Media Center

Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School Media Center

The Dr. Ronald E. McNair High Media Center serves as an information hub for the school and our community.We offer instruction and curricular support to ensure our students are effective users and producers of ideas and information. We provide access to technology, print, and e-resources to support the curricular needs of our students and staff. We collaborate with teachers on instructional initiatives, teach information literacy skills in the context of the curriculum, and promote reading for information and pleasure.

Our library contains over 18,000 books, provides access to multiple subscription databases and research tools, and makes available i-pads, laptop computers, LCD projectors, document cameras and other devices to support existing classroom technologies.

Hours and Contact Info
Library Hours
 
 Our hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
 (Students must have a morning or afternoon library pass to visit the library before or after school)
 
 
 
Teacher/Librarian
 
 Paulette Calhoun
Policies and Procedures

Library Media Center Handbook


Goal

It is the goal of the media program to support, enrich, and stimulate the learning environment of the school. The media center shall provide a wide range of materials on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view.


Rules

  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  • Use respectful language toward others.
  • Use respectful actions toward books and materials.
  • Ask if you need help.

Use

Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. (additional times may be arranged) Students may visit for check out anytime during these hours with a library media center pass.

Classroom visits: State and system standards mandate flexible scheduling. Teachers may schedule entire class visits (from 8:10 a.m. – 1:55 p.m.) for check out and/or story time by signing up with the Library Media Specialist at least one day in advance. Teachers are responsible for class supervision during whole-class visits. Teachers should plan in collaboration with the Library Media Specialist for research and instructional lessons at least one week in advance.

Small Groups: Teachers may send small groups of up to five students for research or instructional activities by signing up with the Library Media Specialist.A teacher or paraprofessional should accompany groups of more than five students.

Laminating: The laminating machine will be available for each day from 7:30 – 3:30. Teachers are responsible for laminating their own materials. Please see the Library Media Center staff to make any special arrangements.



Material Use

Checkout of materials to students:

  • Students in grades 9-12 may check out three books at a time.
  • At the beginning of the second semester, students who have an overdue book may not check out a book until the overdue book is returned, paid for, or renewed.
  • The loan period for student books is two weeks.
  • Students who have overdue materials may continue to use the resources of the library media center.
  • No overdue fines are charged. Overdue notices will be handed out at periodic intervals.
  • Lost or damaged books must be paid for by students and staff.
  • Books may be renewed as needed.
  • All reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) will remain within the media center, except for encyclopedias designated for checkout.



Lost and Damaged Books: Minor damages like small tears or pen or pencil marks often can be repaired at our “book hospital.” Books beyond repair or those damaged by food or liquid cannot be re-shelved with regular collection, and a replacement copy must be purchased. Parents will be notified as to the cost of the replacement copy. Students and staff are responsible for replacing lost books.

Checkout of materials to teachers and staff: Teachers may check out materials for a 30-day period, and they may renew the materials if no one else has requested the materials. Please be considerate of other teachers and return materials as soon as you are finished with them.

Materials distribution: Cassette recorders, CD players, globes, record players, listening centers, headphones, and overheads will be distributed during preplanning and the first week of school. TV/VCR’s are available in the library media center for checkout. Teachers are responsible for transporting TV/VCR’s through the hallways. TV/VCR’s must be returned back to the library media center on the day they are checked out. Please see the Library Media Specialist to checkout additional materials for your classroom.

 

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