East Central Elementary 1502 Dean Avenue Rome, GA 30161 ____________________ Media Facility Plan Presented by: Velvet Ferrari FRIT 7132
East Central Elementary Schools Mission StatementThe mission of East Central Elementary is to provide optimallearning experiences in a safe environment, empowering studentsto acquire the knowledge to reach their full potential asconfident, life-long learners.
East Central Media CenterMissionThe mission of the East Central Elementary Media Center is to create a foundation of lifelong learning and make the media center the heart of the school. It is our goal to encourage students to actively seek and pursue knowledge, promote reading as a worthwhile and enjoyable activity, and assist students and faculty in becoming effective users of ideas and information.
East Central Media CenterObjectives To provide daily opportunities for students to browse, explore, and use all resources in the media center. To provide support to students in carrying out resource based learning assignments and learning activities. Teaching and Learning – The media specialist and teacher will plan activities and projects that integrate the classroom curriculum with Information Skills. These activities and projects will provide students with real-lie learning experiences that encourage the use of a variety of formats to address the different learning styles.
School/Media Center Data• East Central Elementary is located on the east side of Rome, Georgia.• The school opened in 1975, renovated in 1985, additions in 1989, additions in 2005, and renovated in 2007.• East Central serves grades K through 6th grade• There are approximately 510 students• Serves 65+ faculty members• The majority of the student population come from average to above-average income homes• The Media Center has approximately 14,000• The average monthly circulation is 3,498
East Central Media Center Learning EnvironmentThe Rome City Schools Media programs learning environment: meets the needs of both teachers and students by collaborative planning and use of library media services. provides a Georgia Performance Standards-based, flexible schedule, and open access learning environment. incorporates information literacy and technology instruction by the library media specialist and teachers. provides technical access and instruction for students, teachers, administrators, and staff. structures learning experiences that encourage users to organize, evaluate, and use information effectively. provides opportunities for staff development and professional growth for library media staff, teachers, administrators, and other members of the learning community. provides resource materials, equipment, and learning activities to support and extend the instructional program.
East Central Media Center Facilities and Personnel The Rome City Schools Media program provides an atmosphere that is conducive to student learning and is staffed by a skilled, certified library media specialist. The arrangement of each media center is conducive to both small and large groups. In each media center, the students have access to a computer lab that allows them to research, produce, and access information including GALILEO and other data bases. The students of RCS have access through the lab and school computers to Safari, which serves as an OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalog). Each school employs at least one media specialist. Larger schools may provide a second media specialist or a library teaching assistant.
East Central Media Center Resources and Technology The Rome City Schools library media program provides a variety of resources to support the diverse needs of all learners. The library media specialist: facilitates the use and integration of technology and information systems to enrich the curricula and enhance learning. provides current print, non-print, technology and online materials. organizes using a standard automated classification system. provides access to resources within the library media center and outside the school facility. participates in writing the school and system technology plans. participates in the assessment and acquisition of technology. provides and participates in professional development technology instruction. models ethical conduct and integrity in the use of the Internet and other electronic resources. uses existing and emerging technology to access, evaluate, and distribute information. attains technology competencies to enhance the educational process.
East Central Media Center Assessment and EvaluationThe Rome City Schools library media program practices continuous, collaborative assessment of the changing needs of the curriculum and individual learners. An annual evaluation, using an instrument/survey developed at each building level, provides data for the management and decision-making policies regarding the complete media program.
Media Center Special Programs Scholastic Book FairBook FairThe East Central Media Center sponsors two book fairs a year, one in theSpring and one in the Fall, with the proceeds going directly to the mediacenter. Each book fair includes a student preview day, and a teacherwish list that helps teachers build their classroom libraries. If a teachercompletes the wish list, then the media specialist will give them a $4.99book for free.
Media Center Special Programs Author and Illustrator VisitsEach year the school receives a visit from a published author and/or illustrator. Visiting authors are a great opportunity to get students excited about and motivated to read. Books for visiting authors to sign are sold through the media center before the visit. Previous visiting authors and illustrators include Michael P. White and Eric Litwin.
Media Center Special Programs Accelerated ReaderThe AR program is used school wide. It is used strictly as an incentive for reading. After taking the STAR reading test, students are given an appropriate level for choosing books. Once they have read a book, students take a computer test on the book and are awarded a word count based on how well they scored on the test. The media specialist and the principal set the reading goals for each grade level.There are several incentives for reaching their goals. There are five goals with the last one being the end of the year field trip.
Facility Useo Book Check-in / Check-outo Computerso Student Project Researcho Streaming Video Equipmento Live Broadcast /Morning News Programo Technology Equipment Useo Class Story Timeo Accelerated Reader Program Testingo School and Faculty Meetingso Special Events
Media Center PoliciesCirculation of materials:Check out: Elementary students are encouraged to check out materials during weekly classes. K can check out one book at a time, grades 1-5 can check out two books at a time, and grade 6 can check out three books at a time. Exceptions are made for class project needs and avid readers. Media Specialists work to encourage students to take responsibility for their own library materials by discussing strategies for keeping track of library books, and providing opportunities for materials exchange outside of scheduled class time.Loan Periods: Loan periods vary by school and grade. Generally students may keep items for between one and three weeks, depending on their school’s procedure. At East Central, student can keep books for one week. Materials may be renewed for two loan periods, providing there are no holds on them. Students are encouraged to return items to the media center as soon as possible so they can borrow new materials and to allow access for classmates.
Media Center PoliciesOverdue Materials: Overdue notices are printed out and delivered on a regular basis (minimum of once per month). When a student receives a second overdue notice, he or she may lose checkout privileges until the overdue item is returned.Lost or Damaged Materials: Annually, a considerable number of library materials are lost from school library media centers. These losses deprive users of valuable media resources and have an inhibiting effect on the school curriculum. If an item has been lost or damaged, it must be paid for or replaced. Items two months overdue may be considered lost and the patron will be charged as such if the item is not returned immediately.
Media Center Policies• If items are declared lost or are damaged, the media specialist will issue a bill with all replacements costs listed. If no response is received after two weeks, the media specialist will send a bill to the family through U.S. Mail or contact them via email or telephone.• Students who lose or damage materials beyond repair will be charged the full replacement cost, as determined by the original cost of the material or the cost to replace it in today’s dollars, depending on the age of the item. The media specialist may determine an appropriate substitute title if the original item is out of print. The replacement fine may be higher than the original price paid under these circumstances.• Students with more than three missing items may not check out additional materials without permission from the media specialist.
Media Center Policies• Students who habitually lose materials and do not pay for them may be limited to using materials only in the media center or classroom. Regular, appropriate access to media center materials and services may not be suspended for any students. Only home-based circulation may be curtailed if necessary.Refunds: If materials are found within the same school year, the fine will be refunded, unless the replacement copy has already been purchased. Fines for lost materials found during the summer months prior to a new school year cannot be refunded.Fines and Lost Materials Funds: Funds collected from destroyed and lost books are used to purchase replacement or new materials according to the media center collection policy. It is the responsibility of the media specialist to provide receipts to any students who pay fines, and to keep proper records of all library accounts.
Media Center BehaviorWhat Behavior is Expected in the Media Center? It is expected that an atmosphere will be maintained in the Media Center that makes it possible for all students and staff visiting to be productive. You should come to the Media Center with a purpose in mind.You are asked to keep quiet talking to a minimum so that you do not disturb others. No more than four students per table. In some situations, at the discretion of the library media center staff or teachers, students will be asked to sit no more than one or two to a table. Each student should have something to do while in the Media Center. If you are in on a Study Hall pass, it is assumed that you have properly signed out. Return to Study Hall in a timely manner.While using computer stations, please remember that in order to use the Internet you need to have current Internet access forms on file. It is also expected that you will have an educational purpose for using the internet. All students must abide by the districts acceptable use policy. Your teachers will assist in explaining assignments where online resources should be used and directing you to the sites to be used. If you experience problems or have questions please ask for help.
Positive Survey Findings Fifth Grade Faculty Responses Responses • The openness is• Like the computers great• Can go check out • Variety of books is books anytime good• Like the reading • Lots of computers center • Large storage room• Using Safari to • Good class sets locate a certain book • Area for an entire• The flat screen is classroom awesome • Nice selection of leveled texts
Negative Survey FindingsFifth Grade Responses Teacher Responses• Do not like the white • Book drop too close to tables check out area• Too many books • EnoBoard not hung need repaired • Need a full-time assistant• Too small • Too dull in color• No windows • Window in MS office• Can’t always get help needs – MS busy with a to be lower class• Can only check out 2 books at a time
Facility Changes Add 4 different color stripes at the top of the walls Since our school already has these stripes in the cafeteria, get paint from maintenance – no cost. Add more “kid friendly” seating Purchase large pillows for floor Purchase 2 child-sized tables and 8 chairs Redesign Story Time area Purchase reading terrace Install EnoBoard Have maintence install board – no cost Add new OPAC stations Purchase new circulation desk
Media Center Improvements Story Time Area Create a gathering space for children to participate in story time, puppet shows or any other show-and-tell setting. The maple hardwood reading terrace is made up of hinged panels and multiple levels that are naturally inviting to children. Floors are cushioned vinyl for comfort, durability and easy cleaning. Two levels of ten display shelves are attached to the hinged panels to keep your favorite childrens titles close at hand and easily accessible for young patrons. Each shelf measures 13-1/2"H x 19"W x 1/2"D. Measures 57"H x 65"W x 65"D overall. $4710.00. http://www.highsmith.com/search/reading%20terrace/ Gressco-KinderSystem174-Small-Reading-Terrace-10- Shelves-57quotH-x-65quotW-x-65quotD-c_21709086/
Media Center Improvements Kid Friendly SeatingGive kids a cozy spot forreading, resting or chattingwith friends! This resilientfloor cushion features azippered, multicolored vinylcover that removes for easycleaning. Filled withshredded foam for comfortand support. MeetsCalifornia Code 117standards for flameresistance. Measures 9"H x46" in diameter overall.4 - $123.00.http://www.highsmith.com/Four-Color-Vinyl-Floor-Cushion-c_25270770/
Media Center Improvements Kid Friendly Seating Affordably priced childrens tables are available in a variety of bold colors to give your library a vibrant, contemporary look. Constructed for years of dependable service 36"-diameter tables ¾"-thick, high-pressure laminate tops Solid-maple aprons 1¾"-square maple legs with non-marring glides Measures 21"H. Replace two adult-sized tables with two child-sized tables. 2 tables at $203.00 a piece - $406.00 http://www.highsmith.com/Colorful-Childrens-Library-Table- 21quotH-x-36quot-dia-Blue-c_21707679/
Media Center Improvements Kid Friendly SeatingMake kids feel right at home with library furnishings that are just theirsize! Sturdy maple construction stands up to everyday use in busychildren’s environmentsContoured chairs with waterfall seats measure 22½"H x 13½"W x15"D overall 8 chairs at $121.00 a piece - $968.00 http://www.highsmith.com/Community- Kinder-Table-c_21703921/ Replace eight adult-sized chairs with eight child-sized chairs.
Media Center Improvements OPAC Stations New! Inspiron 17R Includes McAfee & Accidental Damage protection. 2 laptops at $649.99 - $1298.00 http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17r- n7110/pd?oc=fndoy07&model_id=inspi ron-17r-n7110
Media Center Improvements Circulation Desk DEMCO® Liberation™ Circulation Desk Constructed of 3/4" thick, 7-ply veneer core plywood with oak veneer facing Individual captured tops are a multi-ply core construction with high pressure laminate surface Solid oak edge banding on all exposed edges Modular components make up the subtle styling of this functional circulation furniture. Each individual unit features a captured top within 29"D end panels allowing ease of rearrangement with minimal effort. All interior framing material is 3/4"-thick kiln-dried hardwood to provide structural soundness. Drawer fronts and boxes on all units are 3/4"-thick solid oak, and are easily accessed with full extension drawer slides. Units with shelves feature drilled pin holes to allow adjustability. Start by choosing either a recessed or level top desk, and continue by adding a variety of storage units and ADA components. ADA access units feature front leg room on the patron side, and a choice of shelving or leg room on the interior side to accommodate an ADA employee. Corner connectors in choice of 45° or 90° angles will give you the desired curve to define your space. Further customize your desk by selecting surface heights to fit your work needs. Hanging pedestal files and lateral files along with 2 styles of CPU holders will keep information close at hand, yet cleanly tucked away. Complete your arrangement with a pair of end panels required to finish the entire assembly. http://www.demco.com/goto?blk00083730&intcmp=BMR_00083730
Media Center Improvements Circulation Desk3 (A) Liberation Desk Unit w/Twin Drawers 36"W x 29"D WF12158820 EA $1,314.99 $3,944.971 (D) Liberation Recessed 30"H Worksurface Desk 42"Wx29"D WF12158950 EA $999.99 $999.992 (E) Liberation 90 Degree Round Corner Unit 29"W x 29"D WF12159220 EA $1,164.99 $2,329.981 (J) Liberation Book Return Front Slot 36"W x 29"D WF12158990 EA $864.99 $864.991 (M) Liberation Storage Unit with 2 Open Shelves 36"W WF12159120 EA $1,074.99 $1,074.991 (P) Liberation Storage Unit with Hinged Door, 2 Shelves 32"W WF12171880 EA $1,374.99 $1,374.99 Merchandise Total – 10, 589.91