Library Media Program


Maura Fegel
Phone: 912-729-5687
Email: [email protected]

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.


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.

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.

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 Media Programs (c2)].

Accrediting Standards
Challenged Materials
Copyright Law
Flexible Scheduling
Gift Materials and Equipment
Instructional Equipment
Instructional Materials and Media Committees
Instructional Media and Equipment
Internet Acceptable Use 
Media Center Facilities and Resources
Media Center Inventory
Media Program Goals
Non-System Materials
Operational Procedures
Preparation and Certification
Professional Materials
Responsibilities of Media Specialists
Roles and Responsibilities
School Implementation
You Are the Key-Roles and Responsibilities


Congratulations to Mrs. Melodie Peeples

Melodie Peeples, Camden County Media Specialist of the Year

2020 Camden County Schools Media Specialist of the Year


(Camden Middle School 2016 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl State Champions)

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) began in DeKalb County in 1985 by Helen Ruffin, the media specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School. Helen Ruffin had served on the Georgia Children’s Book Award Committee and was seeking a way to get her students involved in reading these exceptional examples of quality modern literature. The HRRB is based on the Georgia Children’s Book Award List for the elementary and middle school levels. At the high school level the Georgia Peach Teen Award List is used.

Camden County began efforts to create a Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team in each Camden County School in 2004 and in 2005 the first county-wide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl was held. Because so many schools are now participating at the county level, only the winning teams advance to the Southern Regional HRRB at Valdosta State University, where the Early Childhood Department supports the bowl with their faculty, students, time, and facilities.

The first state-wide reading bowl was held in 2003 and was open to anyone who wanted to participate. The 2004 Georgia Bowl had only 15 counties participating, including Sugarmill Elementary from Camden County. By 2005, the Georgia Bowl was changed so that it determined the best team between the winners of the regional bowls. The Georgia Bowl is held each year during the Children’s Literature Conference in Athens as they help sponsor it along with Georgia Library Media Association and the Georgia Association of Educators.

The bowl team for each school consists of 5 students and 5 alternates. The competition consists of 6 rounds with 10 questions per round. The winner of the competition is based on the total number of points earned for the 6 rounds. There can be a tie and duplicate trophies will be given in the case of a tie except for first place in the Regional bowls and all places in the State bowl.