Fairview Middle School Library Media Center Handbook Philosophy Fairview Media Centers are vital to the academic foundation of all students of Fairview Schools. The use of facilities and resources is essential to providing the best possible education to the students of Fairview. The support of the administration, teachers, parents, and community is vital to the success of the Media Centers. Objectives The objectives in achieving the philosophy of Fairview Middle School Media Center are: • To provide opportunities for students to browse, explore, and utilize all resources of the Library Media center; • To provide teachers with opportunities to collaborate with the Library Media Specialist in order to incorporate information literacy skills into the curriculum; • To provide students with assistance needed in carrying out resource-based learning assignments and activities; • To provide students and teachers with an atmosphere conducive to active, constructive learning; • To provide teachers with resources needed to supplement classroom instruction. Policies and Procedures Access to Facilities Library Hours Staff have access to the Library Media Center each day from 8:45 to 4:15. Student have access to the Library Media Center each day from 9:00 to 3:50. Library Usage Students have the opportunity to use the Library Media Center facilities as individuals, in small groups, or in large groups. Students are welcome to browse, read, checkout books, and conduct research. Students may be sent to the Media Center for checkout or research using the following methods: Whole Group Whole group classes may be scheduled to use the Media Center. The teacher should schedule his/her class on the sharepoint calendar online and email Mrs. Brown-Lyons in the Media Center. If the teacher knows he/she will be absent on the day of scheduled Media Center time then the Media Specialist needs to be informed of the task the students will be assigned. Small Group Small groups may be sent to the Media Center to conduct research, type, etc. depending upon availability of space. The teacher may call the Media Center before sending small groups to ensure space is available. Individual Students are welcome to the Media Center at any time for checking out books, reading, or research. Conduct Students are expected to follow all media and computer lab rules. Students who do not follow Media Center rules will be asked to leave. Rules Because of the range of resources available and the variety of activities conducted in the Media Center the following rules must be enforced: • Students are expected to talk quietly so other students aren’t disturbed. • Students are expected to return books on time; return materials in the same condition in which they were borrowed; treat all items in the Media Center with respect and care; and be accountable for their own actions. • Students are expected to use computers for completing school related projects only. Games, chat rooms, instant messaging, personal use is not allowed. • Students are expected to leave computers in the same condition in which they began using them; students may not change backgrounds or homepages, download programs, etc. • Student should not take materials from the Media Center without first checking them out at the circulation desk. Access to Resources Faculty Circulation Teachers are responsible for the items checked out in their name. Please do not pass materials along to other teachers or allow students to take items home. Reference materials must be used in the Media Center. Teachers may check out certain reference materials to be used in the classroom to be returned by the end of the day. Student Circulation Students are allowed to have two books checked out at one time. Students can check out materials in their name only. Students may not check out materials for other students. Books check out for two weeks. The book must be returned to recheck. There is no limit on the number of times rechecked if reasonable. Reference books may not be checked out. Students are responsible for all materials he/she checks out. Students who have overdue materials may not check out any other materials until the materials are returned. Students who lose or damage a book are responsible for paying the cost of the book. Materials Request Students and teachers may request materials at any time. Students may request certain books to be considered for purchase by giving the Media Specialist the title and author of the book. Books will be purchased based upon availability and reviews. If a teacher would like additional materials to supplement a unit of study, he/she needs to keep in mind that the Media Specialist will need time to locate materials and process them. It is suggested that teachers let the Media Specialist know a semester in advance of topics that will be researched to ensure adequate materials will be available when needed. Teachers may request a list of all materials available on a certain topic. The Media Specialist will provide the teacher with a biography of all materials available in the Media Center including books, videos, etc. The request must be made a week in advance. Equipment The Library Media Center houses a variety of equipment. (1)Laser disc players, (1)video cameras, (1)digital cameras, (10) overhead projectors, (5) tape players, and mounted presentation station are available for media center use. Arrangements need to be made in the Media Center to use any of these items. Maintenance of media equipment is the responsibility of the Media Specialist. Whenever there is a problem with any equipment the Media Specialist should be notified. Other Services Laminating Items to be laminated should meet the following criteria: • Bulletin board or teaching materials that will receive extensive use. • Flat, one-dimensional items no more than 24 inches in width. Items than should not be laminated: • One-time use items. • Student produced items that will be sent home. • Three-dimensional items. • Items over 24 inches in width. Technology Resources Card Catalog – The automated card catalog can be accessed from any computer in the Media Center. Materials housed in the Media Center can be searched by title, author, keyword, or subject. Computers – The Media Center houses twenty four computers with access to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and the internet research. Twenty five computers are located in the computer lab next door for (Successmaker, Read 180, Study Island) Internet research, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Power Point. These computers may be used when scheduled classes are not in the computer lab.
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