Library Services
GHS Library Services
1. When you schedule a class into the Library, please note on the schedule what subject or assignment they will be working on. I am always happy to co-teach any lesson with you to incorporate the information literacy standards. 

2. If you have a student aide, they are your responsibility to keep busy with you in your room. I expect to see them only rarely when they have a Library task to complete for you. 

3. The copy machine in the Library needs to have your copy code in it for you to be able to access it. Student copies are ten cents each. Student work printed from the computers in the Library costs ten cents per page.

4. Teachers may keep what they check out for as long as it is needed. We will collect things at the end of the year. If you’re not using an item, do send it back, which keeps things from getting lost. We will not let students check out items in your name. Students should check out material they will use in their own names. 

5. Feel free to check out materials even if we are not here. Please, write down everything that you take out the door. Sign the card attached to the item and leave it on the check out desk. If there is no card and pocket, use a scrap card available at the desk to note the barcode, title and your name. For machine check out, the clip board is hanging on the shelves where the machines are stored in the back room. Sign next to the machine you are taking 

6. Feel free to use the Library before or after school or at lunch, but please secure the area when you are done. 

7. We can request inter-library loans for any material you may need through the state Swift ILL system. Materials are delivered via the state-wide courier system. We have been able to locate almost all material requested, but please give yourself at least a week’s lead time. 

8. Almost all of our students have been issued Colorado Library Cards which allows them to check-out materials from any participating library in the state. Many of you carry the CLC too. It is a convenience for our students when they use WSC. See us to request a card or replace a lost one.

9. We have a growing collection of audiobooks. These are unabridged books on tape, cd, or in digital format. Most of the books taught in our curriculum (see list in Standards and Curriculum section) are available in audio format in our Library. If we do not have all the books you would like in this format, please let us know and we will attempt to purchase them. We can also download audiobooks through the public library website. We circulate mp3 players with downloaded books in the same way we circulate books. We can also download on to students’ personal devises. The software is not ipod compatible at this time, but that is coming in the next update. See us for more instructions on this.

10. Students with a diagnosed learning disability or physical handicap are eligible for services from the Colorado Talking Book Library, including tape recorders for both home and school use and various print sources in audio and digital formats. The Colorado Talking Book Library does not handle textbooks. See the special education staff for textbooks. Applications for the CTBL are available in the Library. Service can be for long or short term (such as an eye injury or broken bones).

11. I believe it is keenly important to keep students reading all the time. I am happy to do book talks for any class or curriculum area. These do not have to be fiction books, but can be history, science, Hispanic authors, or any other topic. See the list of books read as part of the GHS curriculum in the Standards and Curriculum section . I work with English teachers to present the Blue Spruce Colorado Young Adult Book Award to Freshmen and Sophomores and our own specially selected list of popular books to Juniors and Seniors. From these Juniors vote on a class book. These are painted on the wall in the Library. I will create bibliographies for you on any subject. Just let me know. Reading research notes are in the Standards and Curriculum section of this book.

1. We have computers available for student use. These are all windows based computers with CD-ROMs, floppy, or flash drives. All of the computers have Internet access and are connected to the Library printer. Students copies are ten cents a page. Each computer bears a sign telling what it is capable of doing and what programs are available on it. All computers are set up for to search our Library catalog and the Ebsco magazine database. 

2. Sites teachers need for classroom assignments can be bookmarked into the Library computers or website. Just let us know a little bit ahead of time so we have time to add. Library computers are frozen; there is no thaw space.

3. EBSCO is our subscription database for periodicals. It is available from any Internet computer at school or at home, 24/7. I am happy to work with your classes on accessing and searching EBSCO when it is appropriate to their assignment.

4. Please take time to put a bookmark in your computer on our GHS Library Catalog
go to On the left hand side of the page, the bottom button says “Library Catalog”. Click on that to go to the catalog. Once you are there, bookmark or add to your favorites. 

5. Web searches are a nightmare when you get back 764,285 hits. We have a cheat sheet explainingadvanced search strategies for each search engine. I am happy to help teach these to your students, as well as what to look for in evaluating websites.

1. There is money available for audio-visual resources, books, and magazines each year. 

2. We take requests for audio-visual materials and books anytime you have them. When you see something you would like, bring us the information. We will hold it for the next order.

3. Magazines are renewed in the summer for the next school year. No changes are available during the school year until next spring when the order is developed again. 

4. If you know of material that is no longer useful or your curriculum changes, please let us know so that we can remove (deselect) from the collection. We have a living collection, not a warehouse. Our space is limited.

5. It helps if we know about curriculum changes in advance so that we can order material to support new curriculum. If you are adding or dropping a unit or a class, please keep us advised.

The Library’s purpose is to support you.
Equipment Reminders
1. Most audio-visual equipment is assigned to classrooms, and you are responsible for the equipment in your room. The Library keeps only a core collection of machines which you may borrow from us. We have a check-out sheet hanging in the back room. Please sign out anything you take out of that room. Scheduling equipment is first come, first served, so plan ahead. 

2. You can always borrow equipment from the Library, or go to your department or your neighbors to borrow. Be a good borrower. After you borrow equipment, return it promptly to the place it belongs. Never take something without letting the responsible teacher know. Schedule as much in advance as you can. 

3. When equipment fails, let the Library Staff know. We can often change bulbs and effect quick repairs. If you are in the middle of a lesson, we will endeavor to get working equipment to you. If a big repair is needed we will send the equipment out. This process is not fast, expect to be without your machine for several months. We no longer stock a supply of audio-visual bulbs for all machines. If a bulb goes out, check with us first. We will be using up what we have and you are welcome to it, but if we don’t have it, your department will need to purchase bulbs and parts for equipment located in you department. 

4. Available in the Library. There are three video cameras, a laptop, and DVD player which can be scheduled through the Library. Ask, if we need to show you how to use any of this equipment.

5. Safety note: Moving the televisions on the high carts is dangerous. If they tip over, the television can explode. Many schools do not allow students to move televisions. Check you wall mounted television from time to time to make sure it is secure. 

6. Suggestions for improvement are welcome as we go along.

Evaluating Internet Sites, Recognizing Quality Information
An Information Web Page is one whose purpose is to present factual information. The URL/Address may end with .edu, .gov, .org, or .museum as these pages are sponsored by educational institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, or museums. They present information such as reports, research, and exhibits. 

Answer these questions in full about any web page you are considering using in your research. The more you can answer, the more likely the source is high quality information. If you cannot answer, be skeptical of the information, and find another website that is more trustworthy.

1a. Who is responsible for the contents of the page, a person or a group? If it is a group, give their name in full. Search for a link to a description of the purpose or mission of the sponsoring organization. What is their purpose or mission for this website?

1b. If a person is responsible for this website, give their name in full. Search the site to find out information about the author. How does the author knows about the subject? What is the author's job? What is the author’s educational background. Give details. 

2. What is the email address where you can you contact the sponsoring organization or author? Additionally, what is the physical address and phone number to contact the sponsoring organization or author? Is there only an email link? How do you know it goes to the author or group?

3. Is the information free of advertising? Give details for the two questions below.
If there is advertising, is it clearly differentiated from the information content?
If the site is a .com site, is it wholey advertising for the sponsoring organization?

4. Dates: When was the page written?
When was the page first placed on the web?
When was the page last revised?

5. Is the information easy to read and use?
Is it free from grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors?
Does the page load quickly?
Are pictures, charts, and diagrams labeled clearly?
Does the page include helpful links to other resources? 
Are there any dead links (no longer active) on the site?

6. Explain why you picked this website. Give two or three reasons why it is the best information.

Educational Television Websites
Biography Classroom 
Cable in the Classroom
C-Span in the Classroom
Disney Channel         
Discovery Channell    
Discovery Channel School
ESPN Sportsfigures  
History Channel        
National Geographic 
National Geo Teachers
PBS Teachers         
Weather Channel