Understanding the check in and check out of books is what you thing when trying to understand what a medial specialist responsibilities entail. After many hours in a media center environment, I have realized that this is way down on the list. The ability to manage a success collection ofmaterials, keep accurate records and add the best books that are suited for your school’s students. The ability to communicate with student, administration and teaching staff is also a requirement to create a enjoyable environment for everyone. A media specialist needs to understand the curriculum and assist student and teacher in accomplishing academic success with the best technology and software available.
During my summer semester, I have learned that a budget is an important tool to keep the management and orgranization of the media center running smoothly. A budget list the plans for the media program for the coming year. It is an excellent guide to keep everything on track with purchases for the collection as well as community or student programs. A budget identifies to the administrators what will be the plan of action for the academic growth of the students with collaboration of the media staff. I also learned that the public library works very diligently to improve the literacy of our community. They are very loyal groups of media staff that are excited and work very hard to support the reading programs of local schools with the summer reading program. Each media center that I experienced lab hours had different media programs. I enjoyed the variety of how each of the school library systems were designed and that each worked together with the Destiny System to maintain library organization. I have also learned many new technology ideas.
Technology is our future. In one of the research videos that I watched shared the statement "Infusion of technology in every faucet of the curriculum" and I think this needs to be the belief in every school district. Students need to be motivated.Technology is a way that the core belief of "The curriculum should focus on the child not the child focusing on the curriculum." Students need to be more interactive with the classroom teaching.Students have the ability to create their own work more readily. Teacher can use the internet to research and find out answers to question immediately instead of having to get back to students at a later time. I plan to use the many new methods of technology and to integrate those ideas into the classroom and the curriculum.
During my intern experience in the service of students,I enjoyed story time for both the middle school and elementary school students. A special needs class from the middle school came to hear a book about snakes. They moved in their seat but you could tell that they were listening to every word of the story, even answering questions about the book at the end. One of the fun story times at the elementary level was reading a book that the students already knew. The students would say the words as the story was read, making ita challenge to keep them reading at the same pace and not talking ahead. Story time for young students is very rewarding watching their faces react to each new word of the story. I enjoy reading with sounds and props.
Helping students research a topic was another exciting adventure for me. At the middle school, I helped a Korean student locate a book about the Korean War. The fascinating element of this service was the fact that I helped locate the book, check the book out to the ESOL student, and a couple of days later had the opportunity to check the book back into collection when he returned the book. It was fun to go through all the steps in a media center from locating the book, to check out, check in and re-shelf the book: A full circle event.
As a media specialist, it becomes necessary to collaborate with teachers and staff to develop academic success for all students. Teaching a lesson for geometric shapes that was requested by a kindergarten teacher was a wonderful task. I integrated power point technology, software technology, internet access, and hands on interaction with technology. I also had a rubric for the teacher to use to check for mastery of the task. Having the opportunity to collaborated with the teacher after the lesson with some follow up lesson to extend the curriculum was unique and gratifiying experience as a media intern.
It has been said that, “The best experience is hands on experience.” My experience with my internship is simply a wonderful adventure of hands on knowledge of every element of a media center. From turning on the lights in the morning, signing on the computers, and getting everything ready for the first patron to walk in the door. The main focus for any media center is to have current materials for both research and pleasure reading. Good readers should be the focus for every media program and school. Creating an orientation power point of how to use the library will help students locate books and understand the Dewey Decimal System as well as understanding the data in the Destiny Program for book information. Presenting this power point to staff and students was another rewarding and valuable part of the internship and will be an aid in helping make good readers this semester and in the future.
1044 Central Church Road
Midland, Georgia 31820
Standard 1:Use of Information and Ideas
1.1Efficient and Ethical1Information- Seeking Behavior
1.2 Literacy and Reading
1.3 Access to Information
1.4. Stimulating Learning Environment
Standard 2: Teaching and Learning
2.1 Knowledge of Learners and Learning
2.2. Effective and Knowledgeable Teacher
2.3 Information Literacy Curriculum
Standard 3: Collaboration and Leadership
3.1 Connection with the Library Community
3.2 Instructional Partner
3.3 Educational Leader
Standard 4: Program Administration
4.1 Managing Information Resources: Selecting, Organizing, Using
4.2 Managing Program Resources: Human, Financial, Physical
4.3 comprehensive and Collaborative Strategic Planning and Assessment