McLendon Elementary School Library Handbook
The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
II. Circulation Policy
Books and magazines are available for checkout. All students in grades K-5 may check out the periodicals available for student use. Materials are checked out for two weeks. Overdue reminders are generated weekly. Printed notices are sent out once a month, on the last Thursday of the month. There are no fines but students may not check out any library materials if they have overdue or lost items. Lost materials must be paid for before checkout privileges are restored.
- Kg and 1st grade students may check out one item.
- Students in grades 2 may check out two items.
- Students in grades 3-5 may check out three items.
- Some exceptions can be made if a student is working on a project that requires more than their grade’s allotted number of books.
- Parents may check out up to 10 materials for their children, using their student’s barcode number.
Staff members may check out unlimited items, for as long as needed, but at the discretion of the Teacher-Librarian. Overdue notices are sent to staff on regular basis but materials should be returned when the teacher is finished using them.
All items--books, magazines, professional material--must be checked out. If no one is available in the Library Media Center, please leave the books on the circulation desk with a note indicating the name they should be checked out to. If there are only a few items, please write your name and the barcode numbers of the items you are borrowing on the paper provided. Please do not pass on material to another teacher without returning the material to the Library/Media Center. Teachers are responsible for material checked out under their name.
III. Access to the library
The library offers a flexible schedule.
Teachers may schedule whole class checkout time by consulting with the Teacher-Librarian.
Teachers may choose to send students individually or in small groups to the Library Media Center for checkout.
Students on their own are expected to obey all library rules and complete their checkout in 15 minutes. Those who do not respect library rules or other people using the library will be sent back to class.
Destiny is the school’s online catalog and can be accessed from all the computers in the school as well as at home. The web address is http://dekalbga.follettdestiny.com and then select McLendon. The Destiny Home Page is designed to provide access from the classroom and in the Library/Media Center to many information resources for teachers and students.
The Library has 12 computer stations as well as 10 laptops available for computer research and educational use. Students can use the computers to take Accelerated Reader tests or improve educational skills using one of several subscription databases, including Reflex Math, World Book Encyclopedia, World Almanac.. The Destiny home page is the starting place for access to the web. The DeKalb County Public Library Catalog can be accessed through the Destiny home page.
IV. Copyright Information
All teachers are required by the DeKalb County School Board to adhere to the Federal Copyright Law as it pertains to educational institutions. The Teacher-Librarian is the copyright resource person and conducts an in- service at the beginning of each school year. Questions concerning copyright issues should be brought to the Teacher-Librarian.
V. Video usage policy
A. Video recordings should be selected for the direct relevance to the approved curriculum and specifically relate to the instructional program.
B. Grades K-5: No videos with ratings other than G will be shown without parental consent.
C. Movies may not be shown for reward or entertainment use only.
VI. Other McLendon Library Media Center Services
A. Set up AV Equipment (i.e., carts with projectors/laptops)
B. Train staff to set up and operate media center equipment
C. Instruct staff in the use of resources and computer programs including: specific resources and programs such as Discovery Education video streaming, Destiny, GALILEO and other databases, word processing, PowerPoint and web page design.
D. Facilitate Accelerated Reader reading program
E. Coach Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
F. Provide readers’ advisory service to students and staff
G. Provide bibliographic/work citation assistance
H. Place materials on special reserve for classroom assignments
I. Manage the Snax for Kids Program
VII. Other Services offered by the Department of Educational Media
- Learning Resource Center (LRC) http://lrc.dekalb.k12.ga.us/
- Professional Library http://plibrary.dekalb.k12.ga.us