Teacher's Guide to NHS Media Center

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Northern High School Media Center Mission

To serve, support, and enrich the educational program of our school. To enable students, and the entire NHS school community to develop skills for locating, evaluating, and using information responsibly.

September 2015

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Charity Harbeck, M.A.

Librarian/Media Specialist

harbeckc@calvertnet.k12.md.us

harbeckc@weebly.com


7:10 – 2:40 Monday - Friday

I. SCHEDULING LIBRARY FOR CLASS USE

· Teachers who wish to bring classes to the Library/Media Center must schedule dates with the Media Specialist in advance. You may do this via email to harbeckc@calvertnet.k12.md.us or by signing up on calendars posted in media center. An online calendar option will be available in the near future.

· Teachers should meet with the Media Specialist to discuss the assignment, availability of materials, and skills to be taught by the teacher-librarian team.

· Class groups must be accompanied by their teacher. Please do not plan to send students to the Media Center with a substitute unless prior arrangements have been made.

II. SCHEDULING LIBRARY FOR GROUP USE

· Teachers may send individual students with a pass to the Media Center to make up tests or quizzes.

· Due to limited space in the facility, teachers need to schedule time for groups of students to come to the Media Center for research or group work.

· Groups or individuals sent to the Media Center must have a pass and a specific assignment, instructions and materials needed before coming to the Media Center.

III. Acceptable Use Policy

IV. CIRCULATION OF PRINT MATERIALS

MATERIALS CIRCULATION PERIOD


Regular Collection - 3 weeks (May renew once)


Reserved Books (class sets or items pulled for specific class use in the library) -

Teacher check-out only


Reference Books - Overnight – Due by 7:20 the following day


Literary Criticism - Do Not Circulate


· Teachers are responsible for all books checked out and sent to the classroom on a cart. There will be a printout listing titles of items on the cart and the number of books on the cart. Please count all books on the cart prior to dismissing each class that uses the books.

· Student overdue notices will be distributed to classroom teachers

V. CIRCULATION OF AUDIOTAPES, DVDS AND VIDEOTAPES

· DVDs and CDs are checked out to teachers only.


· Teachers may show any school-owned DVD or videotape.


· It is a violation of copyright law to show any DVD/videotape rented or borrowed from a public library.


· Teachers may show clips of "PG-13" and "R" rated movies for a specific instructional purpose.


· Principal and parental/guardian permission are required to show an entire "R" rated movie in your classroom. It is your responsibility to keep the forms on file and make arrangements for any students that do not obtain permission watch the film.


CCPS Policy regarding this can be found here: http://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/administration/policies/documents/2305.1.pdf

VI. CIRCULATION OF EQUIPMENT

Equipment is checked out to teachers for daily or yearly use. Document projectors, Wireless presenters, TVs, VCR/ DVD players, LCD projectors, etc are available. Contact Media personnel for your specific request.

· Equipment bulbs are kept in Media Center. Contact us for a replacement. Advanced notice is recommended if possible.

· Teachers must come in advance to check out equipment. The equipment sign-up is located on a clipboard outside the equipment room door. You must sign up for each day that you need a piece of equipment.

· If you need a piece of equipment for consecutive days, you may keep it secured in your room. Please store remotes in your desk drawer. However, if you are not signed up for the next day, the equipment is due by 2:40 that day.

· Responsible students may transport equipment to your room.

· If your equipment malfunctions, you may send a note to the Media Center explaining the problem and someone will assist you as soon as possible. Please be aware that the Media staff may not be able to come to your room if there is a class in the library needing assistance. If you are unsure of how to operate equipment, it is best to check it out the day before you need it to set it up and practice.

VII. TECHNOLOGY USE

CALVERT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ INTERNET CONNECTION USES A SYSTEM THAT IS DESIGNED TO FILTER AND BLOCK INAPPROPRIATE SITES ON THE INTERNET AND SITES THAT GENERALLY ARE NOT EXPECTED TO ENHANCE CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES.


VIII. COMPUTER REPAIR/TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

Before reporting computer problems please reboot your machine, talk to other teachers around you to see if they are having the same problem and check all cords and connections!


· Internet Connection Not Working or Running Slowly: Give it time! There are certain times during the day when there are people all over the county using the Network and Internet connections tend to be slow. If there is a problem, it is most likely at the Board and they will correct it as soon as possible.

· Gradebook Problems: All Gradebook problems should be reported to the school Gradebook Coordinator.

· Computer Repairs: Email harbeckc@calvertnet.k12.md.us with a detailed description of the problem or leave a note in her mailbox in the main office.

· We will come to your room if we feel that the problem can be repaired in-house. If the problem will need to be repaired by a computer technician it will be sent in to the HelpDesk at the BOE. You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your repair request has been sent to the Help Desk.