About

Media Specialist

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Position Description: The high school library media specialist is responsible for planning and implementing programs, selecting and providing materials and media, assisting teachers and students in the use of new technologies, assisting in curriculum development and integrating classroom work with the media center program, and regular evaluation of programs and materials. The high school library media specialist also oversees the media budget, determines educational goals, designs media center policies, and plans for upgrades of technology equipment in collaboration with the technology integration specialist and the technology department.

Services & Facilities

Circulation

Circulation services are available from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM. Students may check out books, graphing calculators, and chromebooks, as needed. There are also printing services available for students at the circulation desk.

Staff may check out any number of materials for months at a time, including reference materials, mobile devices for classes, and audio/visual equipment

For more information regarding circulation, see the circulation policies.

Facilities

The high school library consists of the main library, a computer classroom, a conference room, two group study rooms, a student lounge, a professional room, a library work room, a copy room, two AV storage areas, a teacher workroom, and a teacher lounge/kitchen. The library has two sets of double doors, as well as a hallway door to the computer classroom and a side door for staff use only. Fiction, Nonfiction, and Reference books are located in the tall shelves on either side of the library. Biographies and Reading List books are located in the short shelves on both sides of the library. There are also two small shelving areas for Graphic Novels and College & Career books. The library owns a set of 35 Chromebooks for use by classes and students, as needed. There are also two more sets of 32 Chromebooks for checkout by teachers. The computer classroom houses 24 computers. There are three group meeting tables in the middle of the library behind the circulation desk. The circulation desk is located at the front of the library where patrons enter. There are club chairs scattered throughout the library encouraging group conversation and solitary reading. Anyone looking for a specific book can use the iPad OPAC stations to see what is in our catalog.

Scheduling

Our library runs on a flexible schedule. Staff and students have access to the library and materials during our posted hours. Staff are encouraged to use the media center often for instruction during class projects and research. When Mrs. Massey not present at the circulation desk, please don’t hesitate to ask the student library aides for assistance. They have been trained to help locate and check out materials, assist with printing and copying, and even assist with some basic technology troubleshooting. To schedule a space in the library, consult the calendar and fill out a reservation form here.

Selection

The media specialist is in charge of selecting the materials for the library. She takes many things into account when choosing these materials and consult patrons such as students and staff, as well as professional resources. She takes the ideals of intellectual freedom seriously. She strives to select materials that represent as many different cultures, ideas, and values as possible. She believes this is a protection of the first amendment rights of her students and does not agree with censoring their natural curiosity. Rather, she strives to encourage students to learn all that they can to become informed, successful members of society.

  • Materials should be selected in diverse formats and levels to serve different kinds of learners.
  • Materials should be diverse in content to satisfy the interests of patrons and/or the curriculum needs.
  • Materials should be selected from the user’s point of view, not necessarily that of the media specialist.
  • Teachers should be consulted during the selection process for requests pertaining to curriculum needs.
  • Students should be consulted during the selection process for requests pertaining to leisure reading and subject interests.
  • Selection aids should be consulted when selecting materials for professional opinions.
  • Gifts or donations are accepted, but will be assessed by the school media specialist before becoming part of the collection. The media specialist reserves the right to dispose of unused donations however she chooses.
  • Materials should be up-to-date and relevant to the curriculum or student interest.
  • Materials should be selected based on the age and maturity level of students.

Selection Tools

Although I wish I could read every book I order for the library, there’s simply not enough time. Sometimes I have to consult professional review sources. Below is a list of professional selection tools I use when selecting materials.

  • School Library Journal
  • VOYA Magazine
  • Edelweiss
  • YALSA Awards and Lists

For information regarding donations and book challenges, please see our policies page.

Funding

The high school library strives to provide all patrons with materials and access to information that will help them think critically and become successful information users. That is why the media specialist tries to purchase and update materials based on patron needs, such as curriculum-based and leisure reading materials.

School/System Funding

Hewitt-Trussville High School and Trussville City Schools currently allocate no funds to library enrichment. The library depends on donations, fundraising, and grant-writing efforts for funding. We do gain a small profit by collecting for copies, printing, and laminating. We also gain a small profit from overdue fines on books checked out from the library.

State Funding

TBA

Information Ethics

All patrons have a constitutional right to seek information. I strive to provide materials that demonstrate all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials are not limited by the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation, nor are they limited by the origins, background, or views of those involved in the selection process. These views are in conjunction with the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.

Any challenges regarding materials in our library must go through the process outlined in the “Challenge and Appeals Policy.”

Privacy

In compliance with the American Library Association Code of Ethics, I do not share information about our patrons regarding information sought or retrieved, or materials consulted or acquired.

Copyright and Plagiarism

Information regarding copyright and plagiarism are built into many teacher’s curriculum throughout the school, but are normally reinforced during research projects. More information on copyright and creative commons can be found at http://www.copyright.gov/ and http://creativecommons.org/.