Extreme Makeover: Library Edition


Natali Barias

The new living room in the library.

Natali Barias, Reporter

The Osceola County School for the Arts has been receiving an ongoing renovation. The school’s librarian, Tania Galinanes, has gotten rid of most of the bookshelves in an attempt to rid the library of outdated literature.

Many of the books that were initially on the shelves had not been checked out in over 5 years. Some had even been sitting on the shelves for over 15 years. Due to the fact that students were not actively checking out both fiction and nonfiction books, a lot of books have been removed.

Not only has there been a change in the amount of books, but also a substantial increase in the amount of furniture. This change has made the library a more comfortable place to do collaborative work. The current librarian, Mrs. Galinanes has been working hand in hand with administration to find more flexible seating in order to make the library more welcoming to students.

To replace the rapid decrease in physical books provided by the school, a multitude of databases have been made accessible to students. Two of the major databases are Gale for nonfiction resources and MackinVIA for fiction and Spanish resources. All students have access to these databases through Classlink.

A new Collection Development Plan written by Mrs. Galinanes has really encouraged the change in the amount of outdated library books present in our library. This plan outlines the goals, missions, and objectives of the Osceola County School Librarians’ Association. It is available on the school’s website for students and parents to see.