SMMHS Library/Media Center Vision:
Our vision is to empower the school community to be equipped and competent users of information with a passion for learning and literacy.

SMMHS Library/Media Center Mission:
The SMMHS library/media center is committed to equip the school community with 21st Century skills in order that they may have a positive impact on their community, country, and world. 

Our Goals

GOAL #1:  COMMUNICATE REGULARLY WITH INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL IN ORDER TO DEVELOP CURRICULAR NEEDS BASED ON INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES AND INCREASED COLLABORATION

 

  • Use social media as a tool for communication (Twitter, Facebook).

  • Attend individual meetings with departments/grade levels to discuss upcoming needs and ways that I can support them in their teaching.

GOAL #2:  PROVIDE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THE USE AND UNDERSTANDING OF 21ST CENTURY SKILLS. 

  • Create podcasts and training tutorials on how to use technology

  • Train staff through tutorials, how-to instructional guides, and face-to-face classes

  • Use the newsletter to feature different sites and technological tools

GOAL #3:  INCREASE ACCESS TO MATERIALS FOR ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

  • Add more audio and ebooks to the collection for patrons to listen to text instead of/along with reading the text.

  • Add more age-appropriate materials to the “languages” collection for advanced students studying the languages as well as students coming to our school with a home-language other than English.

  • Add links and descriptions to the media center website so they are more accessible to students and teachers.

Our Facilities and Resources

Centrally located in the school, the SMMHS library serves the entire middle and high school population with one full-time librarian.  The library physical space includes a main area for group instruction, a small area for the desktops, the circulation desk, and the shelves holding our collections.  Additionally, there are two offices: one is the office of our head librarian, and the other is our school's gifted coordinator.  We have two labs; one is used full-time as a Teacher Innovation Lab, the other is our school's Learning Center where students come for tutoring.  The Learning Center is funded through MEF. Additionally, we have two large storage closets: one holds our general storage materials, and the other is our a/v closet.  This unit is particularly large, so it is also the home of our school bookstore, as it has a door that opens out to the hallway.  

  • Over 15,000 records or materials available for teacher and/or student check-out

  • 12 desktop Chromeboxes available for student use 

  • Chrome Carts (30 Chrome Books on each mobile cart for portable use)

  • Teacher Innovation Lab

  • 11 oversized chairs/couches for comfortable independent reading or conferencing

  • 15 large tables for classroom or group instruction in the main library area

  • Available headsets for use by patrons

  • Office supplies (stapler, hole puncher, paper cutter, pencil sharpener...), a copier, standard printer, laminator, and poster-maker available for use 

  • A workroom with 2 oversized tables for large projects

  • Equipped with updated, high-speed wi-fi for our county wide 1:1 initiative

  • 10 charging stations for the electronic equipment of our patrons

  • An assortment of electronic equipment available for check-out. With parent signature, students have access to Nooks, Flip cameras and other video cameras. Teachers have access to these as well as a collection of tv's, dvd players, microphones, microphone headsets (for classroom checkout), projectors, laptops, projector screens, audio recorders, iPad community earphone plug-ins, and more.

Library Media Specialist Annual Review Process

Each year the Library Media Specialist will take part in program- and self-evaluations in order to improve the workings of the library and increase effectiveness.  The philosophy, mission statement, and objectives will guide the evaluative process, and the following tools will be used to complete a thorough and objective evaluation of the LMS:
 

  • School Library Media Specialist Self-Evaluation

  • Administrative Performance Evaluation - the administrative team evaluates and meets with the LMS throughout the year and then for one final evaluation at the end of each school year to review successes and areas which may need improvement.

  • Student Evaluations - students will be given a link where they can complete a form in order to give feedback on how the LMS and facility has met their needs for the current year and ways in which improvement might be made.

  • Parent Evaluations - parents will be encouraged to give feedback through a link provided on the last newsletter of the year.

  • Teacher Evaluations - teachers will be emailed a link in which they are asked to make suggestions of sources for the upcoming year, provide feedback on the services provided in the current year, and have the option to make comments and suggestions for improvements.

  • Library Staff Evaluation of the LMS - Library workers, parent volunteers AND student aides, will be asked to give feedback in regard to the role of the LMS and the school library in general.  They will be asked for feedback on ways to positively impact the library in the upcoming year.


The data collected from these sources will be used to analyze necessary changes for the upcoming school year.

Last edited 5.2.16   No animals were harmed in the making of this site.

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