Library Policies

Contact Information

Juliana Schiweck, Library Media Specialist
Kelly Watson, Library Media Assistant

(208) 882-3577

1410 East D Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843

Library Hours
8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Library Media Center

The Library Media Center is an integral part of the educational program at MMS. Students have access to a wide variety of resources with reading levels 2.5 through 12+. The librarian's job is to prepare our students to be learners for the 21st century and to become effective users of information and ideas. The library staff helps students and staff in an environment conducive to learning, provides appropriate and adequate information resources, and models the behavior of lifelong readers and learners.

Checkout Policy

  • Students may have up to five items (books, magazines, and other library materials) checked out from MMS Library at a time.
  • Magazines circulate overnight.
  • Books are checked out for ten school days, with additional ten-day renewal periods. Books cannot be renewed if another student has placed a hold waiting on the book in question.
  • Reference materials are for in library use.
  • Students must hand in a completed AV Checkout Form with parent signature to check out any tape cassette, Playaway, video, DVD, or multimedia kit.

Library Fines and Overdue Policy

Students are responsible for the reasonable care and prompt return of books and library materials they borrow. MMS Library imposes no overdue fines for late books and materials. However, students cannot check out any additional items until all overdue items are returned or renewed. Students must bring any library material with them to renew.

Students are responsible for books and materials they have borrowed. They need to pay the cost of the missing or damaged item. Students pay only bindery costs if a damaged book can be repaired rather than replaced.

Library Rules

  • Show care when using all library resources.
  • Eat your food or snack before you enter the library. Water bottles are okay at the table.
  • Come to the library with a pass/signed agenda unless you are with a class group.
  • Bring your lunch pass when you come after eating lunch. You must stay in the library until the end of the lunch period. Lunch passes are available at the circulation desk every morning.
  • Print only what you really need at our black laser printer (limit - 5 pages of text).
  • The cost of color prints for personal use is $.20 each (2012). See Guidelines for printing images below.
  • Respect other people's files in shared classroom folders. Do not change, copy, read or access files that are not yours.
  • Check your e-mail before or after school, but not during school hours. However, you may send/receive your assignments via e-mail throughout the day. You need permission from a librarian or teacher who is in the library each time before you go to your e-mail account to send or retrieve an assignment.
  • Play video games at home. Video games are not permitted on the library or LCC computers.

Student Expectations

Students can access the library individually or with their classes throughout the school day as well as before school, at lunch, and after school. When accessing the library individually, students are expected to work quietly and independently. Student expectations for using the library are as follows:

Respect

  • Yourself
  • Others
  • The library area
  • Library material

On Task

  • Reading or studying
  • Browsing for books
  • School assigned research, projects, and homework

Quiet Voices

Guidelines for Printing Images in Color or Black and White

Image printing for school projects, whether color or black and white, is done through department printers. Your teacher will be able to help you with this. Please contact your teacher for image and printing requirements.

Librarian Services

  • Build and maintain a user-friendly Moscow Middle School Library Website.
  • Develop a library collection that supports the needs of the Moscow Middle School community.
  • Co-teach with classroom teachers mini-lessons on relevant topics.
  • Provide information literacy instruction as needed individually or to a whole classroom group.
  • Prepare resource carts for classroom use.
  • Create custom web searches.
  • Help students with their informational needs.
  • Compile and print bibliographies for staff.
  • Maintain an accurate electronic library catalog.
  • Monitor make-up quizzes and tests.
  • Plan and coordinate library programs that encourage the use of the library and reading.
  • Provide inter-library loans for students and staff.
  • Provide open study hall before school, at lunch, and after school.
  • Select, order, and process books, periodicals, newspapers, and other materials.
  • Generate, print, and distribute overdue and hold notices.
  • Set-up equipment for teacher in the library or LCC, including video and audio equipment.

Library and Library Computer Center (LCC) Use Procedures

Class Group Use
The Library (main hall) and the Library Computer Center (LCC) are busy places. Teachers can sign up and hold class in the main hall or in the LCC. The LCC and the main hall are filled on a first come, first served basis. No more than two class groups (one group per computer area) plus drop-in students may share the library facilities at a time. The sign-up sheet for the main room and the LCC is located in the library. A three-day limit of the computer labs is preferred for each classroom project because of limited computer access in the building.

Individual/Small Group Use
Teachers may send up to three students for computer use and up to five students for library books on a first come, first served basis unaccompanied by their teacher. Students are responsible for their own behavior in the Library and the LCC. Students are greeted as they enter the room, asked if they need help, and asked what they will be working on. Students who are off-task or interfere with others are asked to resume working, and if they cannot, they are told to return to the regular classroom. Teachers may also send individual students for make-up quizzes and tests. The student will turn in the completed test/quiz to library staff and the library staff will return work completed to the teacher's mailbox at the end of each school day unless the teacher sends a written request with the student to do otherwise.