About Us & Policies

Bear Library Media Center Information

  • Doris Wear - MHS Library Media Specialist        weard@msd281.org

  • Chimena Kabasenche - MHS Library Media Assistant     kabasenchec@msd281.org

Media Center Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Monday - Friday
                                     some early closures for meetings or collaborations 

Bear Library Media Center at Moscow High School directly serves our students in grades 9-12, faculty, and staff. We provide resource sharing for Paradise Creek Regional High School, Moscow Middle School, and our district's four elementary schools. The library program is fully integrated into the curriculum and is viewed as an essential component of student achievement. The primary goal of Bear Library Media Center is to ensure that our patrons become effective users of ideas and information.

Mission

Moscow School District Library Media Services' mission is to lead our learning community by fostering 21st century literacy in an environment that challenges students to imagine possibilities, explore opportunities, and connect with the future and the world.

Vision

Moscow School District Library Media Services envisions a program where students will attain knowledge and skills to become accomplished readers, independent learners, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and informed citizens through the expertise of school librarians in collaboration with classroom teachers, using the resources and services provided by Moscow School District.

Objectives of Bear Library's Program

  • To provide students with a variety of authoritative information sources.
  • To help students develop effective information literacy skills.
  • To encourage all students to become lifelong learners.
  • To nurture a love of reading in all students.
  • To ensure all library users are effective users of information.

POLICIES

Circulation Policies

  • A student may check out four books at a time, provided he or she has no account restrictions.*
  • Restrictions will be placed on accounts with overdue items or fines for lost or damaged items.
  • Most books may be checked out for three weeks with additional three week renewal periods typically available upon request.
  • Some equipment of reference materials must be returned by 8:00 a.m. the next school day.
  • Parent or guardian consent may be required prior to check out of some expensive books and other library resources.

Library Fines

  • Replacement cost will be charged for damaged or lost items.
  • $1.00 per day fees for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan books plus any fines or fees charged by the lending library.
  • Long overdue items will be marked as lost and replacement value assessed, if we purchase an additional copy of a book to meet circulation needs.

Student ID Cards

Student ID cards have barcodes which facilitate greater accuracy and efficiency at the check out desk. ID cards, however, are not mandatory to check out resources.

Printing and Copying

  • B & W printing from computers costs 10¢ per page.
  • B & W copy machine copies also cost 10¢ per page.
  • ALL COLOR printing and copies cost 20¢ per page. Students will be required to have a library staff member do color printing and color copying.
  • The ASB will pay for three B & W printouts for each student, each day before school, during the lunch period, and after school. That's nine “free” pages a day!
  • Students working with a teacher in the Library Computer Lab will receive a reasonable number of free pages of printing for work for that teacher.
  • COLOR printing is never free; the ASB only purchases B & W prints.
  • The library does not offer charge accounts. Students should print or copy only what they can pay for at that time. A student funded “little red cup” allows us to provide small loans occasionally.

Electronic Access

        OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

• Our OPAC is easily accessible from the Internet using this URL:  https://msd281.org/district_schools/district_libraries/moscow_high_school_library/.  On the Virtual Bear Library Canvas home page use the Destiny Discover link to access our library's catalog. Students log into the OPAC using their simple PowerSchool username and password.
• Once logged in, patrons may easily put books on hold.
 • See the Destiny Discover video tutorial in the modules for additional information about placing hold requests for other libraries in our school district. 
• If our district libraries don’t have the books you want or need, please use our WorldShare loan requests information accessible on the Virtual Bear Library home page on Canvas. We can order books from across the continental United States.

Online Databases and eBooks


• Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) allows us to access, read, and print full-text articles from numerous online databases. These databases are print sources accessed through the Internet not Internet sites. LiLI for Schools is intended for use by K-12 students. LiLI offers many articles written at collegiate and professional levels, making it useful for research for ELI, senior project, dual enrollment, and higher level MHS courses.
• Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an excellent homework, current events, and research resource. Go to the Databases bear paw on the MHS Library Welcome page or the OVIC icon on Canvas for quick access.
• From the Online Books/eBooks paw on our website or the Gale eBooks icon on Canvas, patrons may access our collection of over 315 Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks. Many of these are in-depth resources suited for high school through college level research. Cameron’s Collection offers several resources for teen concerns and adolescent mental health and wellness.
• JLG Digital and the SORA reading app are also accessible through our Virtual Bear Library Canvas home page quick access icons.
• Some additional links to free digital resources will be provided as we hear about them and have a chance to see how they fit our school’s needs.