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Roles and Responsibilities - Media Support Personnel

In the school library media program, support personnel (i.e. clerks, aides, paraprofessionals or secretaries) assume responsibilities designated by the media specialists which assure smooth library media center operations and services while enabling the library media specialist to devote more time to professional service activities such as planning with teachers for maximum utilization of resources in instruction or incorporating information skill instruction into course content.  In this role, the library media support person:

  • assumes responsibility for operation of the library media center and supervision of activities in the approved absence of the library media specialist;

  • operates and maintains media-related equipment;

  • assists in training volunteers;

  • assisting in producing materials

  • assists students and staff in utilizing and operating equipment;

  • supervises small groups of students in retrieving materials, finding information or other activities;

  • repairs print and nonprint materials.

  • processes materials according to established procedures;

  • explains location and arrangement of resources to students and staff;

  • assists students and staff in use of the catalog to the center's resources;

  • prepares reports as directed;

  • assists students and staff in assembling resources for classroom use;

  • assists in borrowing materials from other collections;

  • prepares displays and bibliographies from preselected items;

  • types and processes library media center correspondence, reports, orders, and records into the automation system;

  • operates the circulation system and compiles circulation records;

  • assists in inventorying materials and equipment;

  • assists in all phases of materials processing;

  • reshelves and maintains correct order of returned materials;

  • prepares current periodicals for shelving and maintains collection of back-dated issues;

  • assists in maintaining and orderly, neat, and attractive atmosphere in the media center.

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