The only constant in today's educational climate is change, and media centers have to change in order to keep up with the ever-changing needs of our students. The last few months have brought many changes have occurred in the LMS Media Center, with more to come in the near future!
Liberty's Media Center has an open schedule which allows students access at any time during the school day. There are areas where students can work quietly, and areas where they can socialize and work together.
The media center now has two computer labs that can serve up to 30 students - the back lab has a projector and one will soon be added to our front lab. There is also a conference room that houses our professional learning collection, giving our teachers space to browse and study our professional materials.
A new floor plan that houses our non-fiction and reference collections along with a computer lab space allows students to have full access to traditional materials as well as digital materials, making their research experience a more comprehensive one.
We are reevaluating our collections and updating them - we are ordering electronic book resources will soon be adding downloadable audio books in order to take advantage of the BYOT capabilities of our student population.
We have augmented the stellar GALILEO research databases with Gale's Student Resources in Context - high quality digital research geared more toward the middle school learner.
Research indicates that students that read for pleasure consistently perform better in school than their peers that are not regular pleasure readers – to encourage more pleasure reading, our collection is broadening to cater to a variety of different levels and interests. The explosion in popularity of young adult literature is bringing more and more readers to the media center, and we’re crafting a collection that appeals to the more sophisticated middle school reader of today – filled with challenging, thought-provoking, funny, sad, intriguing reads.
We’re changing to meet the information literacy needs of Liberty’s students. Come by and see what we have for you!