Teacher Handbook

S9GS Library-Media Center

Librarian & Media Specialist: Alison Madison

Circulation Desk Extension: 42014

The purpose of this handbook is to provide information on the day-to-day services provided by the library-media center program and to outline procedures to assure those services are provided efficiently.

Staff Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Reserving Technology and Videos

Check the library's Google Calendar for availability. The will be shared with you via Google Calendars.

1. Technology items and videos may be checked out for 3 consecutive days.

2. Items must be picked up 1 day in advance and returned on time.

3. Items may remain in the classroom for the duration of the check out period but must be locked and secured when not in use.

4. There is a separate calendar for the Chromebooks.

Available Technology for Check Out

Updated August 2014

  • Chromebook cart/lab
  • 2 ELMOs
  • 2 iPad carts: 30 student iPads in each cart.
  • 4 Chromebooks. *These are only available when not being used by scheduled classes.
  • 3 TV carts


All iPads purchased by the Madison County School System are managed by Filewave MDM. *Apps may not be purchased via personal Apple ID accounts. Please email App requests in advance so that there is ample time for Mrs. Madison to complete the App purchases, download the Apps, and update and synchronize the carts prior to your classroom needs. *For more details regarding iPads in our building, please see Mrs. Madison for the iPad Student Policy and Teacher Policy.

Image: Jason Howie. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonahowie/

Adding Apps

  • All Apps, free or paid, can only be added, and synced through MDM.
  • All Paid Apps are purchased via the Facilitator Account through the Volume Purchasing Program.

Staff Check Outs

All videos, books, and technology must be checked out. Please note the staff hours listed above: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please do not pass material on to another teacher without contacting Mrs. Madison to make sure that the item is not reserved to someone else. Teachers are responsible for items checked out under their name.

Teachers may check out up to 10 nonfiction or fiction books (fiction books must be of the same title) for classroom use. Please plan ahead so that Mrs. Madison has ample time to gather appropriate sources for your class. Teachers who request books to be sent to their classroom will have materials checked out to their name. When students use the books in the classroom, please establish a procedure so that books are accounted for prior to the end of each class.


All teachers are required to adhere to the Federal Copyright Law as it pertains to educational institutions. The Library-Media Specialist is the copyright resource person; therefore, questions concerning copyright issues should be brought to her.

Scheduling the Library-Media Center

Flexible Scheduling and Open Access

The S9GS Library-Media Center provides both Flexible Scheduling and Open Access to all staff and students.

Flexible Scheduling

Classes are scheduled as the result of collaborative planning for use of instruction to integrate with the classroom curriculum.

1. Please contact Mrs. Madison via email or at extension 42014 to reserve the library for use of books and/or computers. You may also access the library’s Gmail Calendar to check for availability.

2. When planning research projects, please collaborate with Mrs. Madison so that all students have the Information Literacy Skills they need to proceed with research and to ensure that the library has the materials necessary for successful research of topics.

3. The library may be reserved for 4 consecutive days.

4. Over 15,000 resources available.

5. 16 iMac computers.

6. 4 Chromebooks

7. Mobile device charging stations

8. iPad carts (must be reserved)

9. Chromebooks cart (must be reserved)

Open Access

Students have resources and library services available at their point of need.

1. Students may visit the library individually or in small groups to check out or return materials, to read for pleasure, or to access information to complete projects.

2. Please call ahead before sending groups to the library.

3. Groups should not exceed 5 students and should be sent with a pass indicating the purpose of their visit.

4. Students on their own are expected to obey all library rules and complete their tasks in a timely manner.

5. Those who do not respect the library rules or others using the library will be sent back to class.

6. Backpacks are not permitted in the library.


Those wishing to gather in the Main Library or Library Classroom should schedule meetings with Mrs. Madison to avoid conflicts. Virtual School utilizes the library classroom Monday - Tuesday, and Thursday - Friday.

Students and Digital Citizenship / Plagiarism / Copyright

Prior to visiting the library, it is recommended that students understand Digital Citizenship, Plagiarism, and Copyright Law. Please contact Mrs. Madison to receive handouts on these subjects to share with students. Mrs. Madison may also teach lessons on these subjects.

Image: Lauren Brownell. Nine Elements of Digital Citzenship. http://www.sophia.org/tutorials/nine-elements-of-digital-citizenship

Collaboration Opportunities

Please contact Mrs. Madison if you are interested in collaborating on a project or lesson.

Suggested Collaboration Topics

  • Library 101 – Introduction to our library. This is required prior to your first visit.
  • Card Catalogue Scavenger Hunt
  • Canvas- How to log on, etc
  • Google Drive and other Google Apps- How to log on, etc.
  • Research papers and presentations
  • Evaluating websites as reliable sources
  • MLA & Digital Citizenship
  • Book recommendations

About the Librarian

I am a Teacher-Librarian and Media Specialist. I read. I search. I share.

I am passionate about...

  • Books - hand-held and digital
  • Reading YA Literature
  • Instructional Technology
  • Gadgets, gizmos, and educational apps
  • Helping high school students discover all of the above

I Believe that School Libraries are Innovative and Irreplaceable.

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