Media Services provides familiar value in new location
Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Classroom teachers searching for additional resources and school library staff needing district backup now have a new GPS destination: 1126 Russell Cave Road.
Media Services, which is part of the Technology Department at “It’s About Kids” Support Services, recently moved from Springhill Drive behind Lafayette High School to a sprawling repurposed building a stone’s throw from West New Circle Road. The facility also includes FCPS warehouse operations, the data center and the Special Education Department’s Parent Resource Center; the Print Center and the mailroom at the district’s East Main Street headquarters are slated to move there in the coming months.
Media Services coordinator Joni Maloney and her seven-member staff are enjoying their bright, spacious areas upstairs.
“Before, we were on two floors and it was hard to help each other out,” said media technician Nancy Ward. “It’s unified our department and made it more efficient,” added Nell Valentine, who has been with FCPS since 1987.
Colleagues are cross-trained to provide technical assistance, library support and instructional resources. In the processing department, all the library books and audio/visual materials for Fayette County Public Schools are entered into a database. In the Teacher Resource Center, educators come to make posters and other instructional materials and borrow resources to enhance their curriculum.
“The bottom line is we know in the end, we’re helping student achievement by supporting the teachers,” Valentine said.
From books, DVDs, costumes and puppets to PA systems and an inflatable star lab planetarium, teachers can check out a range of supplies to engage their students. The 5,000-piece collection is available through personal browsing, online booking, or email and phone requests. There’s also a freebie room where teachers can gather up armloads of new and used donated materials.
“They’ve got a good variety to go along with the different units we do,” said Yates Elementary kindergarten teacher Kathleen Gunning, who had stopped by to use the Ellison die-cut machine.
Several pieces of equipment are on hand, including poster makers, laminators and a design center. A limited number of supplies are free, and the media technicians can assist or answer questions.
“Every school doesn’t have to buy the same thing. The teachers just come borrow ours,” as Ward said.
A conference table provides a central area for small groups to huddle, with ample parking outside.
“We do a lot of planning as a team, and now there’s space to do it and all the resources you need,” said Jill Robertson, who teaches first grade at Tates Creek Elementary.
Since her school’s library has been temporarily reduced to carts in a regular classroom, the well-organized and well-stocked Teacher Resource Center comes in particularly handy.
“We’re in the middle of renovations and we can’t get to anything,” Robertson said.
The new IAKSS facility gives Media Services staff more elbow room to process and store library materials for renovated and new schools. The staff also helps school librarians with annual inventories and record updates.
“By checking in orders and processing orders, we’re freeing up their time to be with students,” Ward said. “It makes their job easier.”
Did you know?
Each year, the FCPS media technicians receive and process some 30,000 print and audio/visual materials for school libraries districtwide.
If you go
Media Services open house
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23
Where: 1126 Russell Cave Road
Contact: Joni Maloney, (859) 381-3883