Media Center Handbook

  • The media center is open daily for individuals and whole group use. The media specialist will orient students to the media center policies and procedures. Teachers are encouraged to actively engage their students in media activities which support pleasure reading, research, and instructional objectives. Teachers are also encouraged to submit purchase suggestions for print and non-print materials to the media specialist. The media committee will serve as an instructional liaison to the media specialist. 

    Philosophy

    Puckett’s Mill Elementary media center is a welcoming, learning environment filled with resources for students and teachers to enjoy. Our primary goal is to provide information and services to support our students, teachers and Gwinnett’s Academic Knowledge and Skills. 

    Media Committee

    Gwinnett County School Board Policy IFAA states that the school media committee shall include the following members: principal, assistant principal, media specialist, students, teacher representative from each grade level, and community representatives. The committee shall be responsible for:

    • Material selection policies covering all instructional materials
    • Selection of materials
    • Challenges to instructional materials
    • Promotion of library services 

    Media Center Hours

    8:15- 2:45pm 

    Media Center Policies & Procedures

    Kindergarten and First grade students may check out one book at a time. Second through Fifth grade students may check out two books. Books may be checked out for a two week period. Overdue notices will be distributed to students quarterly. Students are not charged overdue fines, but circulation will not be allowed until all books are returned.  We want every patron to have access to Reference books so they will not be available for check out. Magazines are available for check out as well. 

    Student Service

    Students will need to grab a shelf-marker for book browsing whenever they come to the media center. Kindergarten students will need to be accompanied by a para-pro or a parent. Students need to have their book(s) and card scanned at the circulation desk before leaving. Visits to the media center may be 15 minutes long per small group. This time may be used for a variety of activities – browsing, checkout, and research. The open schedule allows students and teachers maximum access to the media center. Thanks for supporting our open schedule. 

    Teacher Services

    The media staff will be more than happy to pull books on any subject and place them on hold. Just email the PMES Media Center. Please try to keep books less than 6 weeks.  The media specialist will be glad to help your class with research projects, reference skills, or story time. Please see Mrs. Mays to sign up for a media lesson. Feel free to email or stop by the media center so we can chat about your lesson. If extra resources are needed after school, please contact any of the media staff for help. 

    Copyright

    Every educator is responsible for following the copyright laws and guidelines. The media specialist serves as the copyright contact liaison. If you have questions about copyright, feel free to ask the media staff. Need more information? Visit Educational Copyright Resources.

    Parent Volunteers

    Parents are a vital part of a good media program. Volunteers are encouraged to work a 2-hour segment each week to get more familiar with the kids and the media center. Volunteers primarily will help with circulation (checking books in and out) and shelving returned items. Volunteers are more than welcome to assist with special events such as the book fairs! Check with the media staff for details. 

    Closed Circuit Television

    Being rich with technology, Puckett’s Mill has closed circuit available for all classrooms to view educational media from the media center black box. This is a convenient way for grade levels or classrooms to join in watching educational productions at the same time. Sign up in the media center or send an email to the media staff to place you on the schedule. 

    Videos

    In order to maintain the focus on the Board adopted AKS and the commitment to providing students with an academic curriculum which continuously challenges them; teachers should select only videos that supplement the curriculum.  Supplemental videos must be approved prior to using them in the classroom.  A form is found on the shared drive.  Complete the form and return it in to your media specialist or supervising administrator one week prior to showing the movie. 

    The PMES Broadcast Show

    We are excited about building our Puckett’s Mill Elementary broadcast show. If you know a 5th grade student who loves to read, he or she may be a great candidate! Look for upcoming information from your media staff or contact Mrs. Mays for information.