Presentation 11-25-2009

Presentation for SMT

  • Introduction
    • Basic demographics:
      • The current configuration of the libraries and learning resource center program serves students from pre-school through adult vocational services. Basically this group is broken into two distinct libraries:
        • Margaret Taylor Library – which serves pre-k through 6th grade
        • Henry Perkins Library – junior, senior high school
      • And two distinct Learning Resource Centers
        • Elementary or (LSLRC) which contains classroom teaching materials for pre-school through 6th grade teachers
        • JR/SR High (USLRC) which has materials for teaching older students.
      • These two libraries and resource centers are staffed by the Coordinator of Libraries and Learning Resource Center Services, the Library Aide (who is basically our cataloger), the Library clerk and the Elementary School teacher/librarian who reads stories to the students.


    • The difference between the materials kept in either the Library or the LRC is based on the following:
      • Would the student be able to access the item and/or benefit from the information on his/her own? (is it teaching material?)
      • Is the material of a sensitive nature such that we would not want underage students to have access to it?
      • Is the material of multiple copies so as to be used by a class (the libraries do not have space for sets of materials).
    • The third distinction is made for professional teaching materials that deal more with theoretical and practical issues in the field such as how to develop curriculum; research reports; conference proceedings; professional journals (e.g.: American Annals of the Deaf, Oxford Journal of Deaf Education, Exceptional Children etc.)
  • Also, we choose to participate in the State Library Interlibrary loan program. This allows us to continue our association with the State Library Consortium. ASD was a beta tester of the State Library Consortium ReQuest program that has evolved into ILL is part of this program. We have about 7 active borrowing public libraries. Through our membership in ILL we are also able to find materials we do not own which can be borrowed by students and any staff member.


  • Special events
    • Arranged by request from teaching staff and/or administration
    • Some ‘special’ activities are sometimes arranged by the librarian. These usually consist of interactive contests.
  • Specific numbers
    • Elementary school
      • Students: 56
      • Teachers: 14
    • Paces
      • Students
        • Elementary students: six
        • High school students: 32
      • Teachers: Seven
      • Counselors: Three
    • Junior/Senior High
      • Students = 95
      • Teachers = 26


  • Department Goals
    • Available at the blog site:
  • Program strengths
    • Large component of ASL materials
    • Many Deaf culture materials
    • Extensive high interest/low readability collection
    • Provide teaching assistance including preparation of PLP to teaching staff. Assistance with statistical information provided on request, too.
  • Areas needing improvement:
    • Communication
    • Aging equipment and furniture
      • Need to refurbish or replace computer tables, chairs and computers!
      • Need to replace tables and chairs
      • Need to add display stands.
    • Ambience:
      • weather in the library
      • decoration limitations for painting; floor covering and wall displays
  • Wobbly computer tables
    • Replace 3 tables for 6 computers with
      • 2 Paragon extra-large 3-station work center with leg twists for height adjustment making station accessible for wheelchair user @ 1,060/each from Demco. These work centers can be placed back to back to make a circle. If we get more computers, which we need, we could get one more circle for those. Total for 4 = $4,240.
    • Refurbish librarian work area
      • Meet with Fern
      • Meet with Jeff Bravin
      • Involve staff in discussion

Determine what can/cannot be done to solve heat/cold issue

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm  Comments Off on Presentation 11-25-2009  
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