The function of Little Flower Library is to:
- support the school curriculum by providing a suitable up-to-date relevant and attractive range of non-fiction books;
- encourage independent learning and assist in project-based research through text and technological means;
- foster a love of reading and storytelling, thus preparing the student for constructive use of leisure time in adult life.
IMPLICATIONS FOR DEPARTMENTS
- Library skills are specifically delivered to Year 8 students, through the English Department, but these new skills can only be reinforced by project and research work being provided naturally within their curriculum.
- It is expected that all departments integrate library skills into their teaching and make a policy statement on the role of the library in their subject area.
- It would be hoped that departments would actively help advance the library and its stock by –
- donating books, magazine and paper articles relevant to their curriculum area;
- monitoring stock pertaining to their subject and “weeding” when necessary.
- making available through the library CD ROMs and relevant software pertaining to their subject areas.
ACCESS AND LENDING FACILITIES
The library is managed by the school librarian (8.30 a.m. - 12.05 p.m., 12.40 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. except Friday when the staffing finishes at 4.00 p.m.). Use of the library for after school study is encouraged.
An individual student or small groups of students may be sent to the library for research purposes, providing the teacher sends their permission card. Where appropriate teachers should liaise with the librarian before sending groups to the library.
The library can be accessed at all times by Years 13/14 students for study purposes.
Years 8-12 students may borrow two fiction books and one non fiction book at any one time. Years 13 and 14 students are allowed to borrow four books, but extra books can be borrowed following negotiation with the librarian.
Books may be borrowed for two weeks after which time they must be returned to the library or re-issued. A reservation facility is available.
Each department will be given the opportunity to submit requests for needs during March/April; however, the bulk of the funds will be allocated to only a few departments in any one school year.
The general criteria for the allocation of funds are:
- new subjects;
- subjects with a poor selection of books currently in the library;
- subject undertaking specific library activities which need resourced;
- Subjects updating resources.
Departments are kept up to date with new stock. HODs are informed and requested to evaluate books relevant to their department when they arrive. Requests for magazines must be renewed each year. At a future date it may be necessary to ask departments to buy the magazines needed for the library.
ICT IN THE LIBRARY
The Librarian has a computerised administration system which will include internet access.
B14, an annex of the Library, is a fully integrated PC suite with 20 PC’s and access to Colour/Mono printing. This is primarily for use by the English Department. At other times it will be a whole school resource. With the exception of the English Department, all other classes must be pre booked.
There is a wide variety of CDs held within the library; these cater for both PC and Apple Mac computers. The latter are intended to facilitate research, complement classroom learning and encourage independent learning.
Departments are requested to include in their units of work library research activities. These require students to use library material including CD ROMs and the Internet for the retrieval of information.
Access is open to all students at Monday-Thursday (8.30 a.m. - 4.15 p.m.) and Friday (8.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The librarian is available to monitor the use of the Internet and assist students with the use of its IT facilities.
Bookings can only be for a maximum of one week at a time. Requests for bookings should be made through the librarian.
Stationery needs and furnishing are funded by L.M.S.O. Subject Departments are welcome to give donations of useful or relevant books, or use funding for the purchase of these.
Role of Librarian
The librarian has a large number of roles to perform. These include:
- cataloguing books;
- shelving books;
- weeding of old texts;
- issuing/accepting returns;
- recording the temporary borrowing of reference books or other resources;
- in conjunction with the Head of English choosing fiction books for the library each year;
- searching the Internet for relevant curriculum materials;
- give assistance to students accessing books, the internet and IT facilities;
- ensuring that students in the library follow the Library Rules (refer to Code of Practice);
- liaise with Ulidia Resource Centre if additional stock is required to undertake specific projects;
- provides feedback to teacher librarian and subject teachers regarding the use of the library as a centre for learning.
Role of Subject Teachers and Form Teachers
- issue overdue notices when necessary (form teachers will be provided with an update of overdue books for students in their class on a monthly basis);
- book classes into the library through the librarian;
- inform the librarian of projects in advance, preferably at the start of each year (to facilitate the acquiring of additional resources, if necessary);
- bring Year 8 students and students commencing Post 16 courses to the library to introduce them to the material available in their subject area;
- advise their HOD/librarian on stock requirements;
- advise on stock withdrawals;
- advise on books which should be placed on "OVERNIGHT LOAN" only.
Role of Class-Librarian
The class-librarian is expected to:
- keep a log-book to record the Fiction books read during the class library period;
- help with the issue and return of books during their library period under supervision of the librarian;
- generally take an interest in the library and perhaps offer to help out during lunch-time or after school;
- familiarize themselves with students in their class who have overdue books and encourage these students to return their books promptly.
The Schools Library Service (SLS), which is based at Ulidia Resource Centre, will provide current bibliographic information on any books, on request. Books may also be examined in ULIDIA itself. Project material (books and A/V) can be borrowed from the Projects Department, if our own library does not fulfill your requirements.
Videos and films are also available from the NI Educational Film Library, as are teachers' books from the Teachers' Reference Library.
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR LIBRARY
- Enter and leave quietly.
- Ask permission to leave library during class.
- Follow the librarian's instructions with regard to school bags.
- Sit at study tables whenever appropriate.
- Eating and drinking is unacceptable.
- Study silently at all times.