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Media Center Policies and Procedures

Accessing the Media Center

Student Access

The Haddon Heights Junior & Senior High School Media Center is accessible throughout the school day for students to locate, read, and/or checkout materials as well as to complete text or computer-based research, homework, or other productive pursuits.  Students enter and exit by the main entrance only.  Book bags must be left by the elevator at the main entrance. Students may access the Media Center in a variety of ways:

  • Before Homeroom or after 8th Period
  • With a class
  • During Study Hall with a pass from a Subject Area teacher to complete assigned work
  • During Study Hall with a pass for independent pleasure reading

Subject Area Pass
Students may obtain a Subject Area Pass to enter the Media Center.  Passes obtained from Subject Area teachers are required.  Study Hall teachers may provide Media Center passes to access the Media Center for independent pleasure reading.

When requesting a pass, students must identify the study hall period during which they require access as well as the specific work they need to complete while in the Media Center.

Students must present the Subject Area Pass upon reporting to the Media Center.  Students must report to study hall first for attendance purposes then proceed immediately to the Media Center (with the pass) and are required to be engaged in the specific work they\'ve identified throughout the study hall period.

After School Use
Students may enter the Media Center from 2:42pm to 3:15pm to complete homework, reading, or research activities.  Students with early out privileges (day ends before 2:42pm) are permitted to enter the Media Center with a Subject Area pass.

Students may NOT access the Media Center during lunch 

Departmental Student Aides may NOT access the Media Center during assigned duty periods

 
 
 
 
 

 Teacher Access

We encourage the incorporation of the Media Center into your plans! 

The Media Center is available throughout the school day for teachers to reserve the Media Center computer lab and/or work areas for class use. Please sign up for computer/table usage by accessing "Library Media Center Sign-Up" on Google Drive.

Teachers should email or meet with Mrs. Carroll or Mrs. Shick at least two days prior to their planned arrival date to if they need materials pulled or equipment set up.

The Media Center operates according to a flexible schedule.  Block schedule days reservations are in demand, so please plan ahead! 

Acceptable Use

Media Center Rules

Work Quietly

Please be considerate of your level of noise while in the Media Center. Talking is permitted, but be courteous of those who are working or studying independently. You should be talking in quiet or whisper voices.

 

 Be Productive

Students must be working or studying while in the Media Center. Students should be seated or browsing for materials.  Refrain from seating more than four (4) students per table.  Make the most of you time!

 

Be Respectful

Be respectful of others, and of the materials you use.  Please refrain from eating or drinking while in the Media Center.

 

Media Center Expectations

All students who enter the Haddon Heights Junior & Senior High School Media Center will be expected to follow the stated Media Center rules, Media Center expectations, and computer use policies. Any violation of these rules or policies will result in the following progressive actions.

 

Please...

  • Conduct yourself in a mature manner...usie appropriate language, etc.
  • Show care when using all Media Center resources.

  • Possess and present a valid Subject Area Pass to enter the Media Center unless visiting with a class.

  • Sign in (on the Media Center Sign In Sheet) immediately when you enter the Media Center.

  • Check out (at the Circulation Desk) any materials you wish to use outside of the Media Center.

  • Return all checked out materials on time.

  • Use time productively.

  • Electronic equipment must be silenced and out of sight (i.e. cell phones); please use headphones for viewing streaming video with audio.

Circulation Policies and Procedures

All students who wish to borrow materials from the Haddon Heights Junior & Senior High School Media Center will be expected to follow the stated circulation procedures found in the student handbook.

  • Items from the circulating collection and interlibrary loan may be checked out for two (2) weeks.

  • Items may be renewed one (1) additional time pending approval.

  • Students may borrow a maximum of five (5) items during a loan period.

  • Teachers may borrow unlimited items.

  • Students will incur a fine of .05 per school day, per overdue item.

  • Fines of .10 per day, per overdue interlibrary loan items.

  • Report cards are blocked if items are not returned and/or fines are due.

  • If an item is lost or damaged the borrower is responsible for replacement cost.

Media Center Collection

Available Materials

  • The Destiny Online Catalog provides total, web-based access to the library collection.  Mrs. Carroll is available to train students in the use of this program.

  • The Media Center is organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

  • Materials are purchased to support the curriculum. Please let Mrs. Carroll know if you have a special need or request.

  • Currently over 14,000 titles including circulating and reference materials are housed in the Media Center.  If we do not own a title you need, we may be able to request the material through our statewide interlibrary loan system.

  • Special collections: Career Library; Young Adult picture books – 50% text/50% illustrations, designed to introduce concepts and excellent for reading aloud; Spanish language picture books; Graphic Novels; Oversized books; Three (3) sets of circulating general encyclopedias; Teacher’s Library contains professional books, journals, teaching kits, videos, videoconferencing manual, internet resources directory, anti-bias study guide, and novels for faculty use.

  • Electronic Resources: All students who enter the Haddon Heights Junior & Senior High School Media Center will be expected to follow the stated Media Center rules, Media Center expectations, and computer use policies. All computer resources are to be used for school related purposes only.  Any violation of these rules or policies will result in loss or suspension of network privileges.

  • Computer workstations with printer access and a scanner are located in the Media Center. 

  • Computers do not accept disks.

  • The Library web page, available from the high school page (hhsd.k12.nj.us) is arranged to help students and faculty find quality information on the internet.  Please give special attention to the search tools link, the reference/research link, and the subject specific links.

  • The Media Center web page offers access to curriculum aligned, proprietary subscription internet databases.  These databases are available from the Library link on the high school page.  Periodicals are accessed through EBSCOhost.  Additional reference resources are available through Gale eBooks.

  • The subscription databases are available for remote access – outside of the Haddon Heights School District network.  Passwords and Usernames are available at the circulation desk.

Media Center Computer Rules

The Haddon Heights Junior & Senior High School Media Center Computer Lab is available for students and staff to complete research and other school-related activities. While using the lab, users must:

Adhere to the Haddon Heights School District Board of Education Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement.strong>Print documents and graphics only when needed. Please refrain from printing multiple copies of any documents.

Note: If you need to print a large document or need multiple copies of a document for a class assignment, ask a staff member for permission before printing.

Refrain from accessing Internet sites where obscene or inappropriate material may be displayed or printed.

Note: If a research assignment requires access to these sites, you must ask a staff member for permission in advance.

The following activities are prohibited:

Accessing or posting to any personal Internet e-mail account. (AOL, Yahoo Mail, HotMail, etc.)

Playing any kind of computer game.

Accessing/viewing chat rooms or similar Internet sites.

Ordering or purchasing items from an Internet site.

Modifying any files other than those found on your personal drive (H:).

Examples: Adding wallpaper, altering/saving files or folders to the computer’s hard drive (C:), etc.

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