For immediate release | June 19, 2017

Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — In the August episode of AL Live, you’ll join the School Outfitters team and Sycamore Community (Ohio) School District leaders to discuss tips for creating a modern media center. They’ll show you how they’ve converted Sycamore High School’s library from an outdated, underused center with dusty shelves and heavy, bulky furniture to a modern media center that engages students. Working with a team of administrators as well as designers and architects, School Outfitters brought the space back to life. It now features lightweight, mobile furniture, plenty of group seating, and tech-friendly furnishings, making it the school’s main hub of activity. In this episode, you’ll learn the next steps for creating a vision for your library space that matches your organization’s mission and draws more users into your library.

Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, August 4. You can register for the event here.

Joining us for this episode are

  • Angela Webb, Director of Sales, School Outfitters
  • Doug Mader, Principal Sycamore High School, Sycamore Community Schools
  • Chad Lewis, Director of Business and Student Operations, Sycamore Community Schools

About our panel:

As Director of Sales at School Outfitters, Angela Webb takes the lead on large-scale furniture projects. She works closely with customers, listening to their exact needs and finding perfect custom solutions. Her knowledge of school purchasing systems and product expertise lead to beautiful, functional spaces that fit each customer’s budget.

Doug Mader is the Principal of Sycamore High School. He has an undergraduate degree from Thomas More College, a master’s degree from the University of Dayton, and is currently obtaining his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky. Mader previously served as the Principal of Kings High School and as an Assistant Principal at Sycamore High School.

Chad Lewis is Sycamore's Director of Business Operations, where he oversees maintenance, transportation, and child nutrition services. He has a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Northern Kentucky University and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati. Lewis previously served as the Assistant Superintendent for Business for Fairfield City Schools.

This episode of AL Live is sponsored by School Outfitters.

School Outfitters is your source for 21st century school furniture, equipment, and supplies. Its easy-to-use website and custom sales support make it simple to create adaptable, collaborative learning spaces. You’ll find everything from classic products to the most recent classroom innovations—including traditional library furniture and modern media center equipment.

American Libraries Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. Each program lasts 60 minutes. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on hand. We look forward to you joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register here. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

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