Saturday, February 1, 1997

A Proposed Media Center for Lawang Bato Elementary School in Valenzuela, Metro Manila


Course: Master of Arts in Library Science

School: Centro Escolar University, Manila

Subject Area: Media Center

Year of Graduation: 1997

Research Problem
The study attempted to propose a media center for Lawang Bato Elementary School based on the survey made on the existing “media center facilities” of the school utilizing a researcher-made questionnaire.

The study used descriptive normative survey method in gathering data using the questionnaire consisting of three parts, namely: Part – 1 – Administration; Part 2 – Operational Functions; and Part 3 – Organization. It was administered to 129 subjects composed of one (1) principal, thirty (30) teachers and ninety-eight (98) graduating high school students of Valenzuela Municipal High School, Lawang Bato Annex. The data gathered from the survey questionnaire were statistically processes for mean and standard deviation, tabulated, and interpreted.

Findings and Conclusions
1. The situational study of the existing media center facilities of Lawang Bato Elementary School revealed serious inadequacies.

2. Salient features of the proposed media center.

2.1. The Media Center and its Facilities. The media center should be centrally located in the school compound with the following facilities: office, conference room, planning and AV production room, repair room, equipment and storage room, preview room with provision for film/slide storage, projection area for students, audio and typing room, cart garage, independent study area and AV library.

2.2. Operational functions

2.2.1. Utilization of AV Materials. Provision should be made for a variety of AV materials to meet classroom needs in teacher study group, in faculty meetings, and in extension services of the school. Graduating elementary students should be trained in the operation of the media center.

2.2.2. Cataloging, Storing and Care of AV Materials and Equipment. Proper recording of AV materials and equipment should be done. Dewey Decimal Cataloging systems should be adopted to facilitate locating the material. There should be provisions for the proper care, repair of AV materials and equipment.

2.2.3. Production Training Activities. The media center should provide training: 1) in the collection of AV materials; 2) in the production and multiplication of AV materials; and 3) dissemination of AV methods and techniques.

2.2.4. In-Service Training Activities. Teachers’ participation in defining goals and problems, in formulating in-service education should be enlisted. Competent teachers should be trained to act as discussant and lecturer in seminars, workshops, demonstrations, and teacher study groups.

2.3. Organization

2.3.1. The Media Center Staff. The media center staff initially should be composed of a media director, clerk-librarian, and a technician. An audio-visual librarian and production man should be added later.

2.3.2. Selection and Procurement of Materials. A committee composed of a principal, media director and a teacher-representative should decide on the selection and procurement of audio-visual materials.

3. Vital policies should be implemented for the smooth and efficient operation of the media center.

3.1. Centralization of the services policy
3.2. Systematization of the services
3.3. Continuous evaluation of upgrading policy

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