The Athens School District has two Information-Technology-Literacy Centers (ITLC); one based at the middle school-high school facility, and the other at the elementary facility. There are both student-friendly places, where literacy, learning and technology are given top priority. Students with this type of environment tend to do better with reading comprehension and basic research skills.

It is the mission of the ITLC to work with technology administrators, classroom teachers and administrative leaders as a team. Working as a team can provide the students of this district the best possible education to bring them to become members of an increasingly knowledge-based society. We want to expose our students to the global community in as many ways as possibly, and information and access to it are ever so important. The students of the Athens School District are supported to strengthen their skills in reading, synthesizing, evaluating and most importantly to be able to organize and communicate these skills in real-world situations.

The ITLC coordinator works with classroom teachers on integrating technology into their classroom curriculum through projects, demonstrations in the classrooms, and meeting with them one-on-one. Students in the Athens School District are lent a Chromebook to use. These Chromebooks stay in school and are to be plugged in to a charging station after school each day. The ITLC coordinator will continue to integrate library skills and technology with the common core standards. Enhancing student's learning through technology is a goal for all teachers. The elementary library has a Smartboard and and two desk-top computers for checkout. There are also four chromebox computers for our on-line card catalog system--Follett Destiny. The middle school-high school library has one check-out station, a second desk top for use with a Smartboard that is attached, and two chromebox computers for students to use the on-line catalog. Most study halls are based in the ITLC.

Library Media Services (including staffing)

The School District of Athens ITLC staff includes:  a 0.83 FTE Media Specialist, with a .028 Mentor based out of CESA 12, and .85 FTE Library Aide in the middle school/high school.

The library at the elementary school is open by 12:15 pm each afternoon of the week with a closing time of 3:30 pm.  The library is available for after school activities, including the Homework Help Club.  

The ITLC (Information, Technology, Literacy Center) at the middle school/high school facility is open at 7:30 am each morning, and continues to operate until 3:30 pm.  The center is available for student to come in and use a computer to complete homework and projects.  Clubs also use the area for meetings when necessitated.

Teachers and students are able to access a number of on-line resources from the district webpage.  Teachers have resources such as: edHelper,  Book Flix, A-Z Learning , Safari Montage, and Accelerated Reader.   The Students have access to Badgerlink and use it for many of their research-type projects.  Students also use the on-line card catalog for the Follett Destiny program.  The school's webpage shows many Web 2.0 tools to assist both teachers and students with projects.  Being a school that uses Google tools, students are able to work on collaborative projects.

Library Media Collection Mapping Analysis

At the elementary school library, the weeding process has been ongoing. Using TitleWise Collection Analysis and CREW (Weeding Guide) the materials have been carefully updated as the guidelines have stated. From July of 2015 through March of 2016, approximately 324 pieces of material were weeded from a collection of 13,000. Many books and DVDs have been purchased to replace and replenish needed areas.

At the ITLC, the collection has also been weeded. Also using TitleWise Collection Analysis and the CREW guide, from July of 2015 through March of 2016, 286 books were weeded from a collection of 8,300. Many new non-fiction books were added to this collection to make it more user friendly for middle school and high school students for multiple research assignments. Teachers in this districts tend to use a nice mix of on-line research and print materials, including reference materials.

Please click on TitleWise Links to view the Collection Analysis Reports:

Library Usage Report

At the elementary school library, students have library classes weekly for a half-hour each. There is also a general check-out time for classes to come in to get extra materials for the weekend or holiday. Students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten each check out one book, students in first and second grades can check out a maximum of three books to include one book that may be more teacher specified. Third graders may have three books, fourth graders may have four books and fifth graders may have five books. Older students may choose not to check anything out. Students in younger grades may be allowed to check out more if they are participating in Accelerated Reader. Total circulations from July of 2015 to March 15, 2016 are approximately 8,979.

Circulation for non-fiction is as follows for July 2015 to March 15, 2016:

000-099 100-199 200-299 300-399 400-499 500-599 600-699 700-799 800-899 900-999
 293 99 2148  3 585 1,061 1,381 175 317
 7.29% 2.46% .005% 3.68% .07% 14.56% 25.28% 34.36% 4.35% 7.89%

Fiction circulation from July 2015 to March 15, 2016:

 Easy FictionFiction
 2,088 1,840

At the middle school-high school library, students in middle school come in once a week to check out books.  They do have the choice of not checking anything out if they wish.  High school students use the library as needed, but tend to use non-fiction for reports most often.  Fiction does get checked out for high school students, but it usually is for a project. Magazines are popular for enjoyment by both middle school students as well as high school students.   Generally, there is not a limit to how many items can be checked out.  Total circulations from July 2015 to March 15, 2016 is 1,440 items.  This number includes magazines and DVDs.

Circulation for non-fiction is as follows for July 2015 to March 15, 2016:

  000-099  100-199 200-299  300-399  400-499 500-599 600-699 700-799800-899 900-999 
 9 2117  412  56 41 3 58
2.98%  .66%  38.74%1.32%3.97% 18.54% 13.58%  .99% 19.21%

Fiction Circulation from July 2015 to March 15, 2016:


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