Library Media Center

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The high school library media center serves to complement, enrich, and support the educational program of the school. Services to the students include assistance in locating materials, instruction in the use of the media center and its collection, and provision of a congenial place to work on school assignments or pursue individual interests. Students have access to a wide variety of materials, both print and non-print, which support all curricula. During the school day, teachers sign up for full or half blocks of time to bring their students to the library for reading or research. During the school day students will be admitted with a pass from their teachers and will have free access to the library before and after school as well as during the lunch. The media center is open from 7:15 to 2:30 with later after school hours by appointment.

The computer lab located within the media center allows students to access their personal account to write research papers and search electronic resources. A computer use contract is required to establish this account. Copyright laws prohibit transference of entertainment or commercial disks and such material will be confiscated. The media center staff will monitor the use of lab computers to assure that students comply with the rules. Resources available to computer users include a full text periodical index, Newsbank, and other databases through the PowerSchool Library Internet link.

The media center also supports a public access television studio and offers two semester courses to students who wish to investigate this technology. Enrollment is limited to ten students per semester. Course participation is required for use of the facility and its equipment. Students interested in television as a career are encouraged to consider independent or work study opportunities. Seniors are permitted to use the facility for the morning announcements, which are carried on closed circuit television to all classrooms.

Appropriate behavior is expected in the media center. Students who fail to act in an acceptable manner may be sent back to their classroom and may be restricted from the media center or face disciplinary penalties. Food and drink are not allowed in the media center.