5 Ways to Redesign a Media Center During COVID-19
- 21st August 2020
- Anthony Bowie
Author: Dr. Christina Counts
If the global pandemic sidelined your plans for creating a very inviting, collaborative, nurturing media center space, get your vision back on track with these five success tips.
As central hubs of school activity, media centers are the places that students, teachers, and staff rely on for many different resources. Whether they’re meeting in small groups, borrowing eBooks, collaborating on projects, or simply recharging, media center users deserve an inviting, functional space in which to “do their thing.” Thanks to new, modern designs, these spaces help spark innovation, build a sense of community, and provide areas for students and staff to collaborate, connect, and recharge.
5 Steps to Great Media Center Design
As schools cautiously reopen their doors, minimizing risk of transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff is a top priority. Adapting media center spaces in a way that ensures that school communities remain safe—while also still functioning as a future ready library—is possible with just a few intentional design solutions.
Here are five tips for redesigning your media center right now:
A Beacon of Hope
Every school is dealing with COVID-19 in a different context, and MiEN is working to help them adapt and flex as needed. By implementing strategic design principles and health-minded practices in the best interests of students and staff, media centers can remain welcoming spaces that provide a beacon of hope in which we can see a better future.
Dr. Christina Counts, VP of Strategy and Development for MiEN Environments, is a proven leader with a successful background in transforming learning spaces to modern engaging learning environments. Dr. Counts has worked in education for over 17 years with experience as a classroom teacher, district instructional leader, school administrator, and digital and innovative learning designer. In her most recent position, Christina leads a team of professionals that support schools making the transition to a flexible, collaborative, & student-centered learning space. She holds a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership, National Board certified, and Google & Apple certified. Dr. Counts envisions a learning space in which educators are empowered to transform education through design, technology and innovative instructional pedagogy to create learners ready for any future!