Media Center Facility PlanCowan Road Elementary Kim Hollingsworth FRIT 7132 Fall 2010
Cowan Road Elementary Media Center Profileo There are approximately 665 students,o Pre K – 5th gradeo There are approximately 45 faculty memberso There is one full time media specialisto There is one full time clerko This is a Title 1 school
Media Center Locationo The school has two major hallways. The media center is located in the middle of the school, on a hall that connects these two hallways.o It is easily accessible to all students and visitors.
View From the Hall oDisplay case is located to the right of the doors entering the library.oThe libraryentrance isrecessed fromthe hallway. oThe AR points board is located on the wall to the right of the library entrance.
Current Facility Floor Plan •Non-Fiction •Fiction •Student Work Tables Classroom •Easy Reader NOT run by Media Work AreaComputer Lab – Section Specialist •Reference Materials •Computer Stations •Classroom Area Tables •Conference Table Read-aloud area •Wall Shelves Storage/Manipulatives, Videos •Circulation Desk Media Specialist •Doors Office/Workroom A/V Room – News Conference Room/Teacher •Magazines & Resources Broadcast Room Biographies •Guided Reading 1/24/2012 •Reading Loft 5 •AV Room
Media Specialist Officeo The media center office is located behind the circulation desk, slightly to the left.o Staff restroom is located in the office. o There are two doors that lead into the office. o There are two windows that provide a view of the activity taking place in the media center.
Instructional Area Contains: o Activboard o ELMO o Research materials (ex. Encyclopedia s)o This area will seat a classroom of approximately 36 students.
Newsroom o The newsroom is located behind the circulation desk. o Fifth grade students conduct the “morning news” program. oThe newsroom also houses the library printer and copier.
Conference Roomo The conference room is located to the left of the media specialist’s office.o Teacher resource books are housed here.
Guided Reading Materials o Located outside the conference room in the far right hand corner of the library. o Classroom book sets are also located in this area.**Currently under construction
Fun Reading Areaso Reading Lofto Two Carpet Areaso Bean Bag Chairso Bean Bag Sofa
Wall of Windowso The door leads out to a courtyard where teachers may take students to read.o This wall of windows provides natural light.
Storageo The storage room is located on the right as you enter the media centero Videos, center resources, televisions, and leap pad materials are stored in this room.
The Bookshelves o Lower Level Reading Section o This section provides books for Pre K -2nd gradeoThis is the “Magazineand Biography Section oThis is a view of the “easy” or “everybody” section of the media center.
The Bookshelves Continued oThis is a view of the fiction section of the media center.oThe non-fiction sectionincludes the 2nd bookcase andthe bookcases that are on theback wall.oThe 1st bookcase is part of thefiction section.
Survey Results- TeacherResponse Area Don’t Change Minor Change Completely Change Student Computer 60% 40% 0% StationsSeparate AR Testing 53% 33% 13% CenterLayout of Book Areas 56% 35% 12%Guided Reading Area 31% 62% 6% Classroom Area 47% 53% 0% Other 60% 20% 20% Continued of next slide
Survey Results- Teacher ResponseWhat is ONE area/feature you would most want to change?- larger book selection/and reading area for lower level readers- hand puppets that correspond with stories- more books (non fiction) that are on, above, and just below grade level on specificScience and S.S. standards- the Guided Reading Area/ Teacher Resource area-Activboard/class area is too compact.- would also like to see more wall decorationsWhat is ONE area/feature you would not want to change?- openness of the media center- the kid-friendly atmosphere- the easy section books-checkout procedures for kindergarten-reference sectionWhat are some types of books/resources that we need more of?-lower grade reading books-math-books on Tape-we need more informational books that align with state standards.-more leveled Guided Reading books that match our science and social studiesstandards.-Social Studies books aligned with GPS for early grades (K-2) Continued of next slide
Survey Results – StudentResponse thing about the media center?What is your favorite-the book fair-being able to check out a book-can read and play with stuffed animals-reading parties-the people that work in there are nice and helpful-the lessons that teach us how to use technologyWhat is ONE thing you would like to change?-more Pre-K and K AR books-more spaces to sit-having to choose a book from a table and not a shelf-having to sit on the carpet-need more magazines-more computers-when I lose my book, I can’t get another oneWhat are some types of books/resources that you think we need?-more movies on subjects and holidays for the lower grade levels-comic books-book fair could come more often-3D books-more character books
ImprovementsPurchase the following items:ocomputer stationsocomfortable seating to sit in while readingolower level reading bookso“magazine rack” style bookcase for the easy reader sectionotable lamps to sit on the student work tablesoPuppetsoportable listening centers and books on tapeoleveled Science and Social Studies booksosubscribe to a larger variety of magazinesofour bookcases to hold teacher resource materialsMake the following changes:omove the guided reading section into the conference roomomove the classroom area to the far right hand corner of the media center so thattraffic does not disturb studentsomove teacher resources to bookcases in the media centeromove the magazines and biographies to the middle of the back wall to separate non-fiction and easy readersomove the easy reader section to the far left hand corner of the media center so thattraffic does not disturb story time
Modified Facility Floor Plan •Non-Fiction •Fiction Non-Fiction Section Student •Student Work Work Easy ReaderComputer Lab – NOT /Reading Section/Reading Tables Fiction Section Area Lounge •Easy Readerrun by Media SectionSpecialist •Chairs •Reference Reference Resources Materials Computer •Computer Stations Stations Classroom Work Area •Classroom Area Tables •Activboard other Teacher Check-outs Manipulatives, Video, and •Conference Table Media Specialist Office/Workroom Guided Reading/ Conference Room •Wall Shelves Storage of Newsroom •Circulation Desk •Doors •Magazines & Biographies 1/24/2012
The School Library Media Program System PhilosophyThe school library media centers of the Griffin-Spalding County School System are instructionalresource centers that function as integral part of thelearning process.All resources and programs must align to meetchallenges and opportunities that are encountered inschool, post-high school experiences, the workplaceand the community.The purpose of the school library media center is toprovide services to students, faculty, staff andadministration based on the instructional needs andobjectives enumerated in their school improvement
The School Library Media Program System MissionThe mission of the school library media programs ofthe Griffin-Spalding County School System reflects thephilosophy of the school and the school system. Theybelieve that the school library media center helps toprepare students with the skill, knowledge, and thecharacter necessary to become lifelong learners andproductive citizens.
School Library Media Program System GoalsoTo provide a facility that functions as the informationcenter of the school;oTo provide ALL students and teachers maximumintellectual access to the resources and servicesnecessary to become lifelong learners and effectiveusers of information, ideas, and technology; andoTo implement, enrich, and support the educationalprograms of the school and community as well astroubleshooting techniques to keep computers andother electronic equipment operational.
Media Center Policy:Accessibility -Hours of operation: For Students – 8:15am – 2:15pm For Faculty – 7:30am – 3:30pmoThe Media Center is open during the school day forstudent use.oFaculty may use the media center before and afterschool.oExceptions may be made on occasions when themedia center is needed other than regular schoolhours.oThe media center offers open/flexible scheduling.
Media Center Policy:Organization and Staffing -System library committee members are appointed by the superintendent orassistant superintendent.Each elementary school will form a school library media committee.The school library media committee will:oaddress media concerns at the school leveloprovide input to the system library media committeeodevelop procedures for implementing the system’s instructional media andequipment policyoestablish media program objectives based on instructional goals byo developing immediate and long-range plans for the SLMPorecommend priorities for the school library media budgetoassess, evaluate, and modify school library media resources and servicesoidentify and plan media or technology related staff development activitiesorespond to formal challenges regarding materials used in the schooloestablish and maintain cooperation with other agencies, such as theo public libraryThere is one full time media specialist and one part time media clerk.
Media Center Policy:Selection of Media Center Materials -oDirect examination provides the most accurate evaluation of materials forpurchase. However, time and publishers may not allow for this. When directevaluation is NOT possible, reviews and selection tools must be used in orderto provide guidance in case materials are challenged.oSelection should be made from reputable, unbiased, professionallyprepared aids.oOther selection methods include (but are not limited to): oOther school media specialists oExhibits at conferences oTextbook bibliographies oVisits to evaluation centersoA list of appropriate selection tools is included. These are not the onlyselection tools allowed.oFaculty, parents, and student recommendations will be considered, butthe final decision rests with professional personnel.
Media Center Policy:Circulation -o Each patron is assigned a number in the Follett circulation system and uses this number to check out books.o Orientation takes place each fall and, as needed, throughout the year for new students.o All circulated books are due back in two weeks before the last student day of school.o All teacher items must be returned before the end of their contract period, annually.o PreK, Kindergarten, 1st – may check out one book at a time 2nd - 5th - may check out two books at a timeo Books may be renewed as needed.o Past due fees are NOT charged for elementary studentso In elementary school, only damage or lost fees may be charged. 29 1/24/2012
Media Center Policy:Reconsideration of Materials -Only citizens of Spalding County can initiate a complaint or objectionto a material in the school Media Center.The process for reconsideration is as follows:1. A person raises a question concerning the content of a material. a) The principal listens to the objection and makes efforts to resolve the issue. b) The principal (or other staff member appointed) explains the selection process and offers alternate assignments if appropriate. a) They refrain from making any personal opinions known. a) Written documentation of the contact is filed. b) The material in question remains in use unless removed through the procedures below. Continued on next slide - 1/24/2012 30
Media Center Policy:Reconsideration of Materials -2. If not satisfied with the outcome of step 1, the complainant files aRequest for Reconsideration of Educational Media form. a) The media specialist alerts the media committee and sets a meeting date, within 30 days. b) The item in question is pulled from circulation to allow the committee time to review it. c) All pertinent information regarding purchase, reviews, etc will be pulled by the Media Specialist. d) The complainant is notified in writing of the meeting date and time. e) The committee holds the meeting and decides a finding on the material. f) Should the complainant desire to file an appeal, it must be filed within ten days of their receipt of notice. If no appeal is filed, the challenge is over. Continued on next slide - 1/24/2012 31
Media Center Policy:Reconsideration of Materials -3. If an appeal is filed, the form is sent to the superintendant and the system Media Committee sets a meeting date within 30 days. This committee follows the same procedure as the school committee, but on a system level.4. If the complainant remains unsatisfied with the system committee’s decision, the Board of Education reviews the materials, reviews, and makes a decision. The Board will notify the complainant, system library media committee chairperson, and the school principal of the appeal and the action taken by the Board.
Media Center Policy:Copyright Law –oThe responsibility of copyright management is an administrative as wellas a personal responsibility.oPublic Law 95-553 provides clear-cut definitions of fair use of copies thatare now being produced through current technologies: oThe system and individual schools will adhere to the current copyright law. oThe school Media Specialist shall keep teachers and students appraised of current copyright information.Employee and Computer Internet Use –oComputers provided in the Griffin-Spalding County School System are to beused by students and employees for educational purposes only.oEach school should have procedures in place to assure that computers areused solely for educational purposes.oEmployees are expected to check email at least once each working day.oEmployees and students are expected to use network etiquette (netiquette).
Media Center Policy:Internet Safety –oSecurity on any computer system is a high priority, especially whenthe system involves many users.oStudents do not have permission to create personal home pages ordirectories.oStudent work may only be published under the direction of the supervising teacher(s).oIf an employee finds (or is made aware of) a security problem on the Internet, they must notify the building administrator.They should NOT demonstrate the problem to others.
Media Center Policy:Instructional Media/Equipment -Library media materials are the print, non-print, audio-visual materials and equipmentused in support of the instructional process. Instructional media incorporateshardbound books, softbound books, magazines, and newspapers, audiovisual equipmentand materials, laboratory equipment and materials, computer hardware ad software,instructional television, comprehensive learning systems, self instructional materials,teacher-made materials, and any other materials that can be utilized in the delivery ofinstruction.These materials shall:o Enrich and support all the curriculum while considering diversity, interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students servedo Stimulate growth in knowledge, literacy appreciation, aesthetic values, the desire to learn, and ethical standardso Allow students to develop under guidance, the practice of critical analysis of all media by giving opposing sides of controversial issues
Media Center Policy:Funding -Criteria for allocation of funds are according toneed in the following areas:o Increased pupil enrollmento Addition of new curriculum areaso Suitability of materials on hando Variety of materials on hando New instructional strategies implementedo State, regional, and national standards
Media Center Policy:Student Records -The district complies with requirements of the Family Educational Rightsand Privacy Act (FERPA) and Pupil Protection Act (PPRA).Disposing of Gifts of Instructional ResourcesoGifts of print and non-print materials must be accepted with the-understanding that those materials meet the standards set forth in theselection policy.oAny gifts that are inappropriate for use, in poor condition, or duplicates ofitems in the collection, will be disposed of in whatever manner is the mostsuitable.Use of School Facilities -School facilities may be used under certain conditions by legitimate civic groups,organizations, and individuals in our community for purposes related to or directlyconnected with community welfare.
School Media Policy:Media Center Handbook -The Griffin Spalding County School System has a designated handbookfor school Media Specialists. It serves as a guide with information relatedto the following:• Philosophy• The Mission and Goals of the School Library Media Program• Roles and responsibilities of the School Library Media Specialist and support staff• Media Policy – Scheduling – Selection – Gifts – Circulation – Reconsideration of Materials – Copyright Law – Disposing of Gifts – Employee/Student Internet Usage – Internet Safety
Media Center Policy:Cooperative Planning-o Cooperative planning includes joint determination by the school library media specialist and teachers to ensure use of school library media center resources and services that support on-going classroom instruction.