* Please note: The following is a brief overview of library policies. Please refer to your student handbook and Board Documents for a full description of library policies. Students are expected to follow all THS school policies while visiting the library. Policies on this page are subject to change at the discretion of the library staff.
Student Visitation Policy
- Students must sign in/out on the Chromebook at the entrance
- No eating or food in the IMC
- Water with lids only (must be kept on floor in computer areas)
- No backpacks or book bags
- Respect yourself, others, and the space
- Cell phone use allowed during lunch or before/after school only
- Students visiting from class
- Must have a pass from classroom teacher
- Need to be working on school related tasks
Student Checkout Policy
- Students may checkout up to 5 items at a time
- Checkout limits
- Books: 3 weeks
- Magazines: 1 week
- DVDs: 1 week
- Kindles and Tablets: 2 weeks
- eBooks and audiobooks: 2 weeks
- Calculators: year
- Headphones: 1 day
- Chromebooks: year
- Students may not checkout items for other students
- We do not charge late fines but you will be charged for lost/damaged items
Collection Management Policy
- Criteria for the Development of Media Center Materials Collection Development: The media collection should be developed systematically so that it is well balanced in coverage of subjects, types of materials and variety of content.
- Selection Criteria:
- Materials will be chosen to support and supplement the curriculum, to promote wise use of leisure time, to develop literary discrimination and appreciation, and to encourage students to become 21st century scholars and lifelong readers.
- Materials will be chosen on various reading levels presenting different points of view concerning the problems and issues of the times.
- Books and other instructional materials will be evaluated before purchase, either through direct examination or by consulting reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection tools.
- Accuracy, currency, relevance, text features, format, and authoritativeness will all be considered before making purchases of materials.
- Weeding Criteria: Weeding is the removal of materials from a media center collection in a systematic and deliberate way. It is an ongoing part of collection development, a planned and thoughtful action that will ensure library materials are current and enticing.
- The media specialist should weed media center collections regularly in order to improve resource accessibility and maintain collection relevance.
- The following criteria should be considered when weeding a collection: copyright, content, relevance, physical condition, use, supersession and accessibility.
Procedures for Evaluating Challenged Materials
The parent(s)/guardian(s) of any student in the District shall have the right to register a complaint about controversial reading materials that are part of their child’s curriculum. Supplemental material shall be substituted for completing the requirements of the course for that student.
The parent(s)/guardian(s) may notify the teacher in writing using the request for reconsideration form attached to these rules and schedule a meeting with the teacher and/or Principal to set forth the part or parts of the assigned material, which the parent(s)/guardian(s) finds to be objectionable.
Should the parent(s)/guardian(s)exercise the above right, the student shall not be penalized in any way in academic endeavors because of the complaint. In the case of a complaint, the person receiving the complaint shall present the complainant with "the request for reconsideration form," invite the complainant to file objections in writing and notify the building Principal, the school library media specialist and the Director of Curriculum that a complaint has been registered.
When the form has been completed and returned, the review committee composed of the building Principal, media specialist, two (2) subject area specialists and two (2) community members will be asked to evaluate the material in question. Challenged materials shall not be removed from the classroom during the evaluation periods.
The following guidelines shall apply to the evaluation process:
- To examine and evaluate the material as a whole, not based on passages pulled out of context,
- To check appropriate selection aids for evaluation of the material,
- To weigh strengths and weaknesses and form opinions based upon the selection criteria, the appropriateness of material to the reading ability and maturity level of the student, the nature of its use in the educational program, relevance to the curriculum and educational goals of the school, (Cf. 7800)
- To meet to discuss the material and prepare a written report containing conclusions and recommendations within 30 days,
- To direct the written report to the Board, and
- To send the complainant a copy of the written report.
If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decisions of the media review committee, an appeal of the decision may be made through the Superintendent to the Board for a hearing and final decision. The report shall be discussed with the Board by the members of media review committee.