INFOhio Users Group Showcase Introductions--May 16, 2001

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INFOhio Users Group Showcase Introductions--May 16, 2001


    We are pleased to present our first INFOhio Showcase award to Beachwood City Schools represented by

    Randy Boroff, Assistant Superintendent and Jennifer Schwelik, Library/Media Specialist, Beachwood High School

    Beachwood City Schools is a district of 1500 students and 193 certified staff grades preschool through twelve located in an affluent Cleveland suburb. The district has earned an ―Effective Schools‖ rating by the Ohio Department of

    Education and Beachwood also is among the top three percent of technology-superior districts in the nation.

    Beachwood exemplifies forward thinking and is always looking to the next level of student services. The district supports teachers and students who are willing to take a risk and try something different. In this type of learning environment, libraries thrive. They credit INFOhio for providing the technological backbone to make seamless integration of information possible and for providing training for the library/media staff thus aiding the move to new frontiers of information.

    High school library/media specialist Jennifer Schewlik is well known in the library profession having served as INFOhio’s Electronic Resource Task Force Co-chair

    for two years and also currently serving as treasurer of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association. Last summer Jennifer and a Beachwood colleague spent a week in Washington, DC, in the Library of Congress Fellow program. Their resulting project is an on-line lesson for teachers and students across the nation to use. The digital project has prompted Beachwood teachers to pursue grant monies to begin a digital archive for Beachwood Schools.

In response to student learning needs, Beachwood’s libraries have begun

    investigating e-books. Their evaluation of this undertaking will be of interest to us all. INFOhio’s Web based catalog, now available across Ohio, was brought about through another Beachwood pilot program. Their sights are now set on a totally integrated single database of print, non-print, online resources continually aiming to help their students more efficiently find and use high quality information.

    We commend Beachwood City Schools for their efforts which continue to benefit Ohio students.


    Accepting our Showcase honors for Chauncey Elementary School are: Linda Rolli, Principal, & Lori Thomas, Library Aide, Chauncey Elementary stSchool, Laura Frederiksen, 1 grade teacher

    Along with Stephen Hedges, Director, Nelsonville Public Library & Linda Cochran, Youth Services Coordinator, Athens Branch

    Located in a rural college town setting Chauncey Elementary school is part of the Athens City Schools and serves 237 students kindergarten through sixth grades. Almost fifty years ago, the Chauncey High School Library served as the community’s public library as well. That sense of community cooperation is still evident today as Chauncey Elementary and the Nelsonville Public Library show us the great dividend of team efforts between public and academic libraries.

    Linda Cochran, and Karen Williams, a retired Ohio University librarian and project volunteer, offered their assistance to their community elementary school in revitalizing Chauncey library. The overhaul of the library included a thorough weeding of the collection and the addition of new carpet, furniture, and over 2000 new books. Utilizing MultiLIS Automation Software and INFOhio’s Union Catalog, the school became Athens City Schools’ first elementary to go online.

    The project was funded through a Reading Excellence Grant, money from the Chauncey Parent Teachers Organization, a Venture Capital Grant, and a $25,000 state award for improvement on the state proficiency tests.

    Principal Linda Rolli refers to libraries as the center of any school and reading as the key to student learning citing its vital place in every subject area.

    Congratulations to Chauncey Elementary and the Nelsonville Public Library for this wonderful community effort.


    Joining us today from Claymont City Schools for this recognition are: Kenny Trimmer, Board of Education Member, and

    Library/media specialists Kathy Wallace and Janet Warden

Imagine that your community’s unemployment is above state average and the

    median income is well below it. Imagine your district in academic crisis and

    financially ranked toward the bottom of Ohio’s 611 school districts. These are not pleasant statistics and yet they are real in some areas of Ohio.

    Claymont City Schools is a 35-year old consolidation of Dennison and Uhrichsville’s community schools situated in a picturesque and historic area of Tuscarawas County. Through legislative action and Ohio tax dollars, this winter Claymont High School’s 650 students moved into a beautiful and safe new building and renovation of the previous building is underway for a newly created middle school and junior high school. The day-to-day operation of any district falls to local tax dollars and these funds are still tight.

    Financially difficult times do not, however, reflect the dedication of the community or the school personnel. Unwilling to accept the status quo for their students or accept inadequate budgets for library materials, this district went to work seeking funds for their library program. In the past year they have applied for and received over $300,000 in grants from

    ; state and local family memorial foundations to supplement their library book


    ; a Buckeye Book Fair Grant to provide equal access to materials for their special

    needs students;

    ; a Reeves Foundation Grant for materials for their newly created junior high


    ; an LSTA Grant for computers to provide access to online electronic resources; ; and a Raising the Bar Grant for additional lab and library computers and

    computer peripherals such as scanners and digital cameras;

    ; These funds are in addition to last year’s Raising the Bar Grant for their middle

    school raising the amount received to over $650,000.

    The library/media specialists have participated in INFOhio’s Information Literacy workshops and have taught information literacy skills to every high school student and staff member during this school year. They have added these vital skills to their programs curriculum at each grade level. Part of their grant money goes to pay for a staff member’s extended day so that the students, many without home computers, have access to electronic resources after school hours.

    For their innovation and persistent unwillingness to settle for less for their students, we commend Claymont City Schools.



Accepting their school’s award today are:

    Joseph Lupo, Superintendent; Denise Kalmus, Assistant Superintendent; Robert Thompson, Principal; Betty Carter, Library/Media Specialist, Butler County J.V.S.D.

    Schools and agencies served by INFOhio may have their clientele in one building or they may find them miles away. Butler County covers 470 miles and has approximately 290,000 residents. Within the county is the D. Russel Lee Career Technology Center whose 4200 students come from ten school districts. This enrollment of mostly juniors and seniors attend classes at the Center or one of its Satellite Programs. There are 72 Center instructors and another 71 satellite instructors.

    Through their affiliation with the Butler County Area Media Center, D. Russel Lee has implemented both MultiLIS and Medianet for cataloging, accessing, and scheduling resources. Three collections -- Butler County Area Media Center, D. Russsel Lee Career Center; and Butler County J. V. S. Career Education are

    searchable in MultiLIS. Booking of these materials from remote locations is done through Medianet.

    The coordination of resources for this program is in the capable hands of Betty Carter, library/media specialist for the Butler County J.V.S.D. Betty was part of the original committee that had the vision of networking Ohio schools now known as INFOhio. She credits her supportive administrators, both at that time and presently, for making the commitment to the INFOhio vision. Their goal was to provide the right resource for the right student and instructor and to teach them how to use it. Another goal was to make all resources readily available and easy to locate. For the students and instructors at the career center and its satellite programs, this was accomplished through MultiLIS software and the Web based online catalog.

    As a result of these efforts instructors and students K-12 county-wide are now able to access these collections by using the Web Medianet software. Materials can be booked on-line from their homes or schools. It is also possible for their patrons to access other agencies and borrow from their collections as well.

    An added asset to the students has been the availability of the electronic resources which have expanded accessibility to materials but stretched the dollars of many districts.

    For taking INFOhio into the vocational program for their students we commend D. Russel Lee Career Technology Center.


Joining Lisa Santo, Media Center Coordinator, today are Fred Wolfe,

    Superintendent, and James Freeman, Tech Coordinator, Franklin County ESC.

    Sometimes the right resource at the right time means it must come from outside the school district. Collaborative efforts between INFOhio and Ohio’s Area Media Centers has expanded school services by utilizing Medianet software to provide online access for teachers to a statewide reservation and tracking system linking more than 35 area media centers, special education resource centers and regional professional development centers.

    The Franklin County Educational Service Center’s mission is to provide quality services that enhance learning. This market-driven agency provides cost-effective services to over 79,000 students and employees in 14 school districts in central Ohio.

    The Franklin County Media Center serves six of those 14 school districts with Medianet, the online catalog through which teachers select and order educational video and CD-Rom materials to enhance their curriculum. These materials are then delivered by courier to those districts. New materials added to the system can be readily available for the next delivery date.

    This agency’s service does not stop with just the provision of materials. A Media Advisory Council, composed of media specialists from each of their service’s districts meet several times a year for professional development and to give input into the selection of new materials for the media center. Each of the 48 buildings receives a personal visit from the Media Center Coordinator, who offers training to teachers and librarians on the use of Medianet and talks with them regarding their curricular support needs.

    Mrs. Santo serves on the INFOhio’s steering committee as the Medianet Booking Task Force co-chair where she is an active participant in INFOhio’s efforts to help teachers help their students.

    Our appreciation to Franklin County ESC and all area media centers for putting educational materials into teachers’ hands quickly and easily and for expanding access to materials beyond an individual school.


Joining us today from Hudson City Schools are:

    Joseph P. Siegferth, Superintendent;

    Maryann Wolowiece, Assistant Superintendent;

    Patty Picard, Director of Curriculum & Instruction;

    Marie Sabol, Director of Media Services;

    Nancy McKnight, Retired Director of Media Services

    Located in Summit County Hudson City Schools is a district of approximately 5400 students in a community, which expects educational excellence with strong academics through a research-based curriculum. The goals of Hudson’s

    library/media program aare

    ; To promote the life-long love of reading.

    ; To give children and teachers the materials to support and enrich what is going

    on in the classroom

    ; To teach students how to access, use, and evaluate materials.

    The library/media program has worked to make school libraries central to student learning.

    ; Information Literacy Skills are systematically taught as part of the K-12

    curriculum. This has been made possible by having seven library/media

    specialists and a library/media coordinator for the district.

    Print and non-print materials and electronic resources are introduced at the

    appropriate grade level in conjunction with the classroom assignment.

    For example: Grade five is introduced to SIRS Discoverer, and grade six learns

    to use Proquest and periodical databases.

    ; The library/media staff conduct information literacy skills programs for staff

    members across the districtincluding a weekly program during our built in

    professional development time at the high school.

    ; The library/media staff also publicized the library/media programs resources of

    INFOhio electronic resource databases and Hudson’s online catalog and the

    district’s purchased databases in an article entitled ―Searching – Not Finding‖ in

    the Hudson Hub-Times. This and the online Media Center’s Web page give

    students and community information literacy skills guideline and also ready

    access to the electronic databases and online catalog.

    ; ―Curriculum Nights‖ for parents are sponsored by the library/media staff to

    assist parents in learning about electronic resources available to their students

    and to guide parents in assisting their students in using these valuable tools.

    Congratulations to Hudson City Schools for their excellent demonstration of district-wide curriculum integration: a goal of all library/media programs.


    Accepting this recornition for Napoleon Area City Schools are Tom Jenny, Principal of Central Elementary, and

    Library/Media Specialists Kathryn Bisher and Tamara L. Bowers

    Sometimes making a single change generates further change. That has been the experience of Napoleon Area City Schools. Located in a small rural community of 9,000 in northwest Ohio, Napoleon is filled with German descended, close knit, family oriented citizens who value a good education.

    Funds to automate the district’s four libraries had been scarce due to limited budgets. The elementary and middle school libraries were struggling to provide resources and staff for their facilities. Napoleon credits INFOhio and its support for automation for changing the entire library program for their district. INFOhio’s

    coordination of a LSTA grant to automate the three elementary and middle school libraries and providing electronic resources for all of Napoleon’s 2400 students

    completely remodeled library services to the Napoleon Community.

    ; Electronic resources have provided every student with access to usable, current

    information instead of just surfing the Internet or using outdated print

    encyclopedias. Students at all levels are learning to use the electronic resources

    in the classrooms, in the library and at home.

    ; The library/media staff is providing instruction to students on the automated

    library systems which assists them in using the public library. ; The elementary library/media programs have been changed to a more flexible


    ; Consideration is even being given to include after school and summer programs

    at the libraries because of the improved systems.

    ; The library staff has seen a valuable emergence of resource sharing and are

    working together to increase circulation and improve operational policies


    ; The enthusiasm is shared. The students are excited about what has become

    available to them.

    Napoleon has shown the positives that change can bring to a district. Congratulations!


Representing Warren’s community and schools are:

    Trumbull 100: David Hamilton, Vice President and Don Dedow, Executive

    Director of the Trumbull 100 and John Taylor, President, Community Literacy

    Foundation of the Trumbull 100

    Warren City Schools: Betty English, Superintendent; Bette Steele, Executive

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Danette Currey, Resource Specialist of

    Horace Mann Elementary School, Warren City Schools

    Like so many other urban areas the city of Warren has been affected by a loss of industry. These economic problems certainly affect school districts and their students. Warren City Schools has been placed in Academic Emergency and has 57% of its 7100 students eligible for free lunch. In the twelve elementaries there are many positive programs in place to help students achieve including; Literacy Based Reading Program K-4; Ohio Reads; and The Primary and Intermediate Literacy Collaborative with Ohio State University. Also, there is extremely strong community support.

    The Trumbull 100 is a community service group made up of local area business and professional people committed to improving Warren. The group established The Community Literacy Foundation as a result of recognizing the need, based on proficiency scores, to improve reading literacy among students. Exposing children to literature and providing frequent opportunities for children to read became the primary focus of the Foundation.

    Consequently, updating and renovating the Warren City Schools elementary libraries became a major project of the Foundation. Funds for this project were raised through donations from businesses, the community and local foundations.

    To date, The Community Literacy Foundation has spent a total of approximately $400,000 on this project alone. A core list of over 2000 library books was purchased for each of the 12 elementary libraries. Physical renovations to the libraries included shelving, carpeting, painting, lighting, furniture and supplies. The $30,000 spent on automation and Internet connectivity enables student access to each building’s Web based library catalog and INFOhio’s online electronic resources. Through library automation the library staff have an efficient circulation and collection inventory system and have implemented more consistent library procedures throughout the district’s elementary and secondary library system.

    In addition, the district’s board of education has committed to increased staffing and computer placement in each library as well.

    Congratulation to Warren City Schools and Trumbull 100: a community/school partnership at its finest.

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