Staff Procedures

In our information-rich times,
you can't live without the media center

Your Partner in the Instructional Process

Story Programs: Grades K-2 have a weekly 30 minute book exchange visit and a story program or instructional lesson. The weekly visit may be shortened to a 15 minute book exchange when the library media specialist is unavailable.

Book Browse/Exchange Visits: For the first quarter of the school year, grade 3 classes have a weekly 30 minute book exchange visit and instructional lesson. Beginning second quarter classes have a 15 minute book browse/exchange. Teachers in Grades 4-6 may schedule their classes for a weekly 15 minute book browse/exchange visit.

Instructional Activities: Information skills and technology skills instruction are integrated into the curriculum. When planning a research unit or technology project, please meet with the library media specialist to determine skills to include in the unit.

Examples of what the library media specialist does: Recommends and provides resources, prepares reading lists and bibliographies, teaches information/technology skills, gives booktalks, creates web pages with quality links, provides technology training.

Using the Media Center

Students may use the media center on an independent basis as individuals, and on a scheduled basis as an entire class. The media center is open throughout the school day to provide students, teachers, and staff with the opportunity to research and utilize all multimedia tools and resources needed to complete individual/class assignments and projects.

Teachers are encouraged to send students to the media center any time that they have an information problem to solve! Students should be allowed to borrow and return items as needed. Sometimes this may be on a daily basis.

Student Passes: Students do not need passes to come to the media center during the instructional day. Students must have passes to use the media center during recess. Each classroom teacher will be given 2 computer lab passes for use during recess. Library passes for recess are issued by the classroom teachers.

Schedules

Computer Lab: Teachers schedule the computer lab by using the MCS Computer Lab Calendar on FirstClass. Please plan classroom projects with the library media specialist. The library media specialist can help you with technology integration. You may only schedule your class up to 2 weeks in advance, unless you plan a project with the library media specialist.

Please include the following on the FirstClass Media Center Calendar:

  • Your Name and Time needed
  • # of computers needed
  • Project & software program

Mobile Lab: Teachers schedule the mobile lab by using the MCS Mobile Lab Calendar on FirstClass. You may only schedule your class up to 2 weeks in advance, unless you plan a project with the library media specialist.

Library: Teachers schedule whole class use of the library by meeting with the library media specialist.

The classroom teacher is expected to remain with the class.

Equipment: AV equipment and technology equipment may be reserved by using the Equipment Schedule located in the media center. All equipment must be signed out of the media center. An equipment release form must be completed when equipment is taken out of the school building.

Supplies

The media center is responsible for ordering supplies to meet the staff’s needs. In the media center work room you will find the following supplies: DVD-R and CD-R discs, digital mini DV tapes, video and audio tapes, batteries, bulbs for overhead projectors, photo quality paper and photo printer supplies. Please record supplies that you take on the paper attached to the cabinets. This helps us determine what and when to reorder supplies. Overhead transparencies for the copy machine and laminating film are located in the basement near the machines.

Your Suggestions and Feedback

Suggestions for additions to our collection from staff are given top priority. Your ideas and recommendations are most welcome and appreciated. Please feel free to give us your input or feedback at any time.

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