Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Library/Media Center
The ENCSD Library/Media Center adopts the philosophy that correlates with the school’s vision: “…to provide individualized comprehensive educational, vocational, and residential programs for deaf, hearing-impaired students and multi-handicapped (Deaf Plus) leading to productive, independent, and successful lives.”
The ENCSD Library/Media Center seeks to support our school’s vision in becoming a beacon and national leader in providing high quality educational services for our students in order to challenge them to achieve at their maximum potential.
The staff of the ENCSD Library/Media Center also believe that all deaf and hard of hearing children have unlimited potential. Our goal is to provide deaf and hard of hearing children opportunities to reach their fullest potential through information skills instruction and providing access to high quality books and materials that correlates with the curricula that we follow. We also aim to provide teachers and residential life trainers quality resources and support to guide them in instruction according to our curricula.
ENCSD LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER COLLECTION
The ENCSD Library/Media Center is located in the central part of the campus and houses a collection of over 54,000 books and professional resources for grades K-12 to enhance our students’ learning and support our teachers’ instruction. The collection also includes the Deaf Studies Collection, the North Carolina Collection, and maps.
Students have access to several computers and other technology resources for research projects and assignments. The staff and students also have access to NC WiseOwl, an online database that provides safe access to quality information and reference resources for grades K-12.
The library subscribes to 35 periodicals which provide students the opportunity to read about current topics in magazines and enables our staff to stay up to date with current trends in education through professional journals. We also subscribe to the local newspaper, The Wilson Daily Times.
The library also has a collection of over 400 visual media that covers a variety of subjects for all grades. Most of the videos are accessible through captions or American Sign Language (ASL). Our staff also has access to the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), a free-loan program that provides over 4,000 videos made accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing through the use of captions. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf.
The library also provides support through Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader (AR) program by ordering new AR books, color coding books (AR levels), and labeling books. The AR program is used as a supplement for our students’ learning and reading process. Our students receive prizes for certain amounts of points accumulated from their AR quizzes and our teachers use the data from the AR program to help them keep track of what each student has been reading and to follow their progress in the reading program.
In addition to books, professional resources, and media, the library provides these following technology resources:
- Digital Cameras
- Video Cameras
- Two MultiMedia Monitors
- Cutout Maker
- Educational software programs
- 3 Televisions and one VHS/DVD player
LIBRARIAN AND STAFF
In addition to ordering and processing books and resources that meet our curricula, the librarian serves as a resource to the students through weekly ASL read alouds and library/information skills lessons. The librarian also collaborates with teachers, educational development aides, instructional technology facilitator, residential life trainers, parents, and community stakeholders with creating, updating, and maintaining the School Improvement Plan and the school’s Technology Plan.
During the year, the librarian promotes reading events such as National Education Association’s Read Across America Day by coordinating read alouds from proficient ASL signers and providing students with activities to continue to stimulate their interest in reading and learning.
We use Follett School Solutions’ Destiny as our online catalog system. The library assistant and volunteer assist the librarian with day-to-day operations.
Librarian: Brenda Ulrich, email@example.com, Sorenson VP number: 252-360-4808.
Library Assistant: Vivian Bissette, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number: 252-237-2450 Ext. 385