The Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and Georgia Library Association (GLA) recently named Campbell High School the recipient of the Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Award.
The Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Program was created to recognize library media programs that empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information both in vision and in practice. Exemplary library media programs are a model for innovation, student empowerment, and leadership in the school library community.
“Martha Blaydes and Andy Spinks have worked diligently to create an environment where students feel comfortable and excited about reading and learning,” Campbell principal, Dr. Jeanne Walker, said in her letter to the Georgia Library Media Association. “They have also worked collaboratively with the teaching staff to design instructional plans that maximize the use of space and resources.”
Blaydes and Spinks helped transform Campbell’s media center into a learning commons, which includes print resources for Hispanic students and families and extensive research sources for students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program.
The two media specialists established a media committee and advisory group to address current and future needs of the learning commons.
“In addition to providing an engaging and instructional library program for the students and staff at Campbell High School, Marty and Andy are leaders in the broader library media community,” said Holly Frilot, Cobb County School District Supervisor of Library Media Education. “They have welcomed library media specialists and administrators into the Campbell Commons from across our state, informing others of the positive impact of the Learning Commons philosophy and design. Their leadership reaches far beyond the walls of their school building, which makes them very deserving of the Georgia Exemplary Library Media Program title.”
Visitors frequently tour Campbell’s learning commons to gather tips on how to transform their own media space into a learning commons model.
In 2016, Wheeler High School and South Cobb High School captured the Judy Serritella Exemplary and Exceptional Media Program Awards.