Wayne County High School One Jacket Dr. Jesup, GA 31546 Georgia Southern University ITEC 7132 Dr. Repman
Table of contents…………………………..2 School Motto …………………..................3 School Information………….....………..4-5 Media Center Photo Tour….................6-32 Current Media Center Floor Plan……….33 Teacher Survey Results…………………34 Student Survey Results………………….35 Revised Media Center Floor Plan………36 Summary of Changes……………………37 Reading Room……………..38-39 Cubicles…………………….40-41 Audio Books………………..42-43 Reference Room…………..44-45 Computer Lab……………...46-47 Additional Resources……...48-49 Media Center Policies………………..50 Media Center Hours……….51 Scheduling………………….52 Individual Use………………53 Book…………………………54 Printing………………………55 Internet………………………56 Additional……………………57 Conclusion…………………………….58
Mission Statement: All students at Wayne County High School will earn a meaningful high school diploma.
<ul><li>Wayne County High School is the only high school in Wayne County, GA. It serves Jesup, Odum, and Screven. </li></ul><ul><li>The current $20.2 million dollar building for Wayne County High School first opened in the fall of 2002. </li></ul><ul><li>The school encompasses a total of 254,000 square feet. </li></ul><ul><li>WCHS serves 9 th – 11 th grade students. </li></ul><ul><li>WCHS has one media center and three computer labs. </li></ul>
<ul><li>WCHS has a student population of approximately 1600 students. </li></ul><ul><li>WCHS made AYP for the first time during the 2007-2008 school year. </li></ul><ul><li>WCHS opened a 9 th grade academy for the 2008-2009 school year, as a result of a restructuring plan that was required from No Child Left Behind. </li></ul><ul><li>WCHS has 95 teachers, 6 administrators, 4 counselors, 1 technology specialist, 1 media specialist, and 1 media paraprofessional. </li></ul>
The media center is centrally located in the school. It is located off from the commons area and where the four instructional hallways meet. In this picture, you can see the media center entrance. The media center is located off from the commons area, where the students eat lunch and congregate before and after school. This is the view of the commons area when standing at the media center entrance.
On both sides of the media center, windows look out into the instructional hallways.
To the left are the entrance doors to the media center, where students enter from the commons area. This is the only place students are allowed to enter and leave the library media center. The security system is for books that have not been properly checked out. This is the display case located to the right of students as they enter the media center. It usually houses student work from the art classes.
This is the view of the circulation desk as students enter the media center.
This is the main seating area in the media center. You can see the corner of the circulation desk on the right side of the picture. The area has sixteen computer stations and eleven tables that have seating for six at each one.
This is a close up of the backside of the media center computers. All sixteen computers in the media center have a bundle of exposed wires behind them. Though the wires don’t go all the way to the floor, a flapping arm or book bag could get caught on the wires and cause major damage to the students or the equipment. This could be corrected by having all cables ran inside the back of the desk through a small hole underneath the base of the computer.
Two additional computers are located to the right of the circulation desk, for a total of eighteen computers in the media center. Located right behind these two computers, right beside the circulation desk, is a printer for students. Students are charged ten cents a page for whatever they print.
Located behind the computers in the media center, along the back wall, are four additional tables that provide seating for twenty-four more students.
The picture to the left showcases the place in the library where students can find current newspapers. The red arrow points to the newspapers, which are located to the left as students enter the library. The picture to the right shows where students can find current magazines. These magazines are there for student interest and include titles such as Sports Illustrated and People . The magazines are located to the left of the entrance, right past the newspapers.
When standing behind the circulation desk, the fiction section of the library is located to the right. The fiction section consists of four sets of bookshelves that are eight feet high. They are organized by author’s last name.
The nonfiction section of the media center is located to the left of the main seating area. The picture to the left was taken standing right in front of the circulation desk. The massive bookshelves create a viewing problem from the circulation desk. The nonfiction section is comprised of six sets of bookshelves that are eight feet tall. The nonfiction section is considerably larger than the fiction section of the media center.
The picture to the left showcases the reference section of the library. It is located to the left once students pass the magazines. The reference section carries over and “runs into” the nonfiction section. The red arrow shows how the first of four tall bookshelves is labeled as reference materials.
Finally, the biography section of the media center is located to the right of the “additional seating” in the library. This is on the back wall of the media center. The biography section consists of three sets of bookshelves that are three feet tall.
The laminator is located in the media center, next to the reference section. The laminator is only on during the three lunch periods. Teachers can send material to be laminated during that time. Bulletin board paper is located in the back left corner of the media center. Paper is available for teachers only. Students cannot use the paper unless their teacher gets it for them to use.
The media center has a “school store” located at the circulation desk. Here students can buy pencils, paper, posters, and other school supplies for a fraction of the price they would pay at Walmart.
Electronic Distribution Room Periodical Storage Room Video Storage Room Teacher Workroom Conference Room Workroom Media Specialist’s Office Media Paraprofessional’s Office
The electronic distribution room is located off the right side of the media center. This room houses extra overhead transparencies , and is mainly like an electronic storage room. The room stays locked at all times.
The Periodical Storage Room is located off the right side of the media center. This room houses several periodicals, with titles like National Geographic . Periodicals are kept for two years, and then discarded. Most of the periodicals in this room are there because they were requested by teachers.
The video storage room is the final room located off the right side of the media center. This room houses all of the DVDs and videos that the school owns. Only teachers are allowed in this room. Teachers can check out the videos to show in their classes.
This workroom is located directly behind the circulation desk and is for the media specialist and her paraprofessional. The room has a fax machine, sink, and provides storage for ink cartridges, paper, and other supplies.
The media specialist’s office is also located behind the circulation desk, beside the workroom. This is the media specialist’s “space,” and it is often times where she eats lunch. The calendar on her desk is the schedule for the computer labs. She keeps it in her office so that she can schedule the labs and stay abreast as to what is going on.
This is the media specialist’s paraprofessional’s office. She has her own computer, and often times eats a quick lunch in her office, also.
The teacher workroom, which is off the left side of the media center, houses a copy machine that is for teacher use only. The teacher workroom in the media center, has a bathroom that is for faculty only. It also has paper cutters that are for teacher and student use. The teacher workroom also has letter cutters that are available for student use. Students often use these machines on projects.
Though this room is called a conference room, it has many uses. The computer and camera located at the right of the picture is where the media specialist makes student IDs. Student Council also uses the conference room daily, as their mailboxes are located on the left side of the picture. Additional storage is also provided with a low bookshelf. And finally, a table is there for students to work at.
The media center showcases extra high ceilings. Currently, cardboard Star Wars characters are arranged on an upper ledge to appeal to students’ interests. The door to the left leads to the “War Room” at the high school, a conference room where teachers meet during their planning periods for professional development. And the Exit door on the right side of the picture leads outside.
This is view of outside, behind the media center. If one walked out the exit doors behind the “additional seating area,” this is where he or she would be. It is located between two instructional hallways. Students are never in this area.
<ul><li>WE LIKE… </li></ul><ul><li>The number of computers available in the media center. </li></ul><ul><li>The location of the media center and computer labs. It’s “easy to access.” </li></ul><ul><li>Having our own workroom in the media center. “Extra copy machines are always a good thing!” </li></ul><ul><li>The large variety of videos available through the media center. </li></ul><ul><li>WE DON’T LIKE… </li></ul><ul><li>How only one classroom can be accommodated at a time in the media center. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of audio books for student use. </li></ul><ul><li>That technology is limited to check out and take to their own classes. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no “quiet place” for individual students to study and work. </li></ul>
<ul><li>WHAT WE LIKE… </li></ul><ul><li>That the media center is open during lunch. </li></ul><ul><li>That students can buy school supplies for cheaper prices from the media center. </li></ul><ul><li>That students can get on the Internet in the media center for research. </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT WE DON’T LIKE… </li></ul><ul><li>The furniture is uncomfortable. </li></ul><ul><li>That students can’t eat lunch in the media center while they work. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no where to “hang-out” in the media center. </li></ul><ul><li>That the media center is already closed by the time students get out of team practices or club meetings . </li></ul><ul><li>There is no quiet study area in the media center. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The following pages will discuss the additions and changes made in the revised floor plan. These changes are being suggested based on an analysis of the current floor plan, survey results from teachers and students, and an overall evaluation of the area. The changes focus on best using the facility’s resources, providing access to all students at all times, and creating a comfortable and inviting area in the media center. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The current workroom should be transferred into a “reading room.” Currently, there </li></ul><ul><li>are two workrooms, which could be combined into one. In the new reading room </li></ul><ul><li>students will find magazines and newspapers, along with a comfortable loveseat, </li></ul><ul><li>chair, and bean bags. This responds to the students concern that the media center </li></ul><ul><li>furniture is uncomfortable. The room will take on a “Jacket” theme, to match the </li></ul><ul><li>school’s mascot and promote school spirit. The furniture will be black, and a yellow </li></ul><ul><li>rug will tie in the Yellow Jacket colors. Also, Home Economics students make pillows </li></ul><ul><li>as one of their projects in the semester, and they could make Yellow Jacket pillows to </li></ul><ul><li>accent the couch. The room has several windows, so visibility would not be an issue, </li></ul><ul><li>and the door would be removed so it was just an open walkway to enter the reading </li></ul><ul><li>room. The magazine rack and newspaper rack will be moved into this room for easy </li></ul><ul><li>accessibility. Finally, the cabinet space should be removed to make room for the </li></ul><ul><li>new furniture. The addition of this room should be done to make the media center </li></ul><ul><li>an “inviting” place. After all, we want the students to want to come into the media </li></ul><ul><li>center space. </li></ul>
This loveseat and lounge chair can be purchased from Gaylord. They will be ordered in black. The loveseat costs $1,130 and the lounge chair is $810. The bean bags would also be in black. We would purchase two bean bags at $133.75 each, for a total of $267.50. A yellow floor rug can be purchased for $128 at the following url: http://www.chiasso.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=52696&source=nextag TOTAL COST OF READING ROOM: $2,335.50
<ul><li>The original floor plan of the media center has no place for students to work or study independently. As a result, eight study cubicles have been added. Four of the cubicles will have computers, and four will not. That way, students who do not have to work on a computer will have plenty of space to study in the cubicle. Also, the cubicles would work as an excellent place for students to take tests they have been sent to the media center to make up. These will give students the privacy to study for an upcoming test, and they help make the media center a place that can accommodate individual student needs while simultaneously meeting whole class needs. These were added in response to survey results from students and teachers who felt students needed a quiet place to study in the media center. </li></ul>
The study cubicles can be purchased from Gaylord for $945 a piece. This is for a Carrel that is 48’ high, 48’ wide, and 31’ deep. For eight cubicles, the total will be $7,560. The four computers used in the cubicles will be computers that were already in the media center, so there will be no extra cost for them. TOTAL COST OF 8 CUBICLES: $7,560.00
<ul><li>As mentioned on a previous slide, four of the study cubicles will not have computers in them. However, these cubicles will have walkmans available in them for students to listen to audio books. While the walkmans will be available, they are small enough that they can be stuck in a corner if they are not needed, and the student will still have adequate room to study. Also, headphones will be included in the cubicles with computers in them. That way, students can listen to free downloadable audio books through the Internet. These free audio books are available at http://www.audiobooks.org/ </li></ul>
These headsets are $15.45 each. They will be in four cubicles, for a total cost of $61.80. They can be purchased from Brodart. These CD Walkmans can be purchased from Sony for $29.95 each. Four of these will be needed for cubicles in the media center. Total cost for these Walkmans will be $119.80. A $1,000 budget will also be given to buy audio books from audiobooks.net. Audio books from this website can be purchased for $20-$60 a book. A $1,000 budget should buy at least 25 new audio books. TOTAL COST OF AUDIO BOOKS & ACCESS: $1,181.60
<ul><li>The reference room would be added where the current nonfiction area is in the media center. It would be “blocked off” so to speak with low bookshelves that hold nonfiction books. However, when it is not occupied by students and a teacher, the low bookshelves provide the media specialists easy visibility to monitor the area. One of the complaints from teachers was that only one class could be accommodated in the media center at a time. By adding this area, which seats thirty students and has a projector screen, it’s like the teacher has her own classroom in the media center. The best part, is this new space costs close to nothing. The projection screen used in this area was already in the media center, it will just have to be moved. The tables and chairs were also already in the media center, they too were just rearranged. The only cost for this new area is low bookshelves to hold reference and nonfiction materials . </li></ul>
Two low bookshelves, like the one to the right, would be needed to fit under the windows. These bookshelves would house reference materials. These can be purchased from Gaylord for $439 each. The bookshelves are 36’ high, 36’ wide, and 12’ deep. To buy two of these, the total would be $878. Four double-faced low bookshelves will be needed to separate the research area from the rest of the media center. The bookshelves can be purchased from Brodart for $589 each. The bookshelves are 48’ high, 36’ wide, and 20’ deep. Four of these bookshelves can be purchased for $2,356. TOTAL COST OF RESEARCH AREA: $3,234.00
<ul><li>In the section of the library that is currently the fiction section, a computer lab will be created. This will be done using computers that were already in the media center. This is again to accommodate more than one class at a time. The lab will house twelve computers, enough for a normal size class to work on a computer with a partner. The lab will be blocked off from the rest of the media center by low bookshelves. Therefore, it feels separate but lines of visibility would not be bad when no classroom teacher is in the area. The lab area will also have a projection screen for instructional purposes. </li></ul>
Four low bookshelves, like the one to the right, will be needed to block off the lab from the rest of the media center. These bookshelves would house fiction books. These can be purchased from Gaylord for $439 each. The bookshelves are 36’ high, 36’ wide, and 12’ deep. To buy four of these, the total would be $1,756. This projector will be needed for the lab area. The projector can be purchased from Brodart for $1,279. This projection screen is controlled electronically and attaches to the ceiling. This will be used in the lab for instructional purposes. The screen which is 72’ by 96’ can be purchased from Brodart for $915. TOTAL COST OF NEW LAB AREA: $3,950.00
Five additional low bookshelves will be needed to house fiction books. These will be located at the back of four study cubicles. They are low, so they will not interrupt the line of sight. These can be purchased from Gaylord for $439 each. The bookshelves are 36’ high, 36’ wide, and 12’ deep. To buy five of these, the total would be $2,195. Two floor display cases will be need to display student work. These will be located where the magazine and newspaper racks were previously. These can be purchased from Gaylord for $1,275 each. They are 40’ high, 48’ wide, and 20’ deep. Two of these will cost $2,550. TOTAL COST OF ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: $4,745.00
<ul><li>The two computers located next to the circulation desk will stay, but they will be used only as a card catalog. This will ensure that students can always have access to a computer that can assist them in finding a book they need. Also, the carpet in the media center will stay because the custodians do an exceptional job of keeping it clean, and it helps with the noise. A lot of the changes made in the media center are being made with the goal of accommodating more than one class at a time. More students means more noise, so the carpet will be very helpful. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The schools within the Wayne County School System have district and school policies for their media centers. The following policies for the county were taken from the Wayne County High School student handbook, the Wayne County High School faculty media handbook, and the School System’s technology plan. </li></ul><ul><li>(Suggested policy changes will be noted in red underneath current policies.) </li></ul>
<ul><li>The media center is open to teacher and student use from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. This is ten minutes before class starts and thirty minutes after class finishes. </li></ul><ul><li>(One of the complaints from students was that the media center is already closed by the time they get out of </li></ul><ul><li>practices or club meetings in the afternoon. Therefore, I think media center hours should be extended until </li></ul><ul><li>5:00 in the afternoon. Also, a website should be made available to students where they can access databases </li></ul><ul><li>used within the media center from their own home, as was recommended by Joyce Valenza.) </li></ul><ul><li>The media center should not be closed to students for any reason during the regular school day. </li></ul>
<ul><li>State law requires media centers operate on a flexible schedule. WCHS incorporates a flexible schedule in both the media center and its computer labs. </li></ul><ul><li>To schedule a time to take your class to the media center or a computer lab, teachers must talk with the media specialists and add their names to the calendar in her office. </li></ul><ul><li>(To encourage collaboration and planning ahead, scheduling should have to be done at least two days in </li></ul><ul><li>advance.) </li></ul><ul><li>Normally, only one class is scheduled in the media center at a time. Also, only one class can be scheduled for each of the three computer labs at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>(The revised floor plan for the media center will make it where the media center would be available for </li></ul><ul><li>two classes during each period, making the media center’s resources available to more students </li></ul><ul><li>consistently.) </li></ul><ul><li>When using a computer lab, teachers must pick up the key to the lab at the beginning of their designated period and return it at the end of the period. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Students are allowed to use the media center on an individual basis any time during the day. If students are using the media center during their lunch period, no pass is needed. However, students visiting the media center during class time need a pass from their teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are allowed to make up tests during class time in the media center with a note from their teacher. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Students are allowed to check out up to three books at a time, for a two week period. </li></ul><ul><li>Books not returned on time will have a late fee of five cents per day, up to $2.50. Students are charged the price of the book for all lost books. </li></ul><ul><li>(Rather than charging late fees for late books, incentives should be provided for students who return books on time. For </li></ul><ul><li>example, a monthly raffle should take place where students who return books on time can enter their name to win a worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>prize. Getting school clubs like Student Council or Key Club involved in this would be a great way to promote awareness of the </li></ul><ul><li>project and encourage students to check out books and read.) </li></ul><ul><li>Students can only check out books by scanning their Student ID card. If a student has lost their ID card, he must have it replaced before he can check out a book. </li></ul><ul><li>Students cannot check out reference materials, videos, or periodicals. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can check out videos and periodicals. There is not set time period that the materials must be returned in, but they are asked to return materials in a timely manner. </li></ul><ul><li>(Asking for teachers to do things in “a timely manner” doesn’t always work. People need deadlines. Teachers should not need </li></ul><ul><li>videos longer than a week, or periodicals longer than two weeks. Therefore, teachers should have this “deadline” placed on </li></ul><ul><li>their checkouts and be emailed if they are late returning items to the media center. This policy is needed to ensure that all </li></ul><ul><li>teachers have access to the materials they need in order to best instruct their students.) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Students may print in the media center, for a charge of 10 cents per page. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are only allowed to print in black and white. </li></ul><ul><li>If a student is in the media center with his or her teacher, and the teacher brings her own paper, students are not charged for what they print. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can also use the copy machine in the media center, for a charge of 10 cents per page. </li></ul>
<ul><li>WCHS has an Internet/Computer Acceptable Use Policy that is presented to every student at the beginning of the school year. This policy sets forth the guidelines for Internet and computer use. Students must sign this policy and abide by it in order to use the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>To access the Internet on a computer in the media center, a student must ask the media specialist to open up the icon on his desktop and explain to her his reasons for Internet use. </li></ul><ul><li>(The Internet should be blocked on the computers in the computer labs, also. The teacher’s computer, in </li></ul><ul><li>the front of the lab, should be able to unlock the Internet for students only when it is needed.) </li></ul>
<ul><li>The laminating machine is only turned on during all three lunches each day. Teachers can send things to the media center to be laminated free of charge during that time. Students are not allowed to use the laminating machine. </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin Board paper is available in the media center for teacher use only. Students cannot use the paper for projects or personal use. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can buy material from the “School Store” in the media center before and after school, during lunch, and in between classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Outside organizations can use the media center, if they have met with and received approval for their event from school administration . </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Wayne County High School media center has many positive aspects. With a few minor changes in policy and layout, the school will have a thriving facility that is completely operational and functional. </li></ul>