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Library and Media Center see useage rates triple

ERS collection recataloged for improved access, services added

This past year has seen a number of updates and improvements to the services offered at Educational Resource Services' Library and Multimedia Center. The center supports teachers and students with a robust collection of digital, print, and multimedia resources, along with training on accessing and using the materials and building digital literacy skills.

To facilitate the improvements, Library Media Supervisor Shelley Chappell reports that the staff recataloged the entire collection in order to increase accessibility and search capabilities. "With the library's One Search feature, users can now locate books, videos, websites and databases with a single search term," she said. The entire library staff also became trainers, traveling throughout the service area to demonstrate how to use these resources. Overall usage statistics have more than tripled because of this focus on supporting teachers.

Library and Multimedia Center

Also this year, the "Check This Out" subscription was introduced for teachers at contracting schools. This free service allows teachers to request materials online to be tailored to either a theme, reading level, genre, material type or subject area. Each month, the library team will put together a customized set of materials. Books, art, prints, videos, kits, and realia, along with lesson plans and digital resources are bundled and sent directly to the school, then picked up when it's time for the next delivery. Currently, over 100 Tulare and Kings County teachers are "Check This Out" subscribers receiving monthly kits.

ERS Library and Multimedia Center

The online Library and Multimedia Portal for digital resources features high-quality databases, ebooks and streaming video for research and educational support. These include Discovery Education, Education City, ProQuest SIRS Discoverer and eLibrary, Tumble Books and Tumble Readables, Teaching Books and World Book.

For more information on how your school can take advantage of these resources and support, please contact Shelley Chappell, Library Media Supervisor, at (559) 651-3042 or shelleyc@ers.tcoe.org.

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~ One of the new services that grew out of the update to Educational Resource Services’ Library and Multimedia Center was the “Check This Out” service. Teachers in contracting schools can request materials online to be tailored to either a theme, reading level, genre, material type or subject area. Each month, the library team puts together books, prints, videos, and realia, along with lesson plans and digital resources for delivery to the school.
~ The ERS Library and Multimedia Center also benefitted from a recent renovation. The collection and the teacher resource center was expanded and reorganized so that visitors can better access materials.