SHS Library Media Center News

August 2013

Welcome to your Media Center!

I know that you have a million things to do before our students come back, so here is a quick guide to the media center and what I can do for you this week. Feel free to call or e-mail me with random SHS questions as well. If I don't know the answer, I'll help you find it. That's why I'm here.



A library media specialist (LMS) wears many hats. Some instructional duties include teaching library and research skills, integrating the core SOLs into library teaching, and collaboration with teachers to teach core SOLs.

What can I teach the students at SHS?

  • How to locate items in the library
  • Advanced search queries for Google and other search engines
  • Plagiarism and copyright laws
  • Digital citizenship and Internet safety
  • Search queries for the Gale databases
  • The Big6 research process
  • How to evaluate Internet sources
  • How to use technology to create student products

Visit my school webpage for teacher and student resources organized into categories! There is also a Help Desk that contains useful documents for students and teachers.

Questions? Come see me! If you need me to teach a lesson please give me at least one week to prepare, since my administrative duties include cataloging books, creating a selection list, organizing and running fundraisers, writing grants, providing staff development sessions, helping students and teachers with technology, and many more activities.

Staff Development Opportunities

A portion of a library media specialist's job is devoted to providing quality staff development. I collaborate with Patty Collins (ITRT) to provide sessions in the library during the school year.

I can provide the following individual staff development sessions: Microsoft Office, School Center, Senteo (clickers), equipment (laptops, digital cameras, scanner,

digital video cameras, etc.), Discovery Streaming, Delicious, SMART Board, e-mail, Accelerated Reader, Prezi, the card catalog, Kindle, NOOK, World Book Online, Twitter, etc.

If you would like to make an appointment for a short staff development session please e-mail me or come by the library.

Teen Library Council

I will be sponsoring a library club this year (the TLC). Students will have an opportunity to plan library events, join book discussions, help run fundraisers for the library, build a stronger partnership with the public library, and participate in community service projects. Visit our table at Freshman Orientation and Open House for more details!


The library is open daily Monday-Friday for morning sessions, blocks 1-4, and all three lunches.

Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please be aware that the library may be closed more than usual while I battle a health issue. I will try to keep you updated on closings as much as possible.

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Mrs. Alaina Crowder is an honor graduate of Franklin High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Chowan University. She taught Pre-K, third, and fourth grade for eight years. Mrs. Crowder then completed a Master’s degree in Library Science from Old Dominion University. She was the library media specialist at Capron Elementary School for two years prior to moving to the high school library. The 2013-2014 school year marks her second year at SHS and her twelfth year of teaching.