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Jeff Miller FRIT 7331 Fall 2013

Strategic Management Plan 2

School Library Services Overview: Our circulation policy allows students in pre-k through 1st grade to check out 1 book at a time. They are allowed to check out a second book for using with AR. Our school places a lot of emphasis on AR. Students in 2nd through 5th grade are allowed to check out two books. The students have two weeks to have a book out before it is considered overdue. If a student is late returning a book, they arent allowed to check out another book until it is returned. Students are allowed to read books in the media center, but the books must remain in the media center. In the past, students who did not return a book were required to pay for it. If they did not pay for book, they would miss part of their field day or have their report card withheld. We currently have 4 macs in the media center. The students are allowed to use these for looking in the catalog and for taking AR tests. Many times teachers will send students to the media center to take AR tests because some of the classroom computers dont work. Teachers are allowed to check out unlimited amounts of books. Teachers are allowed to check out any technology we have in the media center. We have one digital camera available per grade level. There are also 8 iPads that are available to check out. There are also 5 Smart Technology classroom remote response systems. These typically get checked out during CRCT review time. The media center is open from 7:30-2:30. Students typically dont come in to check out books until after 8:00. Our media center broadcasts a live news show every day so there isnt anyone available to check out books. The teachers usually set up a time toward the beginning of the year to come in for media lessons and a read aloud. The times that are set up are typically recurring unless there is a special event in the media center like a book fair. The times are somewhat flexible, however most teachers honor their regular times. Usually if a teacher needs to come in during a different time than they are normally scheduled, they can be accommodated. One new service to our media center this year is our BYOT policy. Our wireless services were upgraded to include this. There has been a time or two when a student has brought in their own technology from home to use. Being in a lower socioeconomic community, students typically dont have technolo gy to bring from home. There have also been instances when teachers have brought in outside technology to use on our wireless system and the new BYOT for Staff logins have not worked. It is certainly understandable to have some hiccups during this particular transition. We have leap pad readers and an assortment of software programs for struggling readers. The leap pad readers are beginning to be utilized by different grade levels. In the past they had only been used by

kindergarten and our special education students. Some teachers are now using them for our lower reading groups. Third grade students have been using them recently. School Library Facilities: Our media center is a relatively open space with a good flow. Both exits have easy in and out access without having to maneuver around bookshelves. Most of the bookshelves wind around the walls. Our non-fiction section is the exception. Two long bookshelves run parallel through the middle of the media center. Our reference section is located (if you are facing it) to the left of the checkout desk. There is a medium sized bin in front of the non-fiction section that contains the easy reader books. Three-fourths of the rest of the walls are where our fiction books are shelved. On the back right wall (while facing the check-out desk), you will find all of our series books. The rest of the fiction bookshelves form a U around the media center. We have two long rectangular tables and 2 circle tables for students to sit and hear lessons or study. There are also a few bean bag chairs strewn around the media center and a couch. To me, the paint and the carpet are a bit dull and sterile. The media center was painted two years ago, but the colors are neutral and not necessarily stimulating. Behind the media specialists desk there is her office and a small storage closet. Next to that we have a workroom that we use to broadcast our morning news. In this room, there are bookshelves of teachers resources, butcher paper, and bulletin board stencils. There are three more rooms that are located along the perimeter of the media center. One is a small workroom for teachers to bring small groups. Another is used as an office/workspace for one of our county technology specialists. The last room is a storage room that holds dated media resources (vcrs, tape decks, old ELMO overhead projectors) and our wireless routers. Our media center website can be located at On this website you can find resources for both teachers and students. Teachers can easily change passwords, look up lexile numbers for books, and find some technology resources. Students are able to look up books on Destiny, our online catalog and check and see if their favorite books include Accelerated Reader tests. There are also resources for finding series books and hearing stories online. I feel like the biggest changes we can make to our media center are aesthetic. I think that we need to get rid of the old, wooden tables and chairs in favor of more comfortable chairs, couches, and end tables. I think that the media center could make due with a paint job. I think that brighter, more energetic colors could be used. It might even be helpful to have older students create murals for our media center. These murals could either coincide with different books or forms of literature, or we could create murals to help boost school spirit. I do think the flow of the media center works well. There is plenty of room for students to comfortably check out books and enter and exit the media center. There is plenty of room to sit a whole class comfortably and have extra room for small groups as needed. I believe that overall, our media center is conducive to student learning. Our media specialist is very accommodating and always willing to help out a student in need. When they are there, the parent volunteers who help out in the media center are helpful and accommodating as well. One definitely feels welcome when they enter our media center.

Budget: After speaking recently with my media specialist, it is apparent that our budget is practically nonexistent. She says that, while she has to do it, it is difficult to weed materials from the media center because there isnt any money to replace books. She also said that she is very reluctant to withhold a student from checking out a book if they dont return a book, but has to, because she cant really replace books due to budget constraints. If I am correctly reading the 2013 System Salary and Operations Detail from the Georgia Department of Education, our county has 3,118 FTE elementary students. This was added from kindergarten, kindergarten early intervention, primary grades (1-3), primary grades (1-3) early intervention, upper elementary (4-5), and upper elementary (4-5) early intervention. I then added up the media center material section for all of these and came up with 47, 714. After dividing these two numbers, I got a number that equates to 15.30. So, from what I understand, our county allots $15.30 per student for media center materials. Im not sure how much this compares to other counties, but it seems to me like each child should get enough money to purchase one book per year. Of course, not all media center materials are books. There are other paper products and general office supplies that Im sure get folded into that mix. Im sure that our colored butcher paper and laminating film get placed under the tag of media center materials as well. So the total number of dollars to purchase books is probably way smaller than that 15.30. I will say that our county has been good with using SPLOST money to fund technology. Last year, our school turned one of our old classrooms into a PC lab to go along with our Mac lab. We were able to get 23 PCs. Each teacher was also checked out an iPad mini, and we have 8 extra of these in our media center for classroom check-out. Three years ago, each room was outfitted with a SmartBoard and projector and two years ago each room got an overhead document camera. In order to purchase more books, we do two Scholastic book fairs per year. I spoke with my media specialist about this and she said that our school gets a certain percentage of how many books we sell. We even get a bigger percentage for buying books with credit/debit cards. This money comes in the form of Scholastic bucks, which is basically store credit. This enables us to purchase new books from Scholastic. From what I was told we dont get a ton of money for this, so we have to be picky about the materials that we select. In years past, our media specialists have always made a big deal about putting new books on display. Unfortunately, the event of putting new books on display has been few and far between. I dont feel like we are adequately funding new books. This is not to say that we dont have materials for students to read and do research. In addition to our media center, we have a book room full of leveled guiding reading books that teachers use in their classrooms. However, with the Common Core placing more and more relevance on research and non-fiction, I feel that it is important for our schools to be replenishing our supplies of these materials and making sure that we have current materials for students to choose from.

References: Georgia Department of Education. (2013). 2013 System Salary and Operations Detail Report Retrieved from