MEDT 6461 ADMINISTRATION OF THE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER

3 Semester Hours (5 PM - 7:30 PM)

Fall 2000

Instructor: Leticia Ekhaml

Office Location: 148 Education Annex

Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Wed. 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Telephone: 770-836-6558 - Dept. Secretary

770-836-4446 - Office

770-834-6430 - Home

E-mail: lekhaml@westga.edu

Fax: 770-838-3088

Distance Support: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/webct3/main/help.html

http://webct.westga.edu:7900/webct/public/home.pl

http://www.westga.edu/~library/depts/offcampus/

http://www.westga.edu/~library/info/library.shtml

http://www.westga.edu/~distance/

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of the procedures in planning, administering and evaluating a school media program. This course meets at least 60% of the time via WebCT - a two-way interactive on-line course system.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

Through this course, students will demonstrate progress in the achievement of two NBPTS propositions that form the conceptual framework for advanced preparation programs in the College of Education. This course will enable the student to begin the development of a portfolio that could be submitted for National Board Certification.

Proposition 1. Recognize the individual differences of students and plan intervention accordingly. This course will help students recognize and appreciate the role media resources play in tailoring instruction to meet individual needs.

Proposition 3. Create, enrich, and alter the organizational structures over which they have control. This course will help students administer media programs in ways that help enrich the learning environments of all students.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will:

1. articulate their philosophy of an outstanding school library media center based upon its mission and goals (Woolls, 1999; Wasman, 1998; Prostano, E. T., & Prostano, J. S., 1999)

2. demonstrate understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the school library media specialist in providing the integration of the school library media program into the instructional program of the school (Woolls, 1999; Wasman, 1998; Prostano, E. T., & Prostano, J. S., 1999)

3. examine state guidelines, standards, and policies pertaining to operation of school media programs and personnel certification (Georgia Department of Education, 1990 and

AASL Web site (n.d.): http://www.ala.org/aasl/positions/index.html)

4. list school media-related professional organizations and publications (Woolls, 1999);

5. identify resources available to schools: Georgia State Department of Education, Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), Technology Training Centers, Georgia Learning Resources System, Georgia Learning Connections, Georgia. (GALILEO, GeorgiaNet, under Education)

6. master program planning, needs assessment, goal setting, budgeting, motivating and supervising personnel and program evaluation. (ALA, 1998; Woolls, 1999; Wasman, 1998; Prostano, E. T., & Prostano, J. S., 1999)

7. demonstrate knowledge of procedures (including automated techniques) for collection maintenance, circulation, weeding, inventory, and scheduling (Wasman, 1998).

8. relate current trends in education to their implications for school library media programs (Woolls, 1999; Wasman, 1998).

9. discuss the function and composition of the school level media committee (Georgia Department of Education, 1990);

10. develop interpersonal and group relations and strategies for effective communication (Morris, Gillespie & Spirt, 1983; Prostano & Prostano, 1999)

11. develop a program that recognizes diversity, cultural differences, and special learner needs. (Prostano & Prostano, 1999).

TEXTS, READINGS, AND INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

Required Text:

Woolls, B. (1999). The school library media manager (2nd ed.). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Information Power: Building partnerships for learning (1998). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

References:

American Association of School Librarians. (n.d.). AASL position statements. Retrieved August 21, 2000 from the World Wide Web:http://www.ala.org/aasl/positions/index.html

American Psychological Association (1999). Electronic reference formats recommended by the American Psychological Association. Retrieved August 21, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://www.apa.org/journals/webref.html#Web Site (Or: go to UWG, click Academics and Research, click Ingram Library, scroll down and click All Library Guides (Under Instruction); and then scroll down and click APA Electronic Reference Formats (Under Citation and Style Guides).

Biagini, A K. (1988). A model for problem solving and decision making. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Hart, T. L. (1990). Creative ideas for library media center facilities. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Henri, James, Monkhouse, R. E., & Williams, C. L. (1991). Managing the school library resource center: a selection of case studies. Metuchen, NJ : The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Karpisek, M. (1989). Policymaking. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Prostano, E. T., & Prostano, J. S. (1999). The school library media center (4th ed.).

Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited. ***

Wasman, A. M. (1998). New steps to service: Common-sense advice for the school library media specialist. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. ***

Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instructions, Instructional Media and Technology (n.d.). Design considerations for school library media centers. Retrieved August 21, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dltcl/imt/desgnlmc.html.

Media specialist handbook (1990). Atlanta, GA: Georgia Department of

Education.

GALILEO Resources (GeorgiaNet)

Handouts in TMC Reserve, UWG College of Education:

Anonymous, Orientation to the School Library Media Center How it can be fun! School Library Media Activities Monthly, 10, 29.

Anonymous. Orientation: Developing themes for the year. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 5, 29.

Anonymous. Focus on creating Book games for book week. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 5, 35.

Anonymous. Focus on library media skills for the young reader. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 5, 35-37.

Baule,S. First steps in planning for facilities renovation. Library Talk, 12, 6-7.

Browne, K. S. Making the move to flexible scheduling---six stepping stones. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 8, 28-29.

Gill, S. The car and feeding of volunteers. Library Talk, 12, 15.

Joyce, M. Z. I-search paper: a vehicle for teaching the research process. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 11, 31-37.

Kriesberg, D. The top ten ways to get your students to explore the library media center., School Library Media Activities Monthly, 11, 32-33.

Maxwell, D. J. Media starts with me: A guide for publicizing library and school accomplishments. Library Talk, 13, 7-9

Penn, M. 25 simple things you can do to get kids reading. Library Talk, 13, 15-16.

Repman, J. & Downs,E. Is it time for a policy checkup? Library Talk, 12, 12-14.

Revenaugh, M. A librarian's guide to the e-rate. Library Talk, 11, 32-33.

Stiles, L. Library Media Club-A middle school idea, School Library Media Activities Monthly, 7, 31.

Troisi, A. Attention deficit disorder and the elementary library media program. Library Talk, 12, 19-20.

Troisi, A. 105 things parent volunteers can do other than raising funds. Library Talk, 11, 10-12.

Van der Meulen, A (1999). Welcome back to the Library Media Center. Library Talk, 12, 15-16.

ASSIGNMENTS, EVALUATION PROCEDURES, AND GRADING POLICY

Assignments and Evaluation Procedure:

Time Line Presentation 10

Major Oral Presentation on Approved Topic 50

Group Reports 40

Problem-based learning chat sessions 40

Midterm 100

Final Examinations 100

Promotional Brochure/Newsletter 30

Procedures Handbook 60

Attendance and Participation 20

TOTAL 420

Note: For every unexcused absence during required sessions, five (5) points will be deducted from the final grade. Note: Webct sessions, except the chat sessions, do not require face to face meetings at a specified time and place).

Grading Policy:

390 - 420 = A

359 - 389 = B

328 - 358 = C

Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. Plagiarism occurs when a student uses or purchases ghostwritten papers. It also occurs when a student utilizes the ideas of or information obtained from another person without giving credit to that person. If plagiarism or another act of academic dishonesty occurs, it will be dealt with in accordance with the academic misconduct policy as stated in The Uncatalog. Undergraduate Catalg, and Graduate Catalog.

COURSE SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPIC

ASSIGNMENTS FOR NEXT SESSION
Aug. 23

Face to face meeting.

Discussion of course syllabus, expectations, assignments, grading policy, class rules. Completion of class survey.

1.Prepare for time line presentation Sept. 6

2.Read Chapter 1, 2, and 3, Woolls' text.

3. Read Revenaugh, A Librarian's Guide to the E-Rate

Aug. 30

WEBCT session. Module 1. (LION: Information resource for K-12 school librarians)

Possible Webct Chat with Curt Cearley, Ed Tech. Director, on e-rate.

1.Prepare for time line presentation,

Sept. 6.

2.Submit Webct Module 1 assignment.

Sept. 6

Face to face meeting.

HISTORY OF LIBRARIES:

Time Line project presentation

1.Read Chapters 4, 5, & 6, Woolls' text, Academic preparation, beginning the job, managing the MC Program, managing the facility

2.Read teacher's handout:

  1. Standards for SLMC in Mass
  2. Services provided by the LMS

3. Read teacher's handout, Description of Facility by Major Functions (from Literacy Partners: A Principal's Guide to an Effective Media Program for the 21st Century, Alabama State Bd. of Ed)

4. a. TMC handout: First Steps in Planning for Facilities Renovation by Steven Baule

b. TMC handout: Welcome Back to the Library Media Center by Ann van der Meulen

c. TMC handout: Orientation to the School Library Media Center. How It Can Be Fun!

d. TMC handout: Orientation: Developing Themes for the Year.

e. TMC handout:Browne, K. S. Making the move to flexible scheduling---six stepping stones.

f. TMC handout: Repman, J. & Downs,E. Is it time for a policy checkup?

8. Read Teacher's handout: Position Statement on Flexible Scheduling of AASL. Taken from http://www.ala.org/aasl/positions/ps_flexible.html

Sept 13 WEBCT session. Module 2: Standards; policies and procedures; preparation of SLMS; first week of school; LMC Orientation; managing facilities; flexible scheduling

1.Read Chapter 7, Woolls' text, Managing Personnel

2. a. TMC handout: "The Care and Feeding of Volunteers" by Suzanne Gil

b.TMC handout: "105 Things Parent Volunteers Can Do" by Andrea Troisi

Sept. 20

Face to face meeting.

Managing personnel: using student assistants, volunteers, and clerks; motivation

Possible speaker on volunteers and SLM clerks

1. Read Chapter 8, Woolls' text, Managing the Collection

2. Work on Webct Module 3.

Sept. 27

WEBCT session. Module 3. Managing the collection: inventory, weeding, circulation, classifying, cataloging, and processing

Midterm review

1.Read Chapter 9, Woolls' text, Managing the Budget; Chapter 10, Managing Services; Chapter 11, Marketing the MC

2. TMC Handouts:

  1. Anonymous. Focus on creating Book games for book week
  2. Anonymous. Focus on library media skills for the young reader
  3. Kriesberg, D. The top ten ways to get your students to explore the library media center
  4. Maxwell, D. J. Media starts with me: A guide for publicizing library and school accomplishments.
  5. Penn, M. 25 simple things you can do to get kids reading
  6. Stiles, L. Library Media Club-A middle school idea

3. Prepare for midterm

Oct. 4

Face to face meeting and

Midterm

Marketing and Public Relations; Library Media Club

Possible speakers on budgeting

1. Work on Wect session for Oct. 11

2. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation

Oct. 11

Webct session. Module 4. I-Search; Big Six; Electronic Citations. Chapter14, leadership and professional associations

(Note: Instructor in Jekyll Island Oct. 11-13)

1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation
Oct. 18 Presentation 1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation
Oct. 25 Presentation 1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation
Nov. 1 Presentation 1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation
Nov. 8 Presentation 1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation; chat session on PBL
Nov. 15 Presentation 1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation; chat session on PBL
Nov. 22 No class. Thanksgiving break  
Nov. 29 Chat session. Problem-based learning. 1. Work on Procedures Handbook; group project; oral presentation
Dec. 6 Class evaluation; presentation Prepare for final exam
Dec. 13 Final Exam, 5 PM -7:00 PM  

OTHER DATES TO REMEMBER:

Aug. 21-23 Late Registration and Drop/Add

Sept. 4 Labor Day Holiday (This will not affect our class)

Oct. 16 Last day to apply for spring graduation

Nov. 2-21 Advance registration for spring semester

Nov. 22-25 Thanksgiving Break