Teacher Handbook for GHS Library
GHS Library Services
  1. When you schedule a class on Google Calendar into the Library, please note in the description box what subject or assignment the students 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 is for teacher use only.  Please make sure your students know they need to ask for copy assistance. Student personal copies are ten cents each. Student personal pages printed from the computers in the Library costs ten cents per page.  Copies and printing for school are free. 
  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.
  6.  Feel free to use the Library before or after school or at lunch, but please secure the area when you are done. Please have students tidy up before they leave if they are with you.
  7. We can request inter-library loans for any material you may need through the state 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. Our library participates in the Colorado Library Card program, which allows teachers and students to check-out materials from any participating library in the state. Take your ID with you if you plan on using a participating library.  It is a convenience for our students when they use WSC. For more information go to https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/clc/users.htm 
  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 throughthe public library website. We circulate iPods with downloaded books in the same way we circulate books. We can also download on to students’ personal devices.  
  10. Students with a diagnosed learning disability or physical handicap are eligible for services from the Colorado Talking Book Library. 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. 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. 

How to Check-out if the Library is closed
1.  Find the card in the back of the book or on the item.
Sign your name.
Leave the card on the check-out desk.
2.  If the item does not have a card, take a scrap card from the desk.
Write down the last 6 digits of the bar code found on the item.
In books the bar code in near the pocket in the back.
You should write down all the numbers after the series of zeros.
Write down the title of the item.
Write down your name
Leave the scrap card on the check-out desk.
3.  We’ll take it from there.  Thanks.


1.  Every student has a district Google Account.  Student logins are graduation year, last name, and first letter of first name followed by @gunnisonschools.net ([email protected]).  Students will use this login to access Google Docs, etc, Google Classroom, and other resources teachers use.

2. We have computers available for student use. All of the computers have Internet access and are connected to the Library printer. Students copies are ten cents a page for personal printing. 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. 

3. 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

5. Web searches are a nightmare when you get back 764,285 hits. We have a cheat sheet explaining advanced 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.

6. Since Gunnison School District is a Google Applications for Edcuation (GAFE) district, teachers can access information on how to use GAFE at https://sites.google.com/gunnisonschools.net/g-suite.  Please take the time to review this information, but also feel free to ask Danos if you need help or would like to learn more.


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.