Learning Commons Handbook

LINDSEY LEARNING COMMONS

The Mission of the CCSD Library Media Education is to positively impact student achievement by establishing instructional partnerships, implementing evidence-based practice, and providing reliable resources in an environment welcoming to all stakeholders.

The Kincaid Elementary Lindsey Learning Commons will empower students to be enthusiastic readers,  skillful researchers, critical thinkers and ethical users and creators of information through direct instruction with students, collaboration with staff, and a media program that provides a variety of services, resources and materials.  We believe that every student should be valued for his or her unique qualities.

The goals of the Lindsey Commons and school library media programs in the Cobb County School District are:

  • To help students acquire the information literacy skills that will empower their intellectual, academic, and personal growth.
  • To provide access to information resources and materials that support the curriculum, serve as resources for differentiated instruction, and satisfy the intellectual and aesthetic interests of students.
  • To employ library media instructional practices that have a proven impact on student achievement.
  • To support fellow teachers through collaborative planning, co-teaching, and co-assessment.
  • To create open, inviting environments where students and staff feel comfortable seeking out information related to their academic needs or personal interests.
  • To provide the resources and personal assistance needed for students and teachers to locate, evaluate, and apply information to solve problems.

Hours of Operation: The Lindsey Learning Commons is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm for students and 7:15 am to 2:45 pm for staff. To reserve the commons for a meeting or an event, please see, call, or email the teacher-librarian.
Checkout Guidelines: Student checkout starts on the day of orientation in August and ends during the second week of May.  Students may come to the commons independently twice a day, and they must wear a pass. The teacher-librarian will provide the passes at the beginning of the year.  Kindergarten, First and Second Grade classes receive two passes.  Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade are allowed four passes each.
Classes take part in a weekly scheduled checkout block chosen by the homeroom teacher. This checkout is separate from lessons and permanently scheduled, but it can be changed at any time.
Number of Books Students Can Check Out:

  • Kindergarten- 1 book
  • First Grade- 2 books
  • Second Grade- 2 books
  • Third Grade- 2 books
  • Fourth Grade- 3 books
  • Fifth Grade- 3 books

Student materials have a fourteen-day checkout period. Materials can be renewed if there are no patrons waiting for them. Books and other library materials should be returned either to the return cart or checked in at the circulation desk so they can be accounted for. Reference materials are only available for use in the commons by the students. Exceptions will be given to teachers who are doing research.

Teacher checkout starts during pre-planning and ends the Friday of the last full week of school. Teachers may check out 50 items.
Commons Rules:
Be helpful.
Be kind.
Be calm.
Follow procedures.
Scheduling:  The Learning Commons operates on a mixed-schedule format for full efficiency and access. Our mixed-schedule provides for programing that is and controlled by the teacher-librarian and staff to guarantee use of commons resources, staff, and the facility at point of student need. We do this several ways:

  1. Open hours for individual students and staff all day long
  2. An open schedule for teachers to use for instances of collaboration or special             events
  3. A set schedule for whole-class checkout
  4. A semi-flexible schedule for monthly lessons.  The calendar will be published at the beginning of the month here.

Curricula: What is taught in the commons is based on grade-level academic and technological needs and state and national standards for reading, research and twenty-first century skills.  The curriculum will change as the teacher-librarian attends planning meetings to assist in developing units or planning for technology usage.  The first session in the commons will be orientation for both new and old students, followed by the initial book check out.

Program Standards

In order to achieve those goals most effectively, library media programs in Cobb are based on the following standards:

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S)

Curriculum Standards

The cobb library media programs provide both information resources and instruction that support the school curriculum.  Library media specialists collaborate with teachers to design, teach, and assess learning experiences which address the curriculum standards that involve information literacy. These curriculum standards can be found here:

Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core
Cobb Teaching and Learning System

The Media Technology Committee:  Every year the teacher-librarian selects staff members and stakeholders to represent administration, instructional technology, library media, students, grade level teachers, the community, and parent groups to serve on the Media Technology Committee. The teacher-librarian serves as the chairperson. The Media Technology Committee acts as the advisory group for the Learning Commons, helping make recommendations and decisions relating to planning, operation, evaluation, and improvement of the media program. Members meet twice per academic year. The meetings may cover policy issues, selection of materials and equipment, requests for materials and equipment, recommendations for purchase, existing problems, suggestions for improvement, review and evaluation of challenged materials, standards, and the like.

2016-2017 Media Committee Current Members

  • Administrator: Cheryl Davis / Budgeting and Commons Design
  • Certified Staff Members: Rhonda Stanley (K-2), Sally Thompson (3-5), and Heather Reynolds (Support Specialists) / Program Development and Professional Learning Community
  • Member: Barry Crocker /Events and Assets Management
  • Student Members: Benjamin P., Donaca T. /Collection Development and Student Involvement
  • Types of Materials in the Learning Commons Collection: The commons has the following type of resources: Picture, Chapter, Non-Fiction, Reference, Biography, Digital and Professional Development books.  We subscribe to student magazines, and professional journals and the local newspaper. Audio-visual materials include DVD materials which will be checked out by the teachers and staff and digital audio books.  We also maintain several database subscriptions.

Selection of Instructional Materials: Selection of instructional materials for the Learning Commons is the responsibility of the teacher-librarian in the school. The teacher-librarian also maintains a quality collection with proper weeding procedures and adherence to national, regional, and state standards for twenty-first century skills.  
Lost, Damaged, and Overdue Materials: Students will not be charged a fee for overdue books. Students will be charged for lost or damaged books. The price charged for a lost book or other damaged material shall be determined by the replacement value of the material indicated in the OPAC. Students who failed to pay for lost or damaged books will no longer have the privilege of checking out books till the fine is being paid.  Students who failed to pay for their fines may continue to use the learning resources within the confines of the commons. A student will not be refunded the amount paid for a lost book or material.  Teachers will be given a grace of one book.
Challenged Materials: It is the responsibility of the Media Technology Committee to review challenges to materials at the local school under the Cobb County School System Challenged Materials Guidelines.
Use of Commons Computers: All teachers, administrators, staff, and students are required annually to sign the system Acceptable Use Policy and adhere to system rules, behavior code and state ethics guidelines while using them.
Copyright Guidelines: All teachers and staff are expected to attend a copyright presentation in the first two months of the school year.  Any questions concerning copyright should be directed to the teacher-librarian.
Safety in the Commons:  Procedures for each of the emergencies such as fire, tornado, intruder alert, and bomb threats shall be posted, along with the map of the school and escape routes, near the exit door in the commons. Moreover, periodically the administrators and staff conduct school-wide drills related to these potential threats. The teacher-librarian provides internet safety and security information to various grade levels during the year.

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