Okay, so after a year of working in my current position–and high school being a new animal for me, I decided to go with the flow –the status quo for library rules and expectations. I observed many things I did not necessarily like, but my principal wanted me and my colibrarian, both new to high school, to be more of an observer before we made any significant changes. (Well I had one year under my belt from several years ago, but it was a significantly smaller school.) So here is the proposed changes that I want to make into a poster to create for orientation and to display in the library. The goal is to be positive, while leaving room for students to make choices concerning their behaviors, particularly online. The fine print defines specifics that I can pull students into lowkey conversations about less than desirable behavior. We are open in the morning and at lunch, and allow students to “get online” in a supervised space when we have the room (i.e. no classes competing for computers.) We only have forty workstations, so more often than not, lunchtime has very few computers available. But on the positive side, the number available is a manageable number to supervise by me, my colibrarian, or our assistant. So I offer them for your perusal and am open for suggestions.
1) Enjoy the clean, quiet, and friendly environment of the library.
- No food, drinks, or loud talking.
2) Use the books and computers to do your best school work and earn great grades.
- The library’s resources are available for school related purposes.
- Any other activity may result in denial or restricted use.
- Students may checkout up to five books for three weeks.
- Overdue books result in fines (ten cents a day.)
3) Help keep shelves orderly and tidy.
- Books pulled from the shelves but not checked out should be placed in the drop box at the circulation desk.
4) Visitors are welcome in the library between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4 PM daily.
- Students will need a pass at all times except after school.
- Morning and lunch passes are available from an administrator on the diamond in front of the cafeteria
- Upon entering the library during classes, students must present a pass and sign in at the circulation desk. Sign out when leaving.
- If a computer is needed when visiting from a class, the pass must indicate the need. No unsupervised internet activity allowed.
- Visits are limited to 20 minutes (unless otherwise arranged with the librarians by the classroom teacher.)
- No more than two students per class may visit the library during class (unless otherwise arranged with the librarians by the classroom teacher.)