Library

LIBRARY MEDIA & INFORMATION SERVICES CENTER

POLICIES AND GENERAL INFORMATION

Mission: The Notre Dame High School Library Media & Information Services Center exists to support students and teachers in their learning and teaching, to create lifelong learners by encouraging critical thinking, curiosity, and exploration, and to foster a love of reading in all formats.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Providing intellectual and physical access to information resources in all formats;
  • Providing instruction to foster independence in finding and using information and ideas;
  • Collaborating with other educators to develop their own and students’ information skills in preparation for college and career pursuits;
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that supports academic inquiry.
  • Maintaining a well-balanced collection of media appropriate to the needs of the school.
  • Providing assistance in locating and using instructional materials.

 Staffing of the Library Media & Information Services Center:

The Librarian:

  • Is responsible for the strategic management and day-to-day operation of the Library Media & Information Services Center.
  • Reports to the Executive and Vice Principal
  • Will take the lead on the development and promotion of the Library Media & Information Services Center.
  • Will attend all Faculty and Professional Development meetings.
  • Will attend Curriculum meetings as deemed by an administrator.    
  • Will coordinate with faculty and staff personnel while providing appropriate services and facilities to support teaching and learning.

Access:

All student, faculty, and staff personnel assigned to NDHS are welcome in the Library Media & Information Services Center and will enjoy equal access, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or special needs.  Students may come to the Library Media & Information Services Center during the school day, to seek assistance, research, study, or read. 

Hours of Operation:

  • The Library Media & Information Services Center is available from 8:00 a.m. – 2:35 p.m., Monday through Friday with the exception of the Librarian lunch period.
  • There may be instances that the Library Media & Information Services Center will be closed to students due to unscheduled meetings, group testing, special projects, or as deemed by an administrator.

Instructional Resources:

  • College and Career

The Library Media & Information Services Center has an extensive collection of SAT and AP Preparation books, College Guides, How-to Guides for the college essay and scholarship applications, and books on a variety of careers.  All of these materials are available for students to check out.

  • Independent Reading

Many studies confirm the correlation between increased reading and school achievement, as well as higher SAT verbal scores.  Toward that end, the Library Media & Information Services Center is dedicated to developing a collection that appeals to a wide variety of interests and reading levels and working with students to develop an interest in online news and periodical reading.  Students are also encouraged to make suggestions for future purchases.

  • Curriculum Related Non-fiction

According to the Library of Congress, only 10% of the world’s information is available online.  Students who plan to attend college will benefit from understanding the depth of information available in print sources that supplement factual data obtained from the Internet.  The Library Media & Information Services Center has an excellent and up to date collection available for student use.

  • Technology Access and Use

21st-century learning requires access to the Internet, and computers for research, personal exploration, word processing, and creating presentations.  The Library Media & Information Services Center has desktop computers, wireless chrome books, printers, and a document scanner for student use. 

Students must sign out chrome books and plug them in when they are done so they remain charged for the next user. 

NDHS computers and network are provided as educational tools for students, faculty, and staff communities.   Class and course work related use of this equipment takes priority and all non-educational use, including exploring web resources of personal interest is dependent on the availability of computer assets, network capacity, and Library/Staff approval.  Games are NOT allowed on school computers.

Circulation Policy: 

Selected Library Media & Information Services Center materials are available for check-out.  Notices will be sent to those students who need a reminder during homeroom periods. 

  • Students should be considerate of other’s needs and return materials on time.  All overdue books must be returned immediately.
  • Books:  A maximum of 2 books may be checked out for a maximum period of 2 weeks.  They may be renewed for another 2 weeks unless they have been reserved.
  • Magazines are not to be taken out of the Library Media & Information Services Center by students but may be checked out by Faculty members. 
  • Reference Materials: Are to be used by students in the Library Media & Information Services Center.  Teachers may borrow reference materials for use in the classroom when necessary.
  • Audio-Visual Materials/Equipment:  Students are not allowed to check out AV materials.
  • Lost and or Damaged Books or AV materials/equipment:  At the end of the year, lost or damaged books, DVDs, or other Library media, will result in a replacement charge equivalent to the current purchase price.  Payment for a lost or damaged item may be reimbursed should the item be found.  Debts remaining at the end of the school year will be charged to the student’s tuition payment. 

Library Media & Information Services Center Etiquette:

The Library Media & Information Services Center is a community learning space and must serve multiple purposes.

All students are expected to conduct themselves with consideration and thoughtfulness for the rights of others and will be treated with dignity and respect by Library staff.  Students who consistently demonstrate a disregard for the Library Media & Information Services Center community may have their Library Media & Information Services Center privileges revoked for a period of time.

Students using the Library Media & Information Services Center will conduct themselves in a way that respects all other people that are using the facility.

  • The Library Media & Information Services Center is open for use by all NDHS students, faculty, and staff personnel.
  • The Library Media & Information Services Center is the place to read, research, study, or find a book.
  • All students must be working and or reading quietly.
  • Be considerate of others.
  • Use a quiet voice when collaborating with another student.
  • Appropriate decorum will be observed at all times (dress code, language, conduct, etc.).
  • The Library Media & Information Services Center is not to be used as a social gathering place.
  • The Librarian reserves the right to notify an administrator regarding students who may be abusing Library Media & Information Services Center privileges.
  • Generally, in an effort to ensure adequate space for all wishing to use the Library Media & Information Services Center, students will be limited to one visit per day (exceptions may be approved on a case by case basis by the assigned librarian).
  • Show care when using all Library Media & Information Services Center resources.
  • Food and or beverages are not permitted in any area of the Library Media & Information Services Center at any time.
  • Card or game playing is not permitted at any time.
  • Cellular telephones and personal laptop, or similar devices are not permitted at any time.
  • Students in the Library Media & Information Services Center researching an assignment with a classroom teacher are requested to remain in the area reserved by their teacher until the end of the designated period. 
  • The assigned teacher is primarily responsible for the conduct of assigned students.  
  • No one may take materials (books, magazines, etc.) out of the Library Media & Information Services Center unless they have been properly checked out by the Librarian.
  • A Library pass will be issued by the Librarian prior to the homeroom period for the day of anticipated use. 
  • The Librarian is responsible for having approved channel(s) available for viewing by senior students on the television or video monitor.
  • NO student is permitted to change the channel of the television or video monitor!
  • Television viewing is a privilege.  It may be curtailed as deemed necessary by the Librarian.
  • Laying down, sleeping, or putting feet on furniture is not permitted.
  • In the event of an alarm or emergency notification, students will follow the direction provided by the Librarian.
  • Student, faculty, and staff personnel should not hesitate in approaching the Librarian for all questions, concerns, or assistance needs.

Library Media & Information Services Center Passes:

Students not accompanied by a teacher need to:

  • Sign-up for Library Media & Information Services Center use before the start of the school day unless granted permission by an administrator.
  • Present a pre-approved Library Media & Information Services Center Pass.
  • Sign into the Library Media & Information Services Center, writing legibly, using both first and last names

Technology Access and Use:

  • All computer use will be for academic purposes only.  Those students who violate this policy will lose their computer and or Library Media & Information Services Center privileges.
  • When others are waiting, limit the time you spend on electronic and online resources.
  • Use of headphones is required when listening to audio presentations
  • No emailing, chatting, game playing, downloading of objectionable websites, streaming video, or non-related school usage is permitted
  • One student per computer.
  • In compliance with school policy, no electronic devices other than assigned computer assets are permitted in the Library Media & Information Services Center.  The Librarian will report violations of this policy to an administrator.
  • Before a student leaves the Library Media & Information Services Center, he/she is expected to log-off their computer, leave the area around the computer clean, push in their chair, and return all materials to the areas that they found them.

Library Media & Information Services Center Beautification:

  • Students should return any books that were used while in the Library Media & Information Services Center to the Librarian or designated area. 
  • Students should throw away all trash, push in their chairs, and return any borrowed items to the circulation desk

School Rules and the Library Media & Information Services Center:

  • The Library Media & Information Services Center is not a social gathering place.  It is a place to read, research, study, and find a good book.
  • Students need to remember that all other school rules are in effect while visiting the Library Media & Information Services Center.
  • Students violating the above rules may be asked to leave the Library Media & Information Services Center, and/or restricted from using the Library Media & Information Services Center, other than when accompanied by a teacher, for a designated period of time.

Class Use of the Library Media & Information Services Center:

In the instance that a classroom teacher would like to bring their class to the Library Media & Information Services Center for the purposes of research, a Research Request Sheet must be submitted to the Librarian for review and disposition one week in advance of anticipated use.  The Librarian will coordinate with the assigned teacher after considering available equipment, research materials, seating, etc.  A Research Request Sheet must be submitted to the Librarian no later than one week prior to the anticipated date(s) of usage.

Request for Library Media & Information Services Purchases:

Because the media center strives to support the curriculum needs of the students, faculty, and staff personnel, all are encouraged to take an active role in Library Media & Information Services purchases.  Requests for purchases are always welcome.

Notre Dame Library's Catalog (Only available at Notre Dame High School)

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315 STUFF: Websites and News in the 315 area code.

CNN       MSNBC      Podcast Directory     Yahoo News    Google News

New York Times        USA Today

Local Media:

WKTV    CNY   YNN

Herkimer Evening Telegram        

Oneida Dispatch     Utica Observer Dispatch              

Rome Daily Sentinel

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