JGMES Media Center Three-Year Plan:

From Library to Learning Commons

What is a "Learning Commons"?

"The learning commons, sometimes called an 'information commons,' has evolved from a combination library and computer lab into a full-service learning, research, and project space." -Educause

"The Learning Commons becomes the hub and the heart of the school; a place for teachers and teacher-librarians to collaborate to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills in students; a place for technology integration and experimentation; a place that is ‘owned’ by students and staff alike." - ASLC

The learning commons model places a greater focus on meeting the needs of students. This model emphasizes accessibility, cultivating community, flexibility, knowledge seeking and exploration.

Key Action Steps:

Increase student accessibility and flexibility of the space

Continue to grow and promote the Makerspace

Expand programming

Empower students & staff to take ownership

Increase Student Accessibility and Flexibility of the Space

Update technology to promote student use of the media center

  • Remove current desktops
  • Add updated iPads to be used in a variety of ways such as research purposes, e-readers and Makerspace uses.

Introduce e-books and e-readers to the library collection

  • Increase student and faculty access to e-books and devices
  • Educate staff and students on current ebooks available through NC WISE
  • Convert iPad 1's into e-readers
  • Encourage students to BYOD

Use iPads as catalog search stations

  • Remove desktop search stations
  • Purchase iPad stands and create movable catalog search stations using iPads

Create and install "device station"

  • Utilized for independent study and classroom use
  • Provide charging areas

Weed materials

  • Weed antiquated materials to bring in new and current fiction and nonfiction
  • Re-shelve/evaluate/weed boxed curricular materials

Include new, mobile shelving and/or furniture (coming in 2017-2018)

  • May be added incrementally- Active Learning Spaces Grant
  • Add comfortable spaces for reading and collaborative spaces for groups and classes
  • Increases flexibility and accessibility of Learning Commons

Empower Students & Staff to Take Ownership

Empower students
  • Allow for check-out all day (2016-2017)
  • Train 1-2 students in each class to be the classroom librarian
  • Create Dewey signage for students to easily find their own books (2016-2017)
  • Showcase student art

Empower staff

  • Purchase subscription to Destiny Standards Search
  • Train staff to use Destiny and locate resources (resource lists, standards search, etc.)
  • Create book order Google Form for ongoing student and teacher collection development input
  • Use data to help teachers and struggling readers (one-on-one book choices, parent conferences)
  • Combine MTAC with Leadership team and gain staff input on Collection Management Plan (started 2016-2017)
Using the Standards feature in Destiny

Expand Programming

Expand the Makerspace

  • Integrate all day use of the Makerspace (2016-2017)
  • Purchase Sphero and other robotics and coding tools
  • Purchase additional littleBits

Integrate programming into the school day
  • Lunch Bunch Book Clubs (In collaboration with Aimee Allen 2016-2017)
  • Incorporate more student volunteers in the Learning Commons
  • Expand Morning Show to a daily occurrence
  • Create a video production room for teachers to use throughout the day

Integrate additional evening programming to include families/community

  • Poetry Slam
  • Maker Fair
  • Student/Parent Book Group
  • Social Media 101

Expand collaboration with the community

  • Partner with Wake County Public Libraries
  • Establish summer book check-out options