The mission of the Library Media Program is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information. The library media center strives to provide the school community with a wide range of materials on appropriate levels of difficulty that will encourage growth in knowledge, establish a lifelong love of reading, and foster information literacy.
Goals of the School Library Media Center (LMC)
The school library is integral to the educational process. The following are essential to the development of literacy, information literacy, teaching, and learning, and are considered to be the core school library services:
- Supporting and enhancing educational goals;
- Developing and sustaining in students the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning, and the use of libraries throughout their lives;
- Offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination, and enjoyment;
- Supporting all students in learning and practicing skills for evaluating and using information and providing access in all formats and media to local, regional, national, and global resources and opportunities that expose students to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions;
- Working with students, teachers, administrators and parents to achieve the mission of the school; proclaiming the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in a democracy; and
- Promoting reading and the resources and services of the school library to the whole school community and beyond.
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Computers and Internet Policy
Computer users and their parents/guardians should be aware that Campolindo High School does not have any control over the information on the Internet. While CHS's intent is to make Internet access available to aid in the collection of research materials and other educational uses, it is possible for the users to access other materials as well. Because control over the uses of the computer ultimately lies solely with the student, we strongly encourage parents and guardians to set and convey the standards that their children should follow while using computers. Parents and guardians should read the Acceptable Use Agreement; signing the signature page indicates that both parent and student understand and agree to the policies as outlined therein.
Textbook Lending Policy
Textbooks, workbooks, and other instructional materials are issued at the beginning of each semester and throughout the semester as requested by teachers. Textbooks for year-long classes are issued for the full school year. Textbooks for semester classes are issued at the beginning of each semester and should be turned in to the appropriate teacher at the end of the semester. Class novels and workbooks may be issued and
returned during the course of one semester. Students need to report any and all existing damages to the librarian or teacher as soon as possible.
Students will be issued textbooks only for those classes in which they are enrolled.
Students are required to return all textbooks to the library or teacher at the conclusion of the class, at the direction or request of the teacher and/or the Library staff, or if the student leaves our school. Students are responsible for the care and preservation of all instructional materials checked out to them.
Overdue notices will be sent regularly to patrons as reminders. Students with overdue materials may or may not be allowed to check out other materials until the overdue items are returned or renewed.
Lost Material Procedures
After a certain amount of time has elapsed, an item will be considered lost. When payment for the lost item is recovered from the patron, via the webstore, the LMC staff should clear the obligation in Destiny. Monies collected from lost materials should be deposited into the LMC Lost Book Account. If the book is found, payment is refunded according to policy.
GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES
LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER CURRICULUM/ELA standards
ALA Roles and Responsibilities of the Library Media Specialist
As teacher, the teacher librarian collaborates with students and other members
of the learning community to analyze learning and information needs, to locate and use
resources that will meet those needs, and to understand and communicate the
information the resources provide. An effective instructor of students, the teacher librarian is knowledgeable about current research on teaching and learning and skilled
in applying its findings to a variety of situation--particularly those that call upon
students to access, evaluate, and use information from multiple sources in order to
learn, to think, and to create and apply new knowledge. A curricular leader and a full
participant on the instructional team, the teacher librarian constantly updates
personal skills and knowledge in order to work effectively with teachers, administrators,
and other staff--both to expand their general understanding of information issues and
to provide them with specific opportunities to develop sophisticated skills in information
literacy, including the uses of information technology.
As instructional partner, the teacher librarian joins with teachers and others to
identify links across student information needs, curricular content, learning outcomes,
and a wide variety of print, nonprint, and electronic information resources. Working
with the entire school community, the teacher librarian takes a leading role in
developing policies, practices, and curricula that guide students to develop the full
range of information and communication abilities. Committed to the process of
collaboration, the teacher librarian works closely with individual teachers in the
critical areas of designing authentic learning tasks and assessments and integrating the
information and communication abilities required to meet subject matter standards.
As information specialist, the teacher librarian provides leadership and expertise
in acquiring and evaluating information resources in all formats; in bringing an
awareness of information issues into collaborative relationships with teachers,
administrators, students, and others; and in modeling for students and others strategies
for locating, accessing, and evaluating information within and beyond the library media
center. Working in an environment that has been profoundly affected by technology,
the library media specialist both masters sophisticated electronic resources and
maintains a constant focus on the nature, quality, and ethical use of information
available in these and in more traditional tools.
As program administrator, the teacher librarian works collaboratively with
members of the learning community to define the policies of the library media program
and to guide and direct all activities related to it. Confident of the importance of the
effective use of information and information technology to students' personal and
economic success in their future lives, the teacher librarian is an advocate for the
library media program and provides the knowledge, vision, and leadership to steer it
creatively and energetically in the twenty-first century. Proficient in the management of
staff, budgets, equipment, and facilities, the library media specialist plans, executes, and evaluates the program to ensure its quality both at a general level and on a day-to-day basis.
Excerpted from Chapter 1, "The Vision," of Information Power: Building Partnerships for
Learning. Copyright © 1998 American Library Association and Association for
Educational Communications and Technology.
ALA Position Statement on the Confidentiality of Library Records
The members of the American Library Association,* recognizing the right to privacy of
library users, believe that records held in libraries which connect specific individuals
with specific resources, programs or services, are confidential and not to be used for
purposes other than routine record keeping: i.e., to maintain access to resources, to
assure that resources are available to users who need them, to arrange facilities, to
provide resources for the comfort and safety of patrons, or to accomplish the purposes
of the program or service. The library community recognizes that children and youth
have the same rights to privacy as adults.
Libraries whose record keeping systems reveal the names of users would be in violation
of the confidentiality of library record laws adopted in many states. School library media
specialists are advised to seek the advice of counsel if in doubt about whether their
record keeping systems violate the specific laws in their states. Efforts must be made
within the reasonable constraints of budgets and school management procedures to
eliminate such records as soon as reasonably possible.
With or without specific legislation, school library media specialists are urged to respect
the rights of children and youth by adhering to the tenets expressed in the
Confidentiality of Library Records Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights and the ALA
Code of Ethics.
*ALA Policy 52.4 (see below), 54.16
ALA Policy 52.4 Confidentiality of Library Records
The ethical responsibilities of librarians, as well as statues in most states and the
District of Columbia, protect the privacy of library users. Confidentiality extends to
"information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, acquired," and
includes database search records, interlibrary loan records, and other personally
identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, or services.
The American Library Association recognizes that law enforcement agencies and officers
may occasionally believe that library records contain information which may be helpful
to the investigation of criminal activity. If there is a reasonable basis to believe such
records are necessary to the progress of an investigation or prosecution, the American
judicial system provides mechanism for seeking release of such confidential records: the
issuance of a court order, following a showing of good cause based on specific facts, by
a court of competent jurisdiction.
The American Library Association strongly recommends that the responsible officers in
each library, cooperative system, and consortium in the United States formally adopt a policy which specifically recognizes its circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials to be confidential.
Advise all librarians and library employees that such records shall not be made available
to any agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to such process,
order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to,
federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery
procedures or legislative investigatory power.
Resist the issuance or enforcement of such process, order, or subpoena until such time
as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.
(American Library Association:Revised July 1999)