For Teachers - Class Visits & Library Skills Classes
Mission and Goal of the Library
The mission of the Mesa Verde High School library is to support the curriculum of Mesa Verde High School by providing access to current, adequate and appropriate information, and to help students, teachers and staff become effective users of information.
The goal is to work with the school community to provide excellent media services by providing appropriate research materials to implement the curriculum, obtaining and maintaining the necessary resources and technology, and working with staff and students to develop effective research strategies.
** When the Teacher-Librarian is absent, library services cannot be provided for faculty and students - no exceptions!!! The library space can still, if reserved in advance, be used under the supervision of the classroom teacher or an administrator, but no books or other resources may be checked out or taken from the library.
** A reminder that when Holly Anderson, the Attendance and Textbook ICT, is in the library, as a classified employee she cannot supervise students or assist students with library needs. The class teacher must remain in the library and supervise their students at all times.
Generally, teachers and staff are given unlimited use of library materials. All materials need to be checked out. Please do not remove materials from the library without checking them out first. The length of time for each staff checkout is 3 weeks, but his can be modified depending on individual needs.
The Teacher-Librarian is eager to assist students and teachers with library research. Teachers wishing to use the library to conduct research will need to sign up with the Teacher-Librarian in advance. Please provide a copy of your assignment prior to your class visitation. This will allow the Teacher-Librarian to pull necessary materials and find relevant Internet sources. At the teachers request, the Teacher-Librarian will also assist you with the development of your research assignment. This collaborative effort on an assignment will improve the depth and content of the assignment, and show student outcomes that involve more critical thinking and understanding. Please do not sign up to use the library if you plan to be absent.
In order to make the most of your class visitation, the Teacher-Librarian likes to meet with the entire class to introduce them to the available resources and review with them specific research strategies.
Teachers need to remain with their classes for the duration of the visit. When you are in the library with your students they are under your direct supervision. The library is a quiet area, where students are to work independently. If during the visitation students need to work in groups to complete their research, they are to do so with discretion.
Tips for a Successful Visit
A Sign up at least 24 hours in advance on the library calendar. Providing a week or more time allows for meaningful collaboration to take place with the assignment.
B Provide a copy of assignment to Teacher-Librarian in advance.
C Plan to stay with each class for the duration of the visit.
D Remind students to always carry current school year student IDs. They will be restricted from using the library alcove computer for printing, or book check-outs will result in delays.
E Students can bring in food or drinks with the teachers permission and supervision. The teacher is responsible for assuring that the library is kept clean, and that all trash is placed in the appropriate containers.
F Do not schedule class visitation on days when you plan to be absent. This includes allowing substitute teachers to send students to the library on a pass to get caught up on work missed during an absence. Student can come before school, at the lunch break, or after school when a substitute teacher is covering your class.
Individual and Small Group Visitations
Because other responsibilities, like teaching lessons in classrooms, handling site technology calls for assistance, or covering classes when requested by Juli Paxiao, the Teacher-Librarian cannot always be in the library with an “Open Door” policy. CALL FIRST (extension -5281) to make sure that the Teacher-Librarian is in the library. Remember that Holly Anderson CANNOT supervise students sent to the library. If this happens, students will be sent back to class.
Please do not send more than 5 students to the library, at one time with a class pass/lanyard. If more than one student is being sent, please write out all of the student names on a small note with the time they are leaving, and remind the students to stay together and arrive at the library as a group. Write on the pass the purpose for visit (research, book checkout, computer use, etc…). When the students arrive in the library, they will need to show the pass to the Teacher-Librarian and sign in. The Teacher-Librarian will note the time the students left the library, on the original pass note, before they head back to class. Students who are not on task or are disruptive will immediately be sent back to class.
The Teacher-Librarian is available to conduct classes for students on a variety of topics –
A Library Organization: Dewey Decimal System (DDS – Used in US Public Library and Public School Libraries) and Library of Congress System (LC – Used at all global colleges and universities that provide research resources).
B Search Engine Research Skills: Using online search engines properly – types of search engines, using key word lists for searches, using Boolean Operators to expand or contract searches, using search engine ‘shortcuts’ and special features to alter search parameters.
C Evaluating Websites: Types of website categories (.com, .biz, .gov, .edu, .mil, country abbreviations, etc.), web site authorship, dates and frequency of site updates, evaluating ‘fake’ websites.
D Database Research Skills: Availability of online databases (public sources like public libraries), organization of commercial databases, navigating commercial databases, types of materials (newspapers, magazines, research journals, pictures, video clips, primary sources, etc.) available., use of key word lists for effective searches.
E Social Media, eMail, Chat Applications, and the Permanency of Social Media Postings
Electronic Online Services
The State of California provides to every public school three online research databases. The three databases are (1) Britannica School, (2) Proquest Library, and (3) Teaching Books. These are accessible as tiles on the student or teacher SJUSD Portal Page. They are alphabetically listed among the other tiles on the pages.
The Sacramento Public Library system provides access to a wide variety of consumer and research databases and information websites. These can be accessed with a current Sac Public Library patron card.