CR Library Transformation Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Canyon Ridge Elementary School LIbrary is to connect learners with ideas and information; preparing students for lifelong learning, informed decision making, a love of reading, and the use of Information technologies.
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Transformation 2013-2014

Transforming the Teaching Space

Replace rug in primary teaching area

Rationale: a larger rug is needed to accommodate an entire classroom of students, up to 26 students.

Projected Costs: 417.31 - paid by CAF 2/14 (Reynolds - 13 foot by 6 foot half circle rug)

https://reynoldstx.com/store/items/alpha-shapes-seating-rug/

Funding Source: CAF

Time Frame: funded year 1



Add a multi-touch wall-mounted SMART board to primary teaching area and power source for further technology needs

Rationale: provide a place where learning is relevant, hands-on, technologically advanced and fun!

Projected Costs: SMART board - cost? - provided by District funds

Removal of shelving - $200 - paid by library services

One additional power source was added when SMART board was wired, unsure if this will be sufficient at this time - may need to add additional power sources

Funding Source: District funds/Library Services

Time Frame: funded year 1
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Transforming the Technology

8-10 Lenovo laptops for student use within the library

Rationale: our current laptops do not charge, connect to internet, or load most programs. Ipads are useful for much content creation, but not ideal for activities that require extensive writing, printing. Students also need access to multiple platforms to build flexible learning.

Projected Costs: unknown at this time

Funding Source: Bond Money

Time Frame: begin funding in year 2, extend into year 3 if needed

completed 5/2015 with 16 Lenovos



15 Headphones with splitters for iPads

Rationale: VDI computers and ipads are frequently used by partners, splitters and headphones will allow all students to hear without distractions.

Projected Costs: Belkin F8V234-WHT-APL Headphone Splitter - $3.99 each - (Amazon) - total $60 Califone headphones $10-15 each = $300-450.

completed 5/2015, 30 headphones purchased




Additional ebook resources (playaways, nooks - book specific devices)

Rationale: Students need access to both ebooks and audio books through appropriate devices

Projected Costs: Playaways are $40-60 - add a minimum of 10 playaways per year over the next 5 years. $500 per year

Nooks - 15 units at $57 each plus cases ($10 each) = total $1005

Content for devices - 5 devices for grades 2nd, 3rd; 5 for 4th; 5 for 5th - content $3000

Funding Source: Bond Money

Time Frame: year 3

Completed 5/2015 with purchase of 30 Nexus tablets as e-devices

Will continue to add Playaways on annual basis




This idea is being tabled for now, as the technology I am interested in does not seem to be feasible at this point in time.

Add an AirPrint Color printer for iPad projects and funding for ink

Rationale: all students are using the ipads for projects, including the class set within the library. Printing is currently cumbersome, requiring multiple steps.

Projected costs: unknown - a price quote request has been submitted to Jose at EdTech for further study - concerns are with getting a printer that is secure against wireless issues, and controlling ink costs.

Funding Source: Bond Money

Time Frame: year 2

Transforming the Space for all Learners

Student-friendly seating for recreational reading and gathering of small and large groups, both for younger and older students.

Rationale: student furniture should be comfortable and inviting

Projected Costs: younger students $1000 - paid for by CAF 2/14 (DEMCO)

http://www.demco.com/goto?BLS185841&ALL0000&es=20140311211420157340

older students $4612.50 - proposal given to PTA 2/14, approved 3/14 for $3075. Remaining amount will be covered with PTA library funding and CAF (Big Cozy Books)

http://www.bigcozybooks.com/?page=products

older students $ 1200 - DEMCO - funding source will be CAF (after book fair)

http://www.demco.com/goto?BLK00213934

Funding Sources: CAF (Book Fair), PTA grants

Time Frame: year 1 funded $5612.50, year 2 funding $1200

Still need seating for older students.



Increase age-appropriate bilingual resources for pre-k students

Rationale: our youngest students need access to bilingual materials at their grade level

Projected Costs: $800 (purchase 2-3 books per student)

Funding Source: budgeted funds

Time Frame: fund $400 in year 2, and $400 in year 3

Completed 5/2015 continue to add to collection

Transformation 2014-2015

Transforming the Space

Improved organization of fiction materials by genre, including improved signage

Rationale: improved organization and signage will increase student success in finding reading materials independently, deepen an understanding of genre, as well as increase exposure to different authors and series

Projected costs: $400 for genre labels, signage

Time commitment: weeding, sorting all books by genre (verifying through online sources, labeling, rearranging shelving, changing shelf location in online catalog, teaching students - 3-6 months

Funding Source: CAF - contact District Print Dept. for resources

Time Frame: begin year 1 and completed by mid-year 2 completed 8/2014
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Transformation 2015-2016

Transforming the Way We Learn

Materials for library makerspace - idea still under exploration - see spreadsheet

Rationale: provide a place where all students can have an opportunity to create and build, with a focus on STEAM areas

Projected Costs: $600 for start up costs

Examples of items: chess sets, Legos, GoldiBlox sets, gears, electronics

Also add sets of books that explore “how to” do crafts and activities

Funding Source: PTA, SAF/CAF, possible grants

Time Frame: year 2-5

Lego WeDo - 16 kits purchased 8/2015 through Northeast Education Foundation Grant ($1929)

3-D Printer added 8/2015 through Bond funds from NEISD Library Services

Squishs circuits, Light circuits added 10/2015 through CAF funds/Supply budgeted funds

Chess Sets added 11/2015 - no cost, already belonged to school

Sphero added 11/2015 with book fair funds

Dot & Dash Robot added 11/2015 with book fair funds


Designated space for Permanent Makerspace

Rationale: A Makerspace provides a place for students to work individually and collaboratively to pursue their interests, particularly with hands-on learning. A designated space will allow flexibility in scheduling.

Projected Costs: unknown, possibly some furniture costs & storage bins

Funding Source: PTA, SAF/CAF, possible grants

Time Frame: year 3-5

Transforming the Space

LIghtspeed microphone system for library

Rationale: this wireless microphone system allows for focused listening by students across a large learning space, allowing the full library space to be utilized for teaching.

Projected Costs: $1000

Funding Source: PTA or school fundraiser

Time Frame: Year 3-5


Remove remaining shelves in back teaching space & add interactive learning spaces

Rationale: expand teaching area to allow for more flexible learning space, add interactive learning areas - allows for students & teachers to control the best organization for learning: independent, collaborative, partners, groups. Collaborative space encouraged active problem solving and synergy.

Projected Costs: shelf removal - no cost/local custodians

furniture for librarian's office - $180

Interactive surface for walls (paint, wipe off boards, glass surface) - cost ?

Steps/timeframe:

Weed entire collection - 9/2015

Move tech storage into librarian's office/remove desk - 11/2015

Rearrange nonfiction collection to create space for biographies - 11/2015

Move biographies back into 920’s - moved 11/13/15

Remove shelves - winter 2015

Add glass dry erase boards to cover wood panelling

http://www.wayfair.com/Egan-Visual-Inc.-GlassWrite-Dry-Erase-Board-687786005-EGVI1001.html (48"x96" panel = $237 each)

http://goo.gl/mqrZgxn (Walmart 72"x36" panel = $195)

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/191018/Quartet-Infinity-Frosted-Glass-Marker-Board/ (48"x72" = $499)

https://www.magnatag.com/transparent-write-on-boards (48"x72" =$719 per panel)

Funding source: CAF, book fair, bond?


Add modular/flexible furniture to teaching space

Rationale: flexible furniture will be easier for the teaching space to adapt to different ages of students and different learning activities.

Projected Costs: tables/seats needed for 25-30 students at one time



Add standing desk for librarian

https://www.worthingtondirect.com/av-equipment/89786-diversity-presentation-computer-stand.htm?subclassid=2173

Time Frame: 2016

Funding Source: book fair, bond?



Purchase MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display for librarian use

Rationale: The addition of a MacBook with add the capability to transform ipad work easily, including video editing, printing, etc.

Projected Cost: $1880

Funding Source: unknown

Time Frame: unknown


Add electric drops or repair floor drops - need something more sturdy



PHASE 2: Student-friendly seating for recreational reading and gathering of small and large groups, both for younger and older students.

Rationale: student furniture should be comfortable and inviting

Projected Costs: http://www.ilikeoi.com/blogs/news

Funding Sources: CAF (Book Fair), PTA grants

Time Frame: year 1 funded $5612.50 younger students completed 2/14

year 3 funding $


PHASE 2: Improved organization of fiction & Nonfiction materials, including improved signage

Rationale: improved organization and signage will increase student success in finding reading materials independently, as well as increase exposure to different authors and series, include audio books in general collection

Projected costs: $400 for genre labels, signage

Time commitment: weeding, labeling shelves, creating pictoral and written labels for sections not purchased

Phase 1 completed 8/2014 - Fiction Genrefication

Phase 2 nonfiction - projected completion 12/2015

fiction/everybody books - projected completion 5/2015

Funding Source: CAF - contact District Print Dept. for resources

Time Frame: Phase 1: begin year 1 completed 8/2014; Phase 2: begin year 3

Reduce circulation desk area

Rationale: students are becoming more self-sufficient when getting books, therefore the need for a giant circulation desk is minimized. This space could be used more effectively for makerspace or student gathering areas

Projected Cost: none

Time commitment: 1-2 days of time to reorganize materials, then additional time for custodial staff to remove furniture

Time Frame: summer 2016