SAN JOSE, Calif. (Feb. 13, 1998) - Moreland School District in San Jose, Calif., recently celebrated the grand opening of state-of-the-art library media centers at five of its elementary schools. The new media centers feature direct access to the Internet, electronic scanning, and innovative research opportunities for students and staff. Each 3000-square-foot center also contains a conference room for small group meetings, a computer lab, and a staff workroom. In addition, new print materials have been purchased to update fiction, nonfiction, and reference collections at each location.
Media center materials will be cataloged, accessed, and circulated using Sirsi Corporation's UnicornECOLE automated school library system, which runs on a network server donated to the school district by Sun Microsystems. According to Marie Scigliano, Moreland School District director of instructional technology, "We want the media centers to be a resource for problem solving, as well as a location for our print collection. For example, the World Wide Web interface to our library catalog will enable our users not only easily to use the electronic catalog, but also to connect to other libraries and sites on the World Wide Web."
The media centers will become a resource for the entire community served by the Moreland School District, Scigliano says. "During one day each month, we plan to make two of the sites available for any community member who wants to learn how to use the automated library system," she reported.
Established in 1851, Moreland School District is California's oldest known rural school district. It comprises nine schools, seven elementary and two middle. Eight of the District's schools have been named California Distinguished Schools. Moreland School District voters made possible the construction of the new library media centers by passage of Measure C, a $44.1 million bond issue in 1995.