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Strategic Management Plan

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CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
School Description
School Library Philosophy
School Library Mission Statement
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER: FACILITIES AND SERVICES
School Library Overview
School Library Facilities
Budget Sources
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER PROGRAM PLAN: GOALS,
OBJECTIVES, AND EVALUATION
Stakeholder Survey
Goals/ Objective
Evaluation
Advocacy
Contextual Analysis of The Learning Community:

School Description:
The name of the school is Saint Peter the Apostle School, SPA for short. SPA is a
Catholic parochial school in the Diocese of Savannah. The school is located on
Wilmington Island which is just east of the city of Savannah. Our logo is located to the
left. The mission statement for our school is as follows: St. Peter the Apostle School
exists to provide a quality Catholic education based on Gospel values and the
teachings of the Catholic Church. Following the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy,
the school educates through a strong academic program and instills a spirit of
mercy, justice, and loving concern in its students. Our slogan for the school is
“Together, we pray, we learn, we play.”
We have a five year school improvement plan. This year we are working on the
next five year plan. Some of the goals we are discussing to include in the plan are
increasing communication with parents, updating the technology by getting new
computers in the computer lab and new smart boards in the classrooms. Another
goal is to update the phone system in the school by putting a phone in every
classroom. These are just in the preliminary stages and we may add more.

Currently, the school goes from Pre-K 3 through eighth grade. There are twohundred twenty-three students with an average class size of about fifteen students
(Ross, 2014). There are twenty-nine faculty and staff members with twenty-three
being certified by the State of Georgia and one being certified by the Diocese of
Savannah as a Religion Teacher (Ross, 2014).
We use the Tera Nova standardized test giving in March for our Annual Yearly
Progress. Our scores are slightly higher than the average scores for the Diocese. We
have a speech teacher who comes twice a week for the students that need help with
speech. We, also, have a special-education teacher who comes in twice a week to
work with one of our students who has visual problems. There is a counselor who
works three days a week to provide individual and class guidance.
The school has a before school program, an extended day program, hot
lunches, if students prefer, and an intramural sports program for all grades.
Currently, we have a robotics club for grades fourth through eighth, chess club for
sixth through eighth grade, year book for seventh and eighth grade, newspaper for
fifth through eighth grade, science fair for seventh grade and choir for second
through sixth.
The library has one full time librarian with recess duty every day from eleventhirty to one o’clock. There is a computer lab next to the library which is open all day
for anyone in the school to use and there are three lap tops in the library for
everyone to use.
The library has one full time librarian with recess duty every day from eleventhirty to one o’clock. There is a computer lab next to the library which is open all day
for anyone in the school to use and there are three lap tops in the library for
everyone to use. Our selection of books is divided into Easy, Fiction, Junior Fiction,
Biographies, and Informational. The chart below shows the amount of the materials
that are in the library. The Fiction and Junior Fiction books are counted as one group.

Learning Common Goals for the Library:
*To make the library accessible to all students, staff and parents
*To provide a quiet area for individual work
*To instill a love for reading and learning
Wilmington Island is a small community which has about fifteen thousand, three
hundred and sixty residents (Loclalabs, 2014) . The population is predominantly
White with a mixture of Black, Asian, Hispanics/Latinos and other cultures (Loclalabs,
2014). The following chart shows the population make-up of Wilmington Island.
The median age for people living on Wilmington Island is forty-one (Loclalabs,
2014). The biggest group of people are the forty to forty-nine age group with the
smallest group being the eighty and older group (Loclalabs, 2014). The following
chart shows the age group and the number of people in that group. The median age
for people living on Wilmington Island is forty-one (Loclalabs, 2014). The biggest
group of people are the forty to forty-nine age group with the smallest group being
the eighty and older group (Loclalabs, 2014). The following chart shows the age
group and the number of people in that group. The median age for people living on
Wilmington Island is forty-one (Loclalabs, 2014). The biggest group of people are the
forty to forty-nine age group with the smallest group being the eighty and older
group (Loclalabs, 2014). The following chart shows the age group and the number of
people in that group.

The median age for people
living on Wilmington Island is forty-one
(Loclalabs, 2014). The biggest
group of people are the forty to forty-nine age
group with the smallest group
being the eighty and older group
(Loclalabs, 2014). The following chart
shows the age group and the
number of people in that group.

The language spoken on Wilmington Island is
predominantly English with some Spanish, European,
Asian/Pacific Island and other (Loclalabs, 2014). The
following chart shows the number of people who speak
the different languages.

There are no major industries on Wilmington
Island. In surrounding areas, we have Gulfstream, Ports
Authority and Dixie Crystals. The median individual
income for adults living on Wilmington Island is thirtyseven thousand, seven-hundred and sixteen dollars
(Loclalabs, 2014). The median household income for
married adults living on Wilmington Island is seventyone thousand, six hundred eighty-five dollars (Loclalabs,
2014). The percent of individuals living on Wilmington
Island below the poverty line is six point fifty-two
(Loclalabs, 2014).

Of the adults, who are eighteen years or older,
ninety-four percent have a high school diploma or
higher level of education (Loclalabs, 2014). The
following chart shows the percent of adults with a
high school diploma, a bachelor degree or a master
degree.

Philosophy:

To provide a collection of materials and resources to help students,
faculty, parents and alumni to excel and reach their full potential

academically and spiritually by providing a 21st century learning space
that will excite a curiosity and love for reading and learning.

Let me break down my philosophy because it has many layers. First, I believe
the library should contain a variety of materials including print (books and
magazines), non-print (e-books and the internet), audio (YouTube, TeacherTube,
Pandora, Spotify, CD’s, iTunes) and visual (DVD’s, Netflix, YouTube, TeacherTube)
formats for everyone to use whether they are a student, a faculty member, a parent
or an alumni. This, also, includes the use of computers, laptops, iPad, e-readers and
phones. The materials should help everyone regardless of what type of learner they
are to reach their full potential and excel academically and spiritually.

Second, I believe the library should contain 21 st century technology for
everyone to use. This should include i-pads, e-readers and laptops for anyone to
check out and use. Also, this should include the capability of everyone to use their
devices from home at school whether it is a smart phone, iPad, e-reader or laptop.
Another important factor is everyone to have access twenty-four hours a day, seven
days a week to the libraries resources no matter where they are. I believe that
filtering should be in place but should be set low enough where everyone can
conduct research without being worried with gaining access to inappropriate sites.
With the filtering set low, students have an opportunity to learn and practice
analyzing information from different sites and determining if the information is
credible.
Third, I believe the librarian should be willing to get involved in collaborating
with the teachers. This may mean teaching the teachers how to use certain software
or applications on the internet like Google Docs. Also, this could mean the librarian
should start the steps for collaboration with the teachers by finding the students’
weaknesses in informational technology by developing a pretest to administer to the
students’. Then, the librarian should contact the teachers and find out when the next
grade level meeting for lesson and unit planning occurs. The librarian should come
prepared with documentation, like the pretest, to show the teachers where her help
would be most beneficial. The librarian and the teachers could plan lessons that
would involve both of them in teaching the content area, as well as, the informational
technology area. The librarian would develop the process for teaching the specific
informational technology area and the assessment to see if the students gained the
appropriate knowledge.
Fourth, I believe the librarian media specialist should involve the community by
inviting them to volunteer in the library to shelve books or read to the students. I
would, also, ask them to be on our library committee to help plan for the future of the
library and to help with fundraising.
Last, I believe the library should be an inviting and comfortable space that will
encourage curiosity for learning and encourage a love for reading. There should be

quiet areas for individual work, collaborative areas for small or large group work and
comfortable areas for reading a book.

Library Mission Statement:
Together, as a 21st century learner, we learn and we pray.

THE SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER: FACILITIES AND SERVICES:

School Library Overview:

Services:
The services provided by the library are primarily for the students and the
teachers. At this time, there are no services available for the disabled because there
are no disabled students or faculty in the school. The main goal is to promote reading
for pleasure and learning by offering reading incentive programs, hosting scholastic
book fairs and bringing in authors, storytellers and presenters on various topics. The
librarian will conduct book talks about various books of interest for students and
staff. The librarian will provide a collection of print and non-print materials, as well as,
other resources that reflects the curriculum being taught and the individual interests
of the students and teachers. The librarian will provide individual, small group and
large group instruction with lessons on electronic resources, software and various
uses of the software, and equipment usage for teachers and students. The librarian
will teach information literacy skills by helping students locate, retrieve, evaluate,
analyze and use information for projects. Also, the librarian will teach students how to
use reference materials, take notes and cite sources. The librarian will integrate
technology while teaching the information literacy skills and advocate ethical
behavior on such topics as plagiarism and copyright issues. The librarian will
collaborate and teach with teachers in developing materials and ideas for units and
lessons. The librarian will fill orders for new books and resources requested by
teachers and students.

Circulation policy:

The circulation policy is different for students, staff and parents. At this time,
parents are not allowed to check out materials from the library. All students from
Kindergarten through eighth grade may check out as many books as they can keep
up with. Most of the students have two or three books checked out at a time. They
may keep the books for two weeks and then either return them or renew them. For
students in grades third through eighth, it is the students’ responsibility to request
that their book is renewed. If the book becomes overdue, there is a fine of five cents
per day late fee. For kindergarten, first and second grades, when they come to the
library, the librarian will ask if they have books to renew. There is no limit on how
many times they may renew the books. Staff and faculty may check out as many
books as they want and may keep them as long as they want with no need to renew.
If a book is lost, the student may either pay the cost for the book or buy the book and
then give it to the library.

Scheduling policy:

The library is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm. The library
is closed from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Students may return books during this time but
cannot check anything out because the librarian is at lunch and then has recess duty.
If a teacher is with the student(s), they can use the laptops, do research or work on
projects. The library has a fixed and a flexible schedule. All of the classes from Prek
through eighth grade have a set day and time to come to the library every week. This
is the fixed schedule. With the available times that are not scheduled are flexible.
Any teacher, class or student may come to the library to work on a project, check out
a book or work on the laptops. During the available times on the schedule, the
librarian can collaborate with different teachers. The librarian often will send a quick
email asking if any teacher wants to meet or will walk around to the different
teachers and ask if they would like to work on a special skill with a project they are
working on. This schedule works well because there are some teachers that are old
school and will not come to the library except at their scheduled time. The other
teachers like the flexible schedule because they have different breaks times and can
come and look for resources or learn a new skill from the librarian.

Assessment:
The media center is on its way to becoming a place for the 21 st century learner
to come, explore and learn. As of right now, the media center has the computer lab
for students and teachers to use for individual, small group and large group work.
The library has three laptops and is now in the process of buying six to seven tablets
for student, faculty and staff use. There are three cameras, with the ability to record
live action, the students, faculty and staff may check out for use.

The school is beginning a ‘bring your own technology’ (BYOT) program. As of
right now, the students may bring their e-readers to school to use throughout the
day. The faculty and staff may bring laptops, e-readers or tablets to use throughout
the day. Next year, the students will be able to bring tablets to use throughout the
day. The students have to get a signed permission slip from their parents to be able
to bring these devices to school.

The school does have a school website that is static. The website contains
information for students, faculty and parents such as the lunch menu, the calendar
and special activities and events. The students, faculty and parents cannot leave
comments on the website or add anything to the website. The website does contain
links to useful resources for the students. The school does not have a blog for any
type of communication.

Some of the learning common goals the librarian is working on in the library
include making the library accessible to all students, staff and parents all through the
day. Another goal is to provide a quiet area for individual work where a student,
teacher, staff or parent can use the resources in the library. The last goal is to instill a
love for reading and learning which the librarian believes is an on-going goal. This is
a goal that is worked on every day, every month and every year.

The philosophy for the school library is to provide a collection of materials and
resources to help students, faculty, parents and alumni to excel and reach their full
potential academically and spiritually by providing a 21st century learning space
that will excite a curiosity and love for reading and learning. The librarian believes
that the services are in alignment with the library’s philosophy. The library is
acquiring more updated technology such as the new tablets. The new tablets will
allow the librarian or teacher to work with a small group on different information skills
without having to go to the computer lab. Bringing in authors, storytellers, presenters
and speakers and having book fairs will excite a curiosity for reading by exposing the
audience to different types of books, stories and ideas. By having the reading
incentive program will encourage students to read and hopefully, they will learn to
love reading.

The librarian believes that general learning is supported through most of the
offered services. With the librarian working with teachers, staff and students, learning
is being supported. The librarian is seen collaborating with teachers to develop new
and interesting lessons that are not just pen and paper. The librarian is, also, seen
working with students and faculty learning about new resources online and new
software and different ways the software can be used. These different services show
there is learning going on and the librarian is leading this learning.

School Library Facility:

Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School consists of three brick buildings and a
trailer. The first brick building is the front of the school. This building consists of the
gym, the front office, a work room, the Spanish room, the Art room and grades Pre-K
3 through fifth grade. We affectionately call this the lower wing. The second brick
building is the Multi-purpose room because it is used for lunch, meetings, and parties
whatever you need and is located behind the gym in the lower wing. The third brick
building is the upper wing which is located behind the lower wing building and beside
the multipurpose room. The upper wing consists of the library, the workroom, the
computer lab, the science lab and grades sixth through eigth. You can reach the
library by going through the lower wing building or by walking around the building.
You have to have a swipe card to enter the lower wing building, the upper wing
building and the multipurpose room. Once the doors are locked, you cannot get into
any of the buildings without first unlocking the door and then using the swipe card.
The library is in the middle of the building with two entrances on either side of the
room as indicated below.

Let’s take a visual tour of the physical facility which includes the library,
computer lab and small workroom.

The Library:

This is the view looking into the library from the right entrance door. You can
see where the wall comes out into the library. This is the one large table we have for
up to eight people to sit and work together. We have the chess set on the table for
everyone’s use. This is a favorite game for all the students.

This picture shows the view from the left entrance door where you can see the
two desk in the middle of the room.

This is one of our six windows in the library. As you can see they are large and
let in sunlight. Throughout the day we adjust the blinds for the perfect sunlight. There
are fifteen overhead fluorescent lights which provide an abundance of light. The
librarian has the ability to control the lights with two light switches located at both
entrances to the library. The bookshelves hold the fiction books except for the last
one on the right. These bookshelves are tall and the lower wing students have
trouble reaching the books on the top shelf.

This is the smart board in the library. The wall where it is placed is not the best
place. The speakers for the smart board make it difficult to retrieve books on this side
of the book case.

This are the two book shelves. These are reference books for student, faculty or
staff use.

The standalone globe is a favorite with the students. They like to spin the globe
and try to guess where it will stop or point to a place and try to think of a food or
something you can get from there.

Our small magazine
rack holds a variety of
magazines for the students,
staff or faculty to use either
for pleasure or in
conjunction with a lesson
being taught.

This is our small table which can sit up to six people if we have to. The two
laptops against the wall are on desks and one is on the small table. All three of the
laptops are connected to our wireless wifi and are connected to the wireless printer in
the computer lab. These laptops use Barracuda for web filtering. The setting is low
and the students are able to access most everything they need. There is another
chess game.

This book case contains the biography books. The book case is very tall making
it hard for the younger students in the lower wing, kindergarten through fifth grade,
to reach the books at the top of the bookcase.

These three pictures showcases the informational books. They are somewhat in
the same area. The bookcase in the first picture is next to the smart board on the
other side of the entrance into the library. The bookcases are tall making it difficult
for students in the lower grades to reach the books on the top shelf. It appears there
are a variety of informational books but most of the books are outdated and obsolete
and need to be weeded.

This bookcase contains the Junior Fiction Books. These books are basically for
the second and third grades. One of my goals is to go through the fiction section and
move all of the Junior Fiction books to this section. This bookshelf is small so the
students have no problems reaching all of the shelves.

These three pictures are the books in our easy section. The shelves are located
together in a section. The books are located on the bottom three shelves which are
easily assessable by the students.

This is the volunteer desk. There is a computer and a comfortable chair for the
volunteer to sit and work. The volunteer can check books in and out for the students.
The only disadvantage is the volunteer’s back is to one of the library’s entrances.

Excuse the
mess but this is the
librarian’s desk. The
librarian’s desk is
situated in the middle
of the room which
provides a sight line
to most areas in the
library. As you see
directly behind the
desk is the small work
room which leads to
the computer lab.
This work room is for
faculty and staff only.
Students are not
allowed in the work room.

The Workroom:

As you walk into the
work room behind the
librarian’s desk, this is
your first view. The
back wall has a
shelving unit that is
floor to ceiling for
storage. There is a
small table with a
microwave and a
refrigerator in front of
the table for faculty
and staff to use.

If you look directly to your right, you will see the copier and a small shelf with a
phone, the recycling box and tissues. As this picture shows, the room is not very big
but it is sufficient.

These two pictures are taken from beside the small table by the microwave.
The first picture shows the entrance into the library and you can see another large
floor to ceiling book case and the second picture shows the entrance into the
computer lab.

The picture on the left is taken by the entrance to the computer lab looking at
the entrance into the library. The picture on the right is looking into the work room
from the computer lab.

The computer lab:

The computer lab has
two entrances. When you
enter the door on the right,
you see the door to the
small work room. The two cubicles contain the computer teacher’s computer and in
the next cubicle a dual screen computer to monitor the students activity on their
computer using the software Vision and a computer. All of the computers in the three
buildings have access to wifi and we use Barracuda as a web filter. All of the
computers in the computer lab connect to the wireless printer except for the
computer teacher’s computer which has its own printer. The computer lab has two
cameras that can be checked out for faculty or students use. The computer lab is the
first step for our school towards the goal of being prepared for the 21st learner. The
lab offers the students a place to work on research projects and presentations.

This is the entrance from the left side of the room. The room is quite large with
twenty-four computers divided into cubicles of two. The cubicles provide individual
student work or groups of two. The disadvantage of this setup is if you are in front of
the class teaching, you cannot monitor what the students are doing on the computers
and you cannot rearrange the cubicles for different group settings.

As the following pictures show there is a smart board that is interactive, a dry
erase board and a pull down screen that will display what is on the smart board for
the students on this side of the room to see. This set-up works well with large group
instruction. Also, you can have one side working independently while the other side is
being instructed with the smart board. In front of the computers is a stage from one
wall to the other wall so whoever is teaching can see over the walls of the cubicles to
see the students.

This concludes our visual tour of the library, workroom and computer lab.

The Environment of the facility:

The windows in the library are large and let in plenty of sunlight. Throughout
the day we adjust the blinds for the perfect combination of lights and sunlight. There
are fifteen overhead fluorescent lights which provide an abundance of light. The
librarian has the ability to control the lights with two light switches located at both
entrances to the library. With the doors open, you hear noises from the hall but with
the doors close those noises are no longer heard. The library shares a thermostat
with the science lab which is at the other end of the hall. The library is usually cold
throughout the day. The maintenance people are not able to fix this problem.
Sometimes, the library is used as a cut through to get from one hall to the other hall.
Generally, if there is a class in the library, the students, faculty and staff walk around
to get to the other hall and do not disturb the class in the library.

The Accessibility of the facility:

The library is easily assessable by the students who do not have any special
needs in the school. For students with any special needs, I think the library would not
be beneficial to them. For students with ADD or ADHD, the books are crammed on
the shelves making it hard to look through and time consuming. The students do not
have access to the library catalog so if they are looking for a specific book, they have
to ask the librarian or volunteer to look up the information for them. The space
between the different sections is not big enough for a person in a wheelchair or
scooter to maneuver around the library. They can come in and watch the smart board
and sit at the long table but that is about all they can do.

The Virtual Facility:

All of the computers in the three buildings have access to wifi and we use
Barracuda as a web filter. Each teacher has a computer and printer in their room for
their use. The staff members have a computer in their office and connect wirelessly
to the copier machine. All of the computers in the computer lab connect to the
wireless printer except for the computer teacher’s computer which has its own
printer. The three laptops and the computers in the lab are connected to our wireless
wifi and are connected to the wireless printer in the computer lab. These computers
and laptops use Barracuda for web filtering. The setting is low and the students are
able to access most everything they need without seeing inappropriate material. The
school’s website is a static site. There is no interaction available for parents or
students to leave messages or notes. This website contains links to other resources
for the parents and the students but not for people outside the school community.
The website contains information about the school, admissions, academics, spiritual
life, athletics, student life, parent information like the lunch menu, and the calendar
to name a few. The website URL is http://school.saintpetertheapostle.com/. As of right
now, the library does not have any eReaders or eBooks. We are in the process of
adding eBooks to our website for students and purchasing some tablets for the
library. Some of the resources that are available to the school community at school
and at home are as follows:

*Phearson
Encyclopedia
*United Streaming
*Teacher Tube
*Typing ABCYA.com
*Sadlier-Oxford Math

*Britannica
*CNN Student News
*Youtube
*BBC Typing
*Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary

*Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Reading

*Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Reading

*Free Rice
*Outlook Express for email
*Blest Are We: Faith & World
*Edline (posting assignments, grades, projects and email)

Analyzing the Facility:

Disadvantages and Improvements:
One of the disadvantages of the library is the bookshelves. Most of the
bookshelves are tall and the students in the lower grades cannot reach the shelves.
This problem can be solved by altering the bookshelves and making them smaller but
this involves money which is a major concern for most people these days. This is,
especially, a problem for our biography section and for our informational section
where I have to use the top shelves for the books. Another disadvantage of the
library is the placement of the Smart board speakers. The speakers are placed next
to the bookshelves that hold our informational books and the speakers block a
portion of the book shelf. To fix this we would need to move the books down so there
are no books next to the speakers but that takes away some of the space for books. It
appears we have a variety of informational books on these shelves but the fact is
that most of these books are outdated and contain obsolete materials. The
informational section needs some weeding. Another disadvantage of the library is the
placement of the volunteer’s desk which places the entrance, the junior fiction, the
biography and the parts of the easy sections at the volunteer’s back. All of the
previous disadvantages, I believe, can be resolved very easily by turning the desk so
her back is not to these sections of the library. The following disadvantages are
harder to resolve. The first disadvantage is the size of the library. The only way to
solve this problem would be to knock down the wall with the windows and expand out
but we can only go so far because of the placement of the walkway and the lower
wing building and this would take money but we are in short supply at this time. The
second major disadvantage is the placement of the shelves. The shelves cannot be
moved because they fit between the windows and if we placed any of the other
shelves against the wall with the windows, they would block the windows where we
would not get any sunlight. To resolve this issue, we would need money to purchase
or build new bookshelves for the library.

Barriers for the 21st learners:

I believe the biggest barrier to the 21st century learner in the library is money.
To acquire the resources and technology for the 21st learner takes money. Money to
buy tablets, money to buy laptops, money to buy wifi services to access the internet
for students’ iPhones, iPads, tablets and so on. Another barrier is that the technology
becomes obsolete within a couple of years. The technology industry is growing and
improving every year. The motherboard is getting smaller yet able to hold more
information. For example, the computer used to be a bulky machine that would take
up the whole desk but now you can get “Google Glasses” and have access to the
internet anywhere right in front of your eyes. I feel many librarians do not want to
spend money to buy tablets, computers or laptops because in a couple of years the
technology will be obsolete.

Elements that work well:
One element in the library I think that works well is the lights, as well as, the
windows. The lights work well because I can control if all of the lights are on or just
half of the lights are on. For example, I can be using the smart board and have that
side of the lights off for easier viewing and have the other side of lights on for
students or faculty looking for books, working on the laptops, taking tests or working
on assignments. I like having all of the windows in the library for the sunlight. Some
days with the blinds open, I do not turn on the lights and the students like the natural
light. Another aspect of the library that works well is the laptops. The laptops are kept
on the desk against the wall. Students can sit at the desk to work on the laptops by
themselves or they can put the laptops on one of the tables to work with a group.
The faculty, also, like the laptops to check out and use for online classes or for
traveling to conferences to take notes to share with everyone. Another important
element that works well is the location of the library. The library is located in the
middle of the building by the main entrance of the building. With the two entrances,
students and faculty can pop in any time to return books or check out books and
resources even between classes. With all of these elements working well, I believe
the library environment is conducive to learning. With the doors closed, the library
can be a quiet place to work. With the doors open, you can hear teachers teaching
and students talking and discussing ideas. There is space for individual work and
space for small groups. When I have a whole class in the library, I feel there is not
enough room for everyone. I have students sitting at the small table, the large table
and on the floor. For the most part, this works well because not all students want to
sit at the tables and feel more comfortable with sitting on the floor. I believe making
the library attractive is a work in progress, forever changing. You have to keep
changing posters and the books themes because otherwise the library would become
a boring room. I believe the library is conducive to learning for individuals and small
groups but not for large groups because of the lack of space. Overall, I believe the
educational climate of the library is positive. The students like to come in look for
books, work on the laptops, sit and chat with friends or play a game. Sometimes,
they just come in to say “hi” and see what is going on in the library.

Connections:
I believe the library is very important to the 21st century learner. The library,
along with, the computer lab provides the learner with all of the resources to go
beyond what is required. The library will provide the lessons to teach the 21 stlearner
how to search for information and then analyze that information to see what is
relevant and what can be discarded. The library and the computer lab will provide the
technology necessary to accomplish this task and then move on to the next level. I
believe that there is no such thing as the perfect 21 st century learning space. The
library will be constantly changing to adjust to the students and staff that utilize the
library every year.

The Budget:
The money for the media center/library budget comes mainly from the tuition
and some from the parish in the form of a subsidy, so the more students that are
enrolled, the more money for the budget. The media center/library, also, receives
funds from the Home and School Association, which is a set amount that does not
change and the book fair which is held once a year. The Home and School Association
donates one thousand dollars to the library every year. This money is allocated to
improve the furnishings in the library like the shelves, chairs, tables and desks. This
money ties into goals 1a and 1b of providing a comfortable space for the students
and providing sufficient space for the resources of the library. The librarian is always
looking for grants and applies regularly. The library does have a book fair each year
which does quite well. The librarian will allocate one hour each day to looking and
filling out grant opportunities through the internet. Also, the librarian will focus on
contacting local businesses to inquire about grant opportunities or large sum
donations. As of now, the funds are adequate for our goals but in order to expand the
library the budget would not be sufficient.
The following chart shows how the budget will be divided for the year. Since
one of the main goals for the library/media center is to upgrade the technology,
which is goal 1b, we allocated forty-seven percent of the budget for the upgrade of
technology. Our next big goal is to bring in more updated informational books, so we
allocated thirty-eight percent of the budget for informational books which ties into
goal 4a to continuously improve library resources and books. Thirteen percent of the
budget will go for new fiction titles and two percent of the budget will go for supplies
like glue and tape to repair books.

The following table shows the dollar amount of our expected budget. The
budget’s total amount is $5300 for the year. This amount does not include the Home
and School amount because this is not for the students but for furnishings only. The
student enrollment for next year, 2014-2015, is expected to be about 200 students.
Given the total amount of $5300 for the budget and an expected 200 students
enrolled for next year, the library will spend about $26.50 per student.
Category

Dollar Amount

Supplies

$100

Books (informational)

$700

Technology

$2500

Book Fair (Fiction/ Informational)

$2000

Home and School

$1000

THE SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER PROGRAM PLAN: GOALS, OBJECTIVES,
AND EVALUATION:

Stakeholder Survey:

For the stakeholders’ survey, I chose the students category. The survey
consisted of four questions. The first question asked was "Do you come to the library
for pleasure or for a class requirement?" As the bar graph shows, most of the
students come to the library for both pleasure and for class requirements.

The
second
question asked
was "Do you
like coming to
the library?"
There was a
unanimousness
answer of 'yes'
by every
student.

The third
question asked was
"When you come to
the library, do you
feel welcomed?" This
again was unanimous
'yes' by every student.

The fourth question asked was "What would you like to see added to the
library?" Since this was a write your own reply, survey monkey did not provide any
analysis because there was a different answer from each student. Some of the
responses included tablets, more room and more seating areas. Overall, the survey
shows the library as a welcoming place the students like to come and visit.

Goals/ Objective/ Evaluation:

Goals

Objectives

Activities

Evaluation

Timeline

1. The library
media center
facilities will be
visually inviting
environment
where students

1a.Provide a
comfortable
space where
students feel
cared about,
nurtured, and

1a.

1a.

1a.

(a) Provide 2 or
3 comfortable
chairs for
students use
while reading or

(a) After the
(a)2014-2015
librarian
Year 1
purchases the
2015-2016
new chairs, she
Year 2 and then
will administer

can feel safe
and supported.

welcomed

collaborating
with another
student. Year 1
buy 2 chairs
and year 2 buy
2 more chairs.

(b)Welcome
students when
entering the
library and ask
if they need any
help.

1b. Provide
cutting edge
technology to
enhance
student
learning.

the ticket out
process and
have the
students
answer yes or
no to whether
they like the
new chairs.

as needed.

(b)
Ongoing

(b) The librarian
or volunteer will
have the
students fill out
a short 2 or 3
question survey
about if they
were greeted
when they
entered and if
they were
helped when
asked.

1b.

1b.

(a) Upgrade
laptops and
tablets, after
researching
with the
computer
teacher.

(a)The librarian (a)2014-2015
will provide the Year 1 Purchase
sales invoice for 6-8
tablets
the purchases
2015-2016
when asked.
Year 2

(b)The librarian
will survey the
(b) Research
teachers to see
online resources if students are
with the
using the
computer
resources in
teacher and
their projects.
teach to the
students in a
small group
setting.

1b.

Purchase 6-8
tablets
2017-2018
Year 3
Replace 3
laptops with
new laptops or
tablets

(b) 2014-2015
Year 1 and

ongoing

1c. Provide
sufficient space
to house a
collection of
resources in a
variety of
formats that
supports the
curriculum.

1c.

1c.

1c.

(a)Replace
shelving to
address the
safety issues
presented by
tall shelves and
overcrowding
by having the
volunteer take
down the tall
shelves.

(a) & (b) Create
a checklist of
the things
needing done
and then check
off as each is
completed.

(a)2017-2018
Year 3

2a.

2a.

2a.

(a)Begin
attending grade
level meetings
once a month to
promote
integration of
library media
centers with the
curriculum.

(a)The librarian
will keep a
folder with the
notes from the
grade level
meetings
attended.

(a) 2014-2015
Year 2 and
ongoing.

(b)2018-2019
Year 4

(b) Have the
volunteer
architect come
in and map out
the library to
maximize the
space. For
example, all
informational in
1 area.
2. Collaboration
will be
increased
between the
teaching staff
and library
media center
staff to provide
students with
meaningful
research
experiences to
attain mastery
of information
literacy skills.

2a. The Library
Media Specialist
will expand
teacher
collaboration
and resource
sharing in order
to foster a
program that is
dynamic and
motivating.

(b)The librarian
will give the
(b)On faculty
teachers a
work days offer survey 3
classes on
months later to
learning how to see if and how

(b) 2015-2016
Year 3 and
ongoing.

3. The school
library media
program will
seek funds in
order to
maintain all
aspects of the
existing
program and
provide the
funds for
evolving
curriculum
initiatives.

3a. The Library
Media Specialist
will collaborate
with teachers
and
administrators
to develop a
budget that
maintains and
improves
materials and
services.

3b. The Library
Media Specialist
will maintain
current
information
about the costs
of library media
center materials
and services
and be aware of
school budget
changes and/or
limitations.

use different
resources in the
library and
online.

often they have
used the
resource that
was taught.

3a. The librarian
will create a
library budget
committee
which will
include at least
2 teachers, 1
administrator
and 1
community
leader to
develop the
budget.

3a. The librarian
will present the
budget to
school board
and have it
approved.

3b.
(a)The librarian
will keep
updated by
reading Journals
and articles
about current
costs of
materials for
the library.

3b.
(a)The librarian
will present the
information to
the budget
committee
when needed.

(b)The librarian
will provide at
least 3 quotes
when
purchasing
materials for
the library. This
would not
include bookseither print or
(b) The librarian non-print.
will research
different
vendors to find (c)The librarian
the best price.
will keep a
folder with the
notes from the
(c) The librarian school board
will attend
meeting.
school board
meetings
pertaining to
(d) The librarian
the school’s
will keep a

3a. 2014-2015
Year 1 and
ongoing.

3b.
(a) 2014-2015
Year 1 and then
ongoing.

(b) 2015-2016
Year 2 and
ongoing.

(c) 2015-2016
Year 2 and
ongoing.

(d) 2017-2018
Year 4 and
ongoing.

(e) 2014-2015
Year 1 and
ongoing.

budget.

folder of the
completed
applications.

(d) The librarian
will form a
committee to
investigate
community,
state and
federal grant
opportunities
and fill out the
applications.

(e) The librarian
will present to
the school
community
through a
newsletter how
many books the
library received
and a front copy
of some of the
(e) The librarian books.
will host a book
fair to acquire
new books for
the library.
4. The school
library media
center will
contain
exceptional
resources to
support the
students’
curricular needs
and recreational
needs.

4a. The library
staff will
continuously
assess and
improve library
resources with
regard to
collection age,
current
technology, and
collection
diversity.

4a.

4a.

4a.

(a)The librarian
with the help of
volunteers will
weed from the
collections any
materials that
are 10 years or
older.

(a) The librarian
will run reports
4 times a year
to check that
there are not
more than 5
books older
than 10 years.

(a) 2014-2015
Year 1 and
ongoing.

(b)The librarian
will survey
teachers
regarding
curriculum,
special projects
and themes or
units of study
and make
related
resources
available.

(b)The librarian (c) 2014-2015
will keep a
Year 1 and
folder with the ongoing.
surveys and
prepare a list to
acquire
resources as
needed.

(c) The librarian
will keep a
folder with the

(b) 2014-2015
Year 1 and
ongoing.

surveys and
prepare a list to
(c) The librarian
acquire
will survey
resources as
students
needed.
regarding what
types of
resources they
would like in the
library media
center.
Goals

Objectives

Activities

Evaluation

Timeline

Rationale for Goals:
1. The library media center facilities will be a visually inviting environment where
students can feel safe and supported. According to Empowering Learners on page
thirty-three, the guideline states “The school library program includes flexible and
equitable access to physical and virtual collections of resources that support the
school curriculum and meet the diverse needs of all learners.” Under this guideline, it
says the librarian should take actions such as “provides space and seating that
enhances and encourages technology use, leisure reading and browsing, and use of
materials in all formats.” The library has seating for technology use with the laptops
and tablets but these are not comfortable places for the students to relax and just
enjoy reading which ties into the mission statement by providing a comfortable place
for students to relax and hang out which is why this goal was chosen.

2. Collaboration will be increased between the teaching staff and library media center
staff to provide students with meaningful research experiences to attain mastery of
information literacy skills. According to Empowering Learners on page twenty, the
guideline states “The school library program promotes collaboration among members
of the learning community and encourages learners to be independent, lifelong users
and producers of ideas and information.” Under this guideline, it says the librarian
should take actions such as “collaborates with a core team of classroom teachers and
specialists to design, implement, and evaluate inquiry lessons and units.” This goal
was chosen because it ties into our mission/philosophy of teaching students about
different resources which will help the student complete projects for their classes. It
is important for the librarian to collaborate with the teachers so the librarian knows
what is being taught and what resources will be most beneficial and which skills will
help the student complete projects to the fullest of their capabilities.

3. The school library media program will seek funds in order to maintain all aspects of
the existing program and provide the funds for evolving curriculum initiatives.
According to Empowering Learners on page thirty-five, the guideline states “The
school library program has sufficient funding to support priorities and make steady
progress to attain the program’s mission, goals, and objectives.” Under this guideline,
it says “The school librarian seeks additional funding through fundraisers, grant
writing, and parent donation programs.” The library cannot grow and expand with
today’s budget and the economy. The librarian has to be able to initiate fundraising in
order to acquire the materials and resources for the 21st century library.

4. The school library media center will contain exceptional resources to support the
students’ curricular needs and recreational needs. According to Empowering
Learners on page thirty-eight, the guideline states “The school library program
includes a well-developed collection of books, periodicals, and non-print material in a
variety of formats that support curricular topics and are suited to inquiry learning and
user’s needs and interests.” Under the guideline, it says “The school librarian
“collaborates with the teaching staff to develop an up-to-date collection of print and
digital resources in multiple genres that appeals to differences in age, gender,
ethnicity, reading abilities, and information needs.” This goal was chosen because if
the collection is not aligned with the curriculum, the teachers will not use the
resources; therefore, the students will not use the resources, which would not align
with our mission/philosophy of providing updated resources for teacher and student
use. Also, if the collection is out-of-date, the teachers will not use the resources
because the information may be incorrect.