Cowan Road Elementary School Media Center Facilities Plan Cowan Road Elementary School Griffin-Spalding County School System
Media Center Facility PlanLibrary Mission StatementOur media center does not currentlyhave a library mission statement inplace.If I were media specialist it wouldbe:Rising to a higher standard ofachievement by ensuring all studentsand staff are effective users ofideas and information.
Cowan Road Elementary Media Center Profile• Serves approximately 665 students, Pre K – 5th grade• Serves approximately 45 faculty members• Title 1 school• One full time media specialist• One full time clerk
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Photo Tour of Cowan Road Elementary Library•The Media Center islocated in the center ofthe school.•It features a recessedentrance way with adisplay case to the rightof the door.•The library is easilyaccessible to allstudents.
Recognition Board•Our recognitionboard is located onthe wall precedingthe library entrancedoor.•The recognitionboard is displayedto recognizestudentachievement for ARpoints.
Entrance View of Media Center When entering the media center you will see: •Circulation desk •Computer stations •Student leveled books on the back book shelves.
Outside view of media specialist’s office. ThereInside view of the are two entrances thatMedia Specialist’s lead to the office andOffice with desk window view to see outand work area into the media center from inside the office.
Circulation DeskFront view of the Rear view of thecirculation desk circulation desk
Computer Stations•Computer stations are locateddirectly across from the circulationdesk.•Currently, the media center has ninelaptops set up for student use, but atotal of twelve can be used.
Computer Lab•The computer lab is located to the left of the library entrance.•It houses twenty-five student computers.•Teachers are allowed to sign up for times to use the computer lab.
Instructional Area The instructional area has the following features: •Located to the left of the entrance and across from the circulation desk •Six student tables with seating for thirty-six students. •A rolling ActivBoard •An Elmo projector. •Reference materials.
Newsroom •The Newsroom is the information hub of our school. •Anchored by 4th and 5th grade students, who broadcast our CRE morning news. •Located behind the circulation desk. •Houses the media center copier and printer.
Conference Room •Located to the left of the media specialist’s office. •Meeting place at times for grade level meetings. •Location for teacher resource books.
Guided Reading Teacher Resource Area Area is located in the very back right hand corner of the media center upon entrance. Available for teacher check out are: •Leveled sets of guided reading books. •Classroom sets of chapter books. **Area is still under construction due to renovations **
Reading Areas Reading areas include: •Two big rug carpet area •Reading loft •Sofa bean bag chair •Individual bean bag chair.
Natural Lighting from Windows This area provides natural lighting and the doorway leads to a courtyard where teachers may take students outside for reading to extend the story or learning experience.
Storage The storage area houses the following materials: •Carts •Video resources •Manipulatives •Televisions •Center resources
Book Areas This book area is for This area is for lower level periodicals and readers. It provides books biographies for K-2nd grade students
More Book AreasFiction chapter books Fiction picture books areare in this section of located here in this areabooks. of books.
Survey Results- Teacher ResultsPositive Negative• Love the kid-friendly • Can’t think of one thing I like atmosphere about the media center• Media Center is very • Not enough book selections inviting for Pre-K thru 2nd grade• Reference section is very • The library is plain looking and organized needs more wall decorations• The arrangement is easy • More computers are needed to follow for AR/research within the• Love the window display media center. • More non-fiction books are needed.
Survey Results – Student ResultsPositive Negative• The librarian helps us out • Do not like sitting on the• I enjoy looking for and carpet checking out books. • We need more computers• I enjoy the book fair • We need more magazines• I look forward to reading in • We need comfy chairs or a the reading loft sofa to sit on when reading• Getting to help out in the • Need more books for boys library • Need more mystery books• Listening to stories the • We don’t have comic books librarian reads
Reading Magazine Added additionalImprovements Non- Sofa added Racks Added reading loftFictionSection Fiction/Chp.bks. Fiction/Pic. Bks. Read Aloud Two Area reading Fiction/Pic bks chairs Reference ActiveBoard is Mounted Resource Resource Resource A/V Room – News Teacher Conference Broadcast Room Media Specialist Room and Reading Office/Workroom Guided Workroom Guided Reading
Student Reading Area & Table•In order to accommodateModified Facilities Planmore group seating forresearch work, I would addtwo more round tables forstudents to use for readingor research activities.•Students requested anadditional reading loft fromthe survey results. I wouldpurchase this loft and usethe bottom area for areading nook.
Based upon survey results, I would purchase one sofa for the libraryand two comfy chairs. I believe this would accommodate the comfyseating requests by students and alleviate the need for students tosit on the floor during story time.
Five additional laptop computerswould be purchased in addition toone computer table. The laptopswould be also be available formobile use around the library forstudents to have the freedom tomove from group to individualwork as necessary. Wi-Fi capabilitywould also be in place to allowstudents to research referencematerials through the internet.
New magazine racks would beinstalled as housing for ourlatest kid editions of magazinesubscriptions in the new andimproved media center facilityat Cowan Road ElementarySchool.In addition to magazinesubscriptions, new books arepurchased that are gearedtoward s the interests ofstudents. For example, comicbooks, graphic novels, non-fiction books, mysteries, andbooks for boys.
To add more appeal tothe library interiordécor, I would accentthe walls with muralssuch as the examplesprovided. Thesemurals would besplashed all aroundthe upper interiorwalls and create anatmosphere forreading and learning.
The School Library Media ProgramPhilosophyThe school library media centers of the Griffin-Spalding CountySchool System are instructional resource centers that function asintegral part of the learning process. All resources and programsmust align to meet challenges and opportunities that areencountered in school, post-high school experiences, the workplaceand the community. The purpose of the school library media centeris to provide services to students, faculty, staff and administrationbased on the instructional needs and objectives enumerated in theirschool improvement plan.
Media Center PolicyInstructional Media/Equipment Definition:Library media materials are the print, non-print, audio-visual materialsand equipment used in support of the instructional process.Instructional media incorporates hardbound books, softbound books,magazines, and newspapers, audiovisual equipment and materials,laboratory equipment and materials, computer hardware ad software,instructional television, comprehensive learning systems, selfinstructional materials, teacher-made materials, and any other materialsthat can be utilized in the delivery of instruction.These materials shall:• Enrich and support all the curriculum while considering diversity, interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served.• Stimulate growth in knowledge, literacy appreciation, aesthetic values, the desire to learn, and ethical standards.• Allow students to develop under guidance, the practice of critical analysis of all media by giving opposing sides of controversial issues.• Portray the contributions to our American heritage of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups.
The School Library Media Program MissionThe mission of the school library media programs of theGriffin-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 Goals• To provide a facility that functions as the information center of the school;• To provide ALL students and teachers maximum intellectual access to the resources and services necessary to become lifelong learners and effective users of information, ideas, and technology; and• To implement, enrich, and support the educational programs of the school and community as well as troubleshooting techniques to keep computers and other electronic equipment operational.
Current Media Center PolicyAccessibility:Hours of operation:• The Media Center is open during the school day for student use.• Faculty may use the media center before and after school.• Exceptions may be made on occasions when the media center is needed other than regular school hours.• The media center offers open/flexible scheduling.
Current Media Center PolicyOrganization and Staffing:• System library committee members are appointed by the superintendent or assistant superintendent.• Each elementary school will form a school library media committee.• The school library media committee will:• address media concerns at the school level• provide input to the system library media committee• develop procedures for implementing the system’s instructional media and equipment policy• establish media program objectives based on instructional goals by developing immediate and long-range plans for the SLMP• recommend priorities for the school library media budget• assess, evaluate, and modify school library media resources and services• identify and plan media or technology related staff development activities• respond to formal challenges regarding materials used in the school• establish and maintain cooperation with other agencies, such as the public library• There is one full time media specialist and one part time media clerk.
The School Library Media Program PhilosophyThe school library media centers of the Griffin-SpaldingCounty School System are instructional resource centers thatfunction as integral part of the learning process. All resourcesand programs must align to meet challenges andopportunities that are encountered in school, post-high schoolexperiences, the workplace and the community. The purposeof the school library media center is to provide services tostudents, faculty, staff and administration based on theinstructional needs and objectives enumerated in their schoolimprovement plan.
Current Media Center PolicyFundingCriteria for allocation of funds are accordingto need in the following areas:•Increased pupil enrollment•Addition of new curriculum areas•Suitability of materials on hand•Variety of materials on hand•New instructional strategies implemented•State, regional, and national standards
Current Media Center PolicyCirculation• Each patron is assigned a number in the Follett circulation system and uses this number to check out books.• Orientation takes place each fall and, as needed, throughout the year for new students.• All circulated books are due back in two weeks before the last student day of school.• All teacher items must be returned before the end of their contract period annually.• Circulation time lengths: preK, Kindergarten, 1st – one book at a time 2nd-5th grade (also middle and high school students) – two books at a time• Books may be renewed as needed.• Past due fees are NOT charged for elementary students (but are for middle and high school students).• In elementary school, only damage or lost fees may be charged
Current Media Center PolicyReconsideration of Materials:• Only citizens of Spalding County can initiate a complaint or objection• to 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. – The principal listens to the objection and makes efforts to resolve the issue. – The principal (or other staff member appointed) explains the selection process and offers alternate assignments if appropriate. – They refrain from making any personal opinions known. – Written documentation of the contact is filed. – The material in question remains in use unless removed through the procedures below.2. If not satisfied with the outcome of step 1, the complainant files a Request for Reconsideration of Educational Media form. – The media specialist alerts the media committee and sets a meeting date, within 30 days. - Continued on next slide -
Current Media Center PolicyReconsideration of Materials -continued – 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. 3. If an appeal is filed, the form is sent to the superintendent 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. 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.
Current Media Center PolicyCopyright Law:• The responsibility of copyright management is an administrative as well• as a personal responsibility.• Public Law 95-553 provides clear-cut definitions of fair use of copies that• are now being produced through current technologies: – The system and individual schools will adhere to the current copyright law. – The school Media Specialist shall keep teachers and students appraised of current copyright information.Disposing of Gifts:• Gifts of print and non-print materials must be accepted with the under-• standing that those materials meet the standards set forth in the selection• policy. Any gifts that are inappropriate for use, in poor condition, or• duplicates of items in the collection, will be disposed of in whatever• manner is the most suitable.
Current Media Center PolicyEmployee/Computer Internet use:• Computers provided in the Griffin-Spalding County School System are to be used by students and employees for educational purposes only.• Each school should have procedures in place to assure that computers are used solely for educational purposes.• Employees are expected to check email at least once each working day.• Employees and students are expected to use network etiquette (netiquette).Internet Safety:•Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when thesystem involves many users.•Students do not have permission to create personal home pages or directories.•Student work may only be published under the direction of the supervisingteacher(s).•If 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.
Current Media Center PolicySelection of Media Center Materials:• Direct examination provides the most accurate evaluation of materials for purchase. However, time and publishers may not allow for this. When direct evaluation is NOT possible, reviews and selection tools must be used in order to provide guidance in case materials are challenged.• Selection should be made from reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared aids.• Other selection methods include (but are not limited to): – Other school media specialists – Exhibits at conferences – Textbook bibliographies – Visits to evaluation centers• A list of appropriate selection tools is included. These are not the only selection tools allowed.• Faculty, parents, and student recommendations will be considered, but the final decision rests with professional personnel.
Current Media Center PolicyStudent RecordsThe district complies with requirements of theFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA) and Pupil Protection Act (PPRA).
Current Media Center PolicySchool Facilities:School facilities may be used under certainconditions by legitimate civic groups, organizationsand individuals in our community for purposesrelated to or directly connected with communitywelfare.
Current Media Center PolicyCooperative Planning:• Cooperative planning includes joint determination by the school library media specialist ad teachers to ensure use of school library media center resources and services that support on-going classroom instruction.
Revisions to Media Center PolicyOur current District media center policies are in line with the AALSstandards. The only revisions I would make would be to simply makethose policies that are in place more accessible and spelled out moreclearly in the SLMS Handbook.On a school level, our school follows the policies implemented by thedistrict. However, I believe our lack of a mission and goal statementallows our media center to be viewed as one that lacks a focus andpurpose. Therefore, I propose the following mission statement for ourschool: Rising to a higher standard of achievement by ensuring allstudents and staff are effective users of ideas and information. In order tohave a successful media program, the mission statement should berelevant and current to our students needs. This declaration puts it alltogether in one meaningful statement.
By: Lesley Metts Fall 2010 Dr. Green FRIT 7132