Schools that are planning to renovate, redesign, or construct a media center face many challenges. To help in these efforts, this booklet offers suggestions for planning and executing a media center project. It includes tools and resources that school personnel will need before mounting such a major project. Guidelines provided by the Library Media Program Advisory Committee are provided, featuring suggestions for basic tenets of design, location, functional considerations, library media center spaces, design considerations, communication systems, distance learning classrooms, and computer laboratories. Because technology now comprises a large part of school media resources, ideas on how to approach this concern are also presented, including numerous tips on automating a library system. Further information on various aspects of design can be obtained from a listing of web sites, Internet discussion groups, reading materials, and visitation sites, several of which are listed here. Staff support is critical in this kind of project, therefore tips on marketing the media center are given. Diagrams of 25 media center floor plans are offered and indexed according to various features, such as their audio-visual storage, classroom space, computer workstations, offices, and other designated areas.
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