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Project Abstract

The Franklin Military Library Media Center is the hub of the entire school. A great deal of instruction and training take place here. Throughout the day, teachers bring their classes to the library media center. Also, the library is the central location for Title 1, faculty and central administration meetings. For instance, on May 16, 2016, Franklin Military Library Media Center set the stage for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to sign a bill into law making computer science a part of the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Developing students’ reading, research and writing skills are the prime tenets of what we strive for at Franklin Military Academy Library Media Center. The library media specialist created the FMA Knights of the Reading Round Table Edmodo page as a way of incorporating reading, research, and writing, https://edmo.do/j/5e334f. For this reason, the FMA Library Media Center is seeking a grant to expand the research component of our Edmodo page. The objective is that by the end of the 2019-2020 school year, given the specified reading material and learning tasks, students will be able to conduct research using ProQuest eLibrary, and collaborate with peers and teachers through written responses. Funding for $1900.00 is requested for the purchase of a 12-month subscription of the online resource ProQuest eLibrary.

Statement of Need

There are approximately three hundred and sixty-seven cadets that attend Franklin Military Academy, grades 6-12. Many of the printed books in the library media collection are outdated. The evidence of this is found in a recent Titlewave Collection Analysis performed using Destiny Library Manager. Per the report, the average age of printed books is from 1995. This accounts for 81% percent of the titles in the collection. Only 4% percent of titles are 2014 and newer. 40% percent of the books are in the fiction collection have an average age from1996 and 60% percent of the printed books are nonfiction. This is because the collection was merged with the former East End Middle, Onslow Minnis Middle, and Old Armstrong High schools when Franklin Military moved from the Old Armstrong High School building into the East End Middle School building in 2004.
As indicated in the analysis, it is apparent that there is a dire need for up-to-date books added to the collection. Also, the information in the report suggests that there is a critical need for more eBooks and more digital resources. For this reason, adding ProQuest eLibrary would be an excellent resource for our digital collection development.

Program Description

Acquiring ProQuest eLibrary will benefit the students at Franklin Military Academy in several ways. First, as a trusted resource, the ProQuest eLibrary will provide students with up-to-date and reliable information on various topics. Second, this resource promotes digital literacy by improving students’ research skills. Third, this online database promotes equity providing equal access to information to all students and teachers at Franklin Military. Finally, this leads to the fourth way this resource will benefit the students. Since all students will have access to ProQuest eLibrary, this will be incorporated as a go-to resource the FMA Knights of the Reading Round Table Edmodo page as the library media specialist engages students in reading and research discussions.

The Franklin Military Library Media Center plays an important role in addressing student needs by adhering to the common beliefs outlined in the Standards for the 21st Century Learner by the American Association of School Librarians.

1. The library media center is vital in promoting reading. Reading is a window to the world. Reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. The degree to which students can read and understand a text in all formats (e.g., picture, video, print) and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school and life. As a lifelong learning skill, reading goes beyond decoding and comprehension to interpretation and development of new understandings.

2. The library media center plays an important in helping students develop great research skills. Inquiry provides a framework for learning. To become independent learners, students must gain not only the skills but also the disposition to use those skills, along with an understanding of their responsibilities and self-assessment strategies. Combined, these four elements build a learner who can thrive in a complex information environment.

3. The library media center also has a responsibility in helping students develop digital citizenship skills. Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught. In this increasingly global world of information, students must be taught to seek diverse perspectives, gather and use information ethically, and use social tools responsibly and safely.

4. The library media center also helps students acquire technology skills in using digital tools. Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs. Today’s students need to develop information skills that will enable them to use technology as an important tool for learning, both now and in the future.

5. The library media center provides students with access to all materials. Equitable access is a key component of education.
All children deserve equitable access to books and reading, to information, and to information technology in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

Reference:

(2009). Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Chicago, Illinois, United States of America: American Association of School Librarians.

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