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October 31, 2014



Indian Creek Middle School was named one of three schools statewide to receive the Library Media Program Exemplary Award by the Georgia Library Media Association and Georgia Library Association during its 13th annual awards. Indian Creek’s Media Program is led by Mrs. Lori McGovern, Media Specialist.  The GLMA/GLA Library Media Program is the highest recognition for library programs and demonstrates how library programs are meeting school improvement goals as well as increasing student achievement. Indian Creek Middle School is the first Newton County School to ever receive this distinguished recognition.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said McGovern. “The mission of the Indian Creek Media Center is to connect literacy, learning, and life; this award acknowledges our efforts to do so. I want to thank the staff of Indian Creek and my fellow media specialists for their years of support and encouragement.”

The 13th annual GLMA/GLA Exemplary/Exceptional Library Media Program recognized and honored three exemplary and three exceptional programs this year. Library Media Programs at three schools (elementary, middle and high) were selected for each level of recognition.

The GLMA/GLA Exemplary Library Media Program requires that selected schools must meet or exceed provided definitions on a 21-standard rubric, including six key areas: student achievement instruction; technology; staffing; facilities, access and resources; administrative support; and staff development. All Exemplary programs must meet or exceed definitions for those six key areas for basic, proficient and exemplary programs. All Exemplary programs must have achieved the requirements set out in state education laws, state board policies, state guidelines and selected National Standards.

Mrs. McGovern is a 14 year veteran of Newton County Schools, who started her career teaching English at Newton County High School. Since 2006, McGovern has been working to transform the library program at Indian Creek Middle School. In addition to her responsibilities as media specialist, McGovern is also the lead technology teacher at Indian Creek Middle School.

“Mrs. McGovern is an invaluable asset to the Indian Creek community,” said Dr. Renee Mallard, principal, Indian Creek Middle School. “She has established herself as a collaborative resource for fellow teachers, students and parents. She meets regularly with faculty across curriculum areas, analyzes data to align resources to standards, and incorporates technology throughout the media program, school and individual lessons.”

Exemplary Library Media Programs, such as Indian Creek Middle School, may not apply for 10 years after being honor. Programs recognized as Exceptional may reapply for the award at any time.

In order to identify and highlight these programs, GLMA and GLA asked schools to submit applications for the Library Media Program Awards. Library Media Specialists throughout the state and GLMA and GLA selected the recipients based on the school’s written application, letters of support, telephone interviews and/or an on-site visit. Schools must have been in existence a minimum of three years before applying.

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at