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Q 105 & 106: Do we group mini laptops (< 10”) with regular laptops in Question # 105 & 106? Devices that are this size should be counted as "Netbooks" in question 109.

Q 109: What is a "Netbook?" A netbook is a device that can perform the majority of the functions of a desktop or laptop, but is extremely mobile. Netbooks look like miniature laptops, with screens rarely exceeding 10 or 12 inches.

Q 117: is totals of all computers and tablets?

(117 is the total of rows 101 – 116: This calculation should occur automatically as numerical data is entered: Intel Core Processors and above Desktop Computers; Pentium IV and below Desktop Computers (nothing below a Pentium); Apple/MAC Intel Based Desktop Computers; G5 and below Desktop Computers;Intel Core Processors and above Laptop Computers; Pentium IV and below Laptop Computers;Apple/MAC Intel Based Laptop Computers;G5 and below Laptop Computers; Netbooks; Full-size iPad; iPad Mini; Android; Tablet; Windows Tablet; Chromebook; Thin or zero client (virtual desktop); Shared computing NComputing.)

Q 118: is this just the iPod Touch that gets counted here, not the other iPods, right (Just iPod Touch)

Q 119: which devices are these. are they different than the windows tablet from Q113 and the windows mobile from Q123 (Zune MP3 Player)

Q 123: is this like actual cell phones, right. (Yes)

Q 126: Does this still only mean computers purchased and not donated or transferred computers? (You may include donated/transferred) Some of the media coordinators were worried about listing transferred/donated items coming in and transferred/discarded items going out since they were not purchased and adding donated and transferred skews the representation of their budget. (You may include donated and transferred items. This will inform the question about availability of resources, rather than budget. Hopefully we will be in position to include a question about transferred resources in the very near future.) Please count computers, laptops and chromebooks. Do not include tablets.


Q 127: Are they required to include donated and transferred equipment in these question or is that optional.
(We encourage the inclusion of donated and transferred items, but this is a site-based decision. The exclusion of these items may not yield a true picture of the resources available to your students.)

Q 136: would this also include the tablet and mobile systems like iOS, Android, Windows, etc. or are they just talking about computers for this question. (Just computers and laptops)

Q 202: Is this question just for school based part time ITF? ITFs that are central office itinerant and serve 4 or 5 schools do not count here, correct?
(Correct – include only school-based ITFs. District-level ITFs are examined in question 1207. The operative phrase is “assigned to your school” in this instance.)

Q 210: Should this now change to include media coordinators, (We ask about Media Coordinators in question 204) guidance counselors, social workers or psychologists as well (For this particular reporting purpose, we are asking about how many certified teachers you have in your school – defined as someone who spends the majority of their time in direct instruction with students. Note – Teachers who teach at multiple schools should only be counted at the school to which they are assigned for payroll purposes.)

Q 214: What is "MTAC?" What is "SIT"? MTAC stands for "Media and Technology Advisory Committee." SIT Stands for "School Improvement Team."

Q 301: Would this be a YES if there is only occasional or sporadic use of the resource in the school or would the school need to be using it for all teachers and students. (Any use within the school) The definition of a “Learning Management System": “Software and content management systems used to manage and deliver instructional material, along with assessments, communications and other functions. Such a system is also called an LMS.”

For question 501 and others: For South Middle School and South High School which occupy the same building and share a media center, should only one of them list the media center or should they each list one. and for the other questions in Section 5 - should they divide up the resources they list or each list the same resources. (Divide the resources relative to the number of students. Ex.. If the high school has 60% of the student population and the middle school has 40% of the student population, they should each claim resources accordingly.)

Q 503 and 504: Our district has a district eBook shelf of 10,000 titles. How do the district eBooks, accessible to the schools, factor into this equation? Individual schools have data on their circulation of these books, but how would they factor that into …”what percentage is in digital format?” (Divide the number of ebooks in the collection among the schools that have access to them, then incorporate that number in the total count before calculating the percentage. This would best reflect the access to and utilization of the resource at this point.)

I am including e books, but what about digital audio books housed on Follett Shelf? Are they included in this?

Yes, they are part of the digital collection. Some schools have a school shelf where the books are only accessible to that school's students and some LEAs have a district shelf where the books are accessible to all the students in a district.

Q 506: Do BookFlix and TrueFlix count here? (Check the description on the website for any resources that you are using. Does the description embrace the concept of "video streaming?" Bookflix states that it is "video storybooks" and Trueflix advertises that it has videos as well so they would seem to count also.)

Q 508 & 509: When you ask for the "average age" are you looking for a year (e.g. 2010) or a number (like 6 years old)? Please enter the average year, eg. "2010."
Some of your SLMCs may be incorrectly inputting their “average age” within the medial collection information. Please ask your districts to remind their SLMCs that “average age” answer should point to a year rather than a number. It is important to understand that the question relates to “average copyright age.” For example, you could have purchased three books last year. Their shelf age would be one year – but if they were published in 1990, 2000 and 2005, their “average copyright age” would be 1998. 1998 is the number that should be placed in the AMTR for question #508. Question #509 would be calculated in the same manner. Since districts use different solutions and products for their media center management, please alert your SLMCs concerning how best to ascertain this information if they do not have it.

Q 513: would this be similar to question 126 - don't list donated or transferred items. (You may include donated/transferred)

Q 517: For the AMTR question about weekly library circulation, do you know whether the average is for 36 student weeks or 42 teacher/calendar weeks? (Please calculate according to the 36-week student calendar.)

Q 602: Our schools recently had front door buzzers installed so visitors must be buzzed in. There is a camera installed at the buzzer to view the visitor. Do these count in this question? (These cameras do count toward the total).

Are we counting Nooks and Kindles in the AMTR?
Nooks and Kindles are not counted in terms of numbers – there is a question that asks about the availability of them for checkout (#523) but nothing more specific in terms of numbers.

Q 1510: Does that include the number of vmware host machines or the number of virtual machines running on each host. For instance, we may have 1 host that runs 6 virtual machines. Should we count that as 1 or 6? (Count the one instance)




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