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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Beaconsfield High School Library is the information resource centre of the school. Yes, we have 12 computers with which to access the Internet for those hard-to-find topics, but we also have a well-established and up-to-date print collection.

FAQ’s
What do we have in print?
What do we have online?
What do we do in the Library?
What about other media in the Library?
Freebies (or almost) available in the Library…
Who can borrow books from the Library?
How long may I keep a book?
How many books may I borrow?
What do Volunteers do?

What does a School Library Technician do?



What do we have in print?

Topical Information Books in English and French supporting the Quebec curriculum, and classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme.

A Reference collection of general encyclopedias, specialized sets and factual information books.

Fiction in English and French, featuring many Canadian publications but also representing other cultural communities.

Magazines in English and French on news and current events, popular men’s and women’s magazines appropriate for young people, sports magazines and Canadian and National Geographic

Pamphlet file is located in a series of filing cabinets and contains folders organized alphabetically by topic.  It contains newspaper clippings on current issues.

 

What do we have online?

Beaconsfield High School Library Catalogue, searchable by author, title, subject or series

 

What do we do in the Library?

Teachers book the Library for class project work. Students typically begin their research during class time and finish on their own time

Individual students, with their teacher’s permission, come during class time to continue project work, finish homework or use the computers to type up a paper

Groups of students, with their teacher’s permission, come during class time to develop a team project

Lunch hours the Library is open for students to do work or meet their friends for some down time.

 

What about other media in the Library?

The Library is also the Media Centre for the school. Audiovisual equipment is loaned from the Library to students and staff. Types of equipment available are:

Video cameras

Digital still cameras

Overhead projectors

Televisions

VHS and DVD players

LCD projector with computer

Screens

Microphones and stands, speakers, mixer, and wires for the auditorium

 

Freebies (or almost) available in the Library…

Borrowing books is free

Printing from computers: free, included in student fees

Kleenex, scotch tape, pencil crayons, glue, stapler, 3-hole punch, scrap paper - all “on the house”

Bristol/poster board: $.50 per sheet

Photocopying: $.15 per page

 

Who can borrow books from the Library?

Students

Teachers

Support staff

School volunteers

 

How long may I keep a book?

The normal borrowing period for books is 10 school days, not counting holidays and weekends.

Reference books may be borrowed on overnight loan only. Current year encyclopedias are for library use only.

Media equipment may be borrowed by arrangement with the Librarian.

Magazines are for library use only and are not taken out of the Library.

 

How many books may I borrow?

Students may borrow up to four books at a time

Teachers sometimes borrow more for class use

 

 

What do Volunteers do?

Parent volunteers, about 18-20, commit to 2-hour shifts throughout the week

Circulation desk duty - checking books in and out to students and staff, selling bristol boards, and collecting fines

Labelling, taping, stamping and covering new books

Newspaper clipping and filing

Shelving and displaying books, general shelf tidying

Creating new book lists semi-annually

Overdues notices

Helping with bulletin board and book displays

Magazine maintenance

Searching and gathering books on special topics to put aside for teachers

Repairing tired books

Student volunteers may do community service hours in the Library at lunch time

Circulation desk duties

Shelving and displaying books, general shelf tidying

Helping with bulletin board and book displays

Filing newspaper clippings

What does a School Library Technician do?

BHS Library has a full-time, experienced Library Technician; duties include:

Management of the library, a staff of volunteers, and the library budget

Collection development; book and magazine purchasing

Cataloguing and classification of new books

Library instruction, eg. teaching students how to find and use resources, including both print and online

Reference services, eg. helping students find appropriate resources for projects including effective Internet searching

Computer instruction, eg. teaching students how to format documents, control printing, insert pictures, create power point presentations, save documents to safe storage devices, etc.

Creating a collaborative interaction between the Library and teachers

Searching and gathering books on special topics to put aside for teachers

Lunch hour supervision with the aid of one teacher and sometimes a volunteer

Developing library programmes to support the curriculum, eg. author visits

Overseeing the use and supply of audiovisual equipment from the media room

Purchasing of new audiovisual equipment annually, or as needed

Planning thematic bulletin board and book displays

Occasional library promotion contests

Circulation desk duties when no volunteers are present

Overdue book tracking and notices

Training volunteers in all library duties

Managing the updating and maintenance of the library catalogue database

Maintaining the regular functioning of the computer equipment and contacting computer technical staff as needed

Management and updating of the newspaper clipping files

Library webpage updating and management

 

 

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