Pondering Media Center Facilities for the Future
Posted October 30, 2010on:
Inquires about designing media centers are frequent in my email and in discussion groups A recent LM_NET inquiry asked about designing a media center of the future and ensuring viability. I’ve been thinking a lot about the new or remodeled facilities my former district invested heavily in this past decade.
Will the “state-of-the-art” media centers we designed and built serve the needs of student’s forty years from now or will they be as outdated as the forty year-old facilities we abandoned? We already know some labs are too small and that there are not enough computers in secondary media centers. Elementary facilities could use more small group space. Will mobile devices and expanded wireless make labs totally obsolete? Can secondary media centers reduce the space needed for print? What substantial investment made in hardware, infrastructure, furnishings and collection improvements pay off in student achievement? Will these facilities be maintained, updated and enhanced in this era of budget decline and considerably fewer media specialists? There’s much to consider in a time of technology change and education reform.
The Media Center Facilities Design page has links to several published articles.