center-orientationhttp://seldovialibrary.wordpress.com/policies/library-facility-use-policy/, http://www.matignon-hs.org/html/policies.htm
Policy UpdatesPolicy Updates• Updates were added to give extended library hours(current hours are 8-2:45 for students)• Updated use policy for school and community meetings(anticipation of growth of involvement from community)• Updated policies for laptops and printers (since those havebeen added in the renovation)• Updated specifics for meeting areas (currently there is nota set number of days to notify the media center of meetingarea use)