As the end of the School Year approaches …

               Right now it’s that hectic time of the year in the Library Media Center (LMC). We know that there has already been a serious outbreak of Spring Fever reported throughout the school, but at the LMC we’re still trying our best to contend with all the needs and demands of our entire school population, so please be patient. Recently, we’ve been closed periodically to study students due to AP testing. Of course, MCAS testing is coming soon, so be prepared to see more “TESTING: DO NOT ENTER” signs at our doors.

               In the meantime, we’d like to remind teachers to please check the calendar kept at the circulation desk to check for available time slots to bring in classes. We would also like to remind STUDY teachers, that we do not accept passes from study classrooms as we sign up as many students as we can take in the morning (before homeroom) and in the afternoon (after the last bell of the school day).

               It’s also that time of the year when we need to recruit our teachers to please remind students, especially seniors, to return any outstanding books they may have. The LMC does not charge late fees, but we absolutely want all of our valuable materials back.

               We will be preparing a classroom technology survey in the coming weeks which really depends on the teachers’ feedback. With enough teacher input, the LMC staff will have a better understanding of how you all use your tvs, dvds, overhead projectors, video projectors and other classroom tech, so that we can make better decisions when it comes to preparing a tight AV budget.

               Lastly, we’d like to ask teachers and students to submit recommendations for books or dvds that would be good additions to our collection. We can’t guarantee that the LMC will be able to purchase any requested items, but we take all requests seriously and try to accommodate everyone.

               In parting, I would like to share with you an article, “The inherent insularity of library culture?”, written by a fellow academic librarian. While the author works for a post-secondary institution, I believe that many of the questions and issues he raises also apply to the role of the high school librarian. Everyone knows that we’re here, but not everyone is sure of what it is we can do for them.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a great Friday. GO CELTICS! GO GO GO BRUINS!

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2010. All rights reserved.

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About htwilson

born in brooklyn, raised in queens, massachusetts, that's where I be.
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