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Camden County Schools-Electronic Library Media Handbook
The Camden County Board of Education provides a media center in each school. Activities of the media center are coordinated by a certified media specialist with assistance from a media clerk or paraprofessional in accordance with state policy. Media specialists and teachers plan collaboratively. School media centers are never closed during the instructional day, and each media center is also open before and after school to accommodate individual and group needs.
The media center in each school is one in which students, faculty, and staff have access individually, in small groups, and in full classes to resources, the facility, and media personnel at the time of need. A scheduling calendar, on which teachers sign up for varying lengths of time appropriated to the planned activity, provides flexible scheduling and allows the maximum use of the facility and media services. Media specialists and teachers collaboratively plan activities to support classroom instruction and implement the state-adopted curriculum. Each school media center shall remain open to individuals and groups throughout the instructional day and school year.
Mission: The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished, as outlined in Information Power, Building Partnerships for Learning (American Association of School Librarians and Association of Educational Communications and Technology, Chicago: 1998), by:
● providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats,
● providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas, and
● working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
Goals: In order to provide effective instructional programs, media centers shall adhere to the following program goals:
● maintain a climate conducive to the students’ growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;
● assist students in the development of the attitudes and skills which will enable them to become independent, lifelong learners;
● assist students in the achievement of the curricular and instructional goals of the school program;
● provide access to materials and equipment that support a wide range of student needs, abilities, and interests; and
● provide a framework for collaboratively planned, instructionally related, unified media services developed at the local level.
The school media committee, under direction of the media specialist, shall create and routinely update a school media plan as directed by the Georgia Board of Education. [IFBD 160.4.4.01 Media Programs (c2)].