Niwot High School, Media Center Studies

The transformation of the Niwot High School Library from simply a collection of books on shelves into a technology-based information center will support the literacy and learning processes of the students while providing access to current technology and media. Studies were completed to transform the existing library into a space that accommodates a multitude of purposes including a quiet place to study, read and perform research via books, as well as allow computer access to on-line references.


CLIENT: St. Vrain Valley School District
SCOPE: Instructional Media Center Studies

In the future, the library will become an Instructional Media Center (IMC) – a dynamic and flexible space designed for access and support of technology, including device charging, smart boards, projection, cameras, printers and computers. Digital media literacy instruction, student social networking and interaction and small group collaboration are all elements critical to the success of the 21st century student. The IMC will serve as the informational center of the school and will become an integral part of the instructional program and provide a central location for students to facilitate personal computer needs, check-out books, periodicals and equipment for use with classroom instruction, including a variety of print and non-print materials and resources.

A few features of the IMC will include:

  • Technology distribution, accessibility and utilization
  • Multi-media lab and services, including video-conferencing, 3-D theater and high definition video editing
  • Flexible spaces to accommodate changing requirements
  • Balance of printed and digital experience
  • Wireless environment
  • Variety of furnishings supporting individual and collaboration learning and promote inquiry, discovery and creative thinking
  • Display and student information – monitors, kiosks
  • Computer stations – in reading area and at main entry
  • Small group and classroom meeting areas
  • Device charging areas
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