Information Center

LEARNING COMMONS (formerly the Information Center)

The mission of the Concord School District Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.  This mission is accomplished through these goals:

·   To provide intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats

·   To ensure equity and freedom of access to information and ideas;

·   To promote the ethical use of information;

·   To promote a collaborative learning environment for staff and students;

·   To foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas through integrated instruction;

·   To work with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of students.

We accomplish these goals by:      

·   Instructing students individually and in groups;

·   Promoting literacy in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and communication;

·   Developing and maintaining a collection of print, non-print and electronic materials which support the curriculum.

·   Working collaboratively with educators to plan curriculum and instruction.

The CHS Learning Commons is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday – Friday for study and use of library resources. The Center contains resource materials for reading, viewing and listening.  The Learning Commons personnel offer instruction in skills needed to use these materials effectively and provide assistance with school assignments.

·   Desktops, Laptops, Scanners, E-Readers, MP3 Players, Cameras, and Projectors are available to support instruction and learning.  An iMac is also available for video editing.

·   A webpage is maintained with learning commons information as well as links to numerous subscription databases for student and staff use. Passwords for use from home are available at the learning commons circulation desk.

·   There is a photocopier available for student use.

·   Students are responsible for everything that they borrow.

Students may bring their own devices for use in the learning commons with the expectation that they will follow the acceptable use policy. Students may see the librarian for guest wifi access. Certain activities are not permitted in the learning commons: talking on phones, taking pictures, filming or recording without prior permission.

Freshmen and sophomores who wish to use the Learning Commons during study hall must pick up a pass before the study hall is scheduled to begin. Posted rules must be observed:

Students are expected to be engaged in productive activities in the learning commons.

Students may talk quietly, but must be courteous and respectful at all times.

Students are expected to follow the Crimson Code in their interactions with staff and each other.

Students are expected to clean up their work spaces and return borrowed materials (scissors, glue sticks, staplers, etc)to their original locations.

Seating in the library is limited, and we must ensure that teachers who have scheduled to bring their classes have the space and resources that they need.

Students accompanied by a teacher do not require a pass to enter the library.

Teachers may send up to 5 students from their classroom on a group pass.

All other students need a pass from their study hall or classroom teacher.

Students must have a pass from the library staff to be in the halls during a block (nurse, bathroom, locker).

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