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Carrollton School

PROJECTS

  • Website Redesign

  • Intranet Design and Implementation

  • Database Development & Design

  • (Major) Library Relocation and Renovation Project

  • Information Literacy Education & Curriculum Design


Client

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Coconut Grove, FL

Private International Baccalaureate (IB), advanced placement Catholic School, one of twenty-two Sacred Heart schools in the country.  

 

Constituents

Approximately 800 Students (Montessori Pre-K - 12), 100 Faculty members (47% with advanced degrees, Masters, PhDs), staff, and school administrators. (Numbers are from the time Project was conducted.)


PROJECT(S)

 

Project No. 1

Library Relocation and Renovation

Challenges

The High School Library had to be moved (collections, equipment) completely from one building into a brand-new state-of-the-art facility within a two-week deadline.

The dedication ceremony and activities (to be held in the new library - part of the new science building) could not be postponed. All parents and donors had already received their invitations and had RSVP'd.

  • After the library move: all brand-new technology assets had to be set-up and tested.

  • Personnel Challenge - having to resolve an existing department personnel issue quickly. Diplomacy, empathy establishment of relationship and partnership with that employee, ultimately resulting in 100% (plus) cooperation and complete project buy-in.


Deliverables (Summary)

Within the first two weeks on-site, the high school library was moved, and all technology assets were in place and operational in time for the dedication ceremony which was a great success.

The realization of this project could not have taken place without the incredible cooperation, availability (and patience) of individuals from the Information technology department, high school faculty, high school students, many other faculty members, and school administrators.


Steps Taken

Library Relocation

  • Made immediate arrangements for a moving company who had specific experience with library relocations.

  • Met with the head of the janitorial staff regarding type of assistance needed pre/post move.

  • Devised rough sketch 'map' and applied a 'marking' system/table that facilitated a more rapid move of library materials and assets. Trained the Assistant Librarian and Library Assistant on how the system would work.

  • Prior to the move, (rapidly) weeded the library collection of outdated texts and magazines. The collection hadn't been weeded in many years - this reduced the number of items needing to be cleaned by the janitorial staff prior to the move and after the move.

  • Within the first couple days onsite, met with all stakeholders including the head of the high school to provide them with information and to answer questions regarding library use during the two-week process.

  • Provided stakeholders and school administrators with daily updates, either via email or in-person regarding project progress.

  • Met with the technology department to develop a plan, discuss status of technology assets already in place and what else needed to be done prior to the dedication ceremony. All of their suggestions were incorporated into the overall plan.


Project No. 2

Technology Implementation (Process/Deliverables/Results):

  • Library Database Development & Design, Implementation, and Maintenance

  • Website Redesign

  • Intranet design and implementation

  • Training

 After the move and the dedication ceremonies -

  • In collaboration with the technology department, coordinated the design and development of the library’s SharePoint intranet portal.

  • Re-designed the library web page providing remote access capabilities and access to information literacy training tutorials made available via the SharePoint portal.

  • Upgraded library administrative software (Follett), which improved OPAC, circulation, and acquisitions functions, and enabled remote access for students, parents, and faculty.

  • Developed and maintained a database resource/documents library for the High School Debate Team which they were able to access whether on school grounds, from home, or on the road during debate season.


Project No. 3

Information Literacy Education & Curriculum Design

Challenge

The school had no formal curriculum to instruct students on university-level information management skills such as: research techniques, database searches, information analysis, report writing, and related.


 Solutions/Deliverables

  • Designed curriculum and deployed an extensive academic program applying International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement criteria with emphasis on the development of 21st century information literacy skills.

  • Designed information literacy and research instruction tools; managed the design and development of web-based courses, evaluated, and selected ideal technical infrastructure most suitable for course instruction.

  • Instructed students, faculty, and staff in the evaluation and application of electronic databases, digital and print resources, and progressive research principles and methodologies.

  • Prepared and conducted professional in-service training for faculty and staff professional development.


Karen Estrada