Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks Library VISION: To provide the highest quality resources in an optimum facility by a highly qualified, user-friendly staff.

GOALS:
  1. Provide user-friendly, knowledgeable service for all: students, staff, and parents.
  2. Provide high quality resources.
  3. Provide a safe and comfortable place for learning.
  4. Support classroom learning.
  5. Maintain a professional atmosphere.


Operating Guidelines:
1. Provide user-friendly, knowledgeable service for all: students, staff, and parents.
  • First, greet each person with a warm friendly message
  • Second, ask how you may help them
  • Third, ask each independent student to sign in on the clipboard
  • The library staff will be familiar with the HAMO Library web pages
  • The library staff will be familiar with the databases provided by LMS
  • The library staff will be familiar with the software used by students
  • The library staff will be familiar with the computers and able to trouble shoot basic problems with software and hardware


2. Provide high quality resources.
  • Students and staff may use any and all of the library resources
  • Students may check two books at a time unless the classroom teacher requires more
  • The final selection of materials is the Library Media Specialists (LMS) decision
  • Library staff is expected to make suggestions for acquisition of popular books or titles that are repeatedly borrowed from other libraries
  • Library staff is expected to inform the LMS of missing books, popular books and requests made by students or staff for new books, sequels etc.
  • New acquisitions will be ready for check out as soon as possible
  • Kindly accept donations and state that the library media specialist will make the decision about how to use their donation
  • Inform the librarian of issues and concerns regarding patrons and materials
  • Replace office supplies as needed and inform the LMS of purchases needed

3. Provide a safe and comfortable place for learning.
  • Organize the library
  • Clean counters, table tops, doorknobs, keyboards weekly
  • Posters and signs will make positive statements
  • Address students by their proper name, unless they ask you to use a nickname
  • Comments and questions stated to students will be professional
  • Comments will be non-judgmental and non racial
  • Report repairs to the Library Media Specialist
  • Quietly, respectfully inform students of overdue books, fines, and other problems
  • Help students to be where they need to be (as opposed to ‘catching’ them doing wrong)
  • Help students to stay on task (we are not the internet police)

4. Support classroom learning.
  • Avoid interrupting classes. Example: Deliver books in a classroom and/or communicate with teachers and students before the tardy bell rings, or during the last minutes of the class period
  • Allow students who need quick use of the library to do so without returning to the classroom for a pass. Example: A student says he needs to print his essay.
  • Assist teachers with resources and encourage collaboration with the library
  • Be aware of what students are working on and viable resources

5. Maintain a professional atmosphere and professional behavior.
  • Welcoming and friendly to all
  • Use good grammar
  • Positive comments
  • Providing high quality friendly service is more important than enforcing school rules and regulations
  • Avoid judgmental comments
  • Avoid personal questions