WELCOME!
This virtual library is an extension of the library collection and learning commons at

   Seminole High School 
   2100 NW Avenue D
   Seminole, Texas 79360
  

Hours:
   7:45-4:30 Monday-Friday

Mission:
The mission of the Seminole High School library is to allow our school community access to information: to use, to create, to preserve, to understand, to share and to enjoy. 

Staff:
Elizabeth Jackson, Librarian 
Armandina Munguia, Library Aide

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Resources:

Library Collection:

The SHS Catalog named Alexandria includes our physical collection

plus E-books available for checkout on Overdrive 
          Username is your school ID
          Password is your last name
Look for thousands of books available for download on gutenberg.org

EBSCO e-books...........................................................Professional Teaching books

 

CHECK OUT OUR MOVIES!


How to set up your account on Alexandria:


Click on Catalog (see above)

That takes you to Alexandria

Click on Researcher. Click on Log in

Log in with your school ID as username and your last name as password.

Check the top to see your name. Click on your name.

At the top right hand corner, there will be the balance for fines.

You may also use the tabs to create a list of books, see what you have checked out, etc. 

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Use in our Makerspace/TinkerStation

Raspberry Pi and Arduino

Makey Makey, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits

Little Bits and Little Bits Add-ons

M3D Micro 3-D Printer

Legos

Spirograph

Animation Studio

Art Supplies

Retro/Vintage machines:

Cassette player, CD player, Boom Box

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The 
GO Center 
 
is located in the southwest corner 
of the upper level of the library, 

facing the Senior and Junior lockers.
It is maintained by the SHS Library 
& Counseling Department. 
It holds many hard-copy resources 
for 
College and Career Readiness.


  
 For online resources please click below to be directed to the main SISD page:
College and Career Prep

This is also where students can meet with College Recruiters 
and where College Signings will take place.

Also, please find ACT and SAT prep materials at 

College Board

ACT

Occupational Outlook Handbook

and on our Overdrive e-book collection


 

LIBRARY POLICIES

In order for our library to operate efficiently for the benefit of the greatest number of students, the following rules and regulations are necessary:

Student Use:

  • The library will be open from 7:45 am until 4:30 pm each day.
    • (Closes at 4:15 pm if there are no students OR when the last student leaves up until 4:30 pm.)
  • Students will be admitted only with a pass during school hours.
    • Teachers must sign a pass for an individual student to enter the library during the regular school day. This includes student aides and/or students with senior conference.
    • The teacher must state on the pass the student’s reason for coming to the library.
    • Students with a pass must sign in and out when entering and leaving the library.
    • Students with a pass using the library should secure permission from a library staff member to leave the library for any reason other than to return to the classroom.
  • The library must be reasonably quiet at all times.
  • Food and/or drink is not allowed in the lower stacks.
  • Use of earphones is allowed in the library with laptops only, not with phones.
  • Cell phones will be allowed for library work, only with permission. Cell phones not in use for library work will be confiscated according to school policy.
  • If a student cannot pay fine, they may be able to work off that fine in the library at a rate of $2 per hour before or after school only.

Use of Materials/Fines:

  • Please take note of the due date (stamped when your book is checked out). Please return on time.
    • A fine of twenty-five cents (.25) per day will be charged for overdue books.
    • The total fine never exceeds the price of the material overdue.
  • Reference books are to be used within the library. At the end of the school day, reference books can be checked out for overnight use. These reference books are due the next morning before classes begin.
    • A fine of one dollar (1.00) per day will be charged for overdue reference books
    • The total fine never exceeds the price of the material overdue.
  • Current newspapers/periodicals are for use in the library and are not to be checked out. (Databases with this same information is always available online.)
  • Back issues of magazines may be checked out for overnight use.
  • All library records must be cleared before the end of each semester or upon withdrawal from school.
  • Reserve books may not be checked out to a student without a teacher’s permission.
  • A $2.00 fine may be levied for any student who removes the magnetic strip from a book.
  • Lost or damaged books may result in the student purchasing a replacement.

Calculators:

  • When we receive a calculator with the barcode removed, that calculator is considered "lost". We will make a new barcode and reissue that calculator to another student. The "lost" calculator will remain in circulation until it is paid for by the original borrowing student.

Selection and Accessibility:

The Seminole High School Library staff selects, acquires and provides free access to appropriate materials in multiple formats to all its community members. As technology increases and as the SHS community changes and develops, the SHS Library will remain a resource for physical materials and virtual use and storage.

The library staff strives to meet the current requirements and to anticipate future needs both in its collection services and in its inclusion for all students, faculty, staff and community.

Responsibility for Selection: 

While suggestions for materials are certainly welcome from faculty, staff, students, parents, community members, the ultimate selection decisions will come from the librarian who will employ the selection strategies and criteria outlined in this policy.

Objectives of the Seminole High School Library Collections:

  • To promote literacy and to offer support for lifelong learning
  • To develop a love of reading both for educational and recreational purposes
  • To provide access to a variety of opinions on matters of current interest and to encourage constitutional freedom of expression
  • To support educational, civic, and cultural activities within the school community
  • To encourage continuous learning and to supplement formal study; to provide support as students encounter new information and new ways in which to acquire or present that information
  • To maintain a physical collection of resources that is available during operating hours.
  • To maintain a virtual collection of resources that is accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and throughout the summer months or vacation days when students are not in school
  • To provide materials which entertain the individual and enhance the individual’s enjoyment and understanding of life experiences
  • To incorporate skills from the classroom making them applicable in many forms

Current Collections:

Antique Book Collection--Books that are over 50 years old
GO Center--College Materials for students to use and take
Main Collection--Arranged by Dewey Decimal System and Alphabetized by Genre
Makerspace/TinkerStation--Learn by doing and playing
Reference Collection--Integrated into the main collection
Texas Collection
Texas Reference Collection

Methods and Criteria for Selection:

Libraries have the responsibility to be inclusive in selection rather than exclusive. In the selection process, every effort is made to represent the diversity of our community with a wide variety of views. Each type of material will be considered for its own terms of excellence along with the audience for which it is intended. No single standard can be applied in all cases. Some materials may be judged primarily in terms of artistic merit, scholarship, or their value as human documents; others are selected to satisfy the recreational and entertainment needs of our school community.

Methods:

The library staff uses the criteria below in selecting materials. Materials are judged as entire works, not on isolated passages, topics, or sections.  

Gifts/donations offered to the library are evaluated using the same criteria. Members of the library community may suggest books or other materials to be added to the library’s collection.

Criteria:

  • Attention of critics, reviewers, media and public
  • Suitability of format for library use
  • Suitability of subject and style for the intended audience
  • Importance as a document of the times
  • Relation to the library’s existing collection
  • Authority, reputation, or qualifications of the author, artist, publisher, or producer
  • Organization and/or ease of use; clarity, accuracy, and logic of presentation
  • Cost and availability
  • Currency of information
  • Inclusion in standard bibliographies or indexes
  • Representation of an important movement genre, trend, or national culture
  • Artistic presentation and experimentation
  • Contemporary materials representing various points of view which are of current interest and/or possible future significance
  • Contemporary materials reflecting current conditions, trends, and controversies

Collection Maintenance and Evaluation:

Library materials are continuously assessed for their condition, accuracy, currency, performance, and relevancy to library users within the context of the total library collection. The withdrawal/discarding of materials is a formal process conducted by knowledgeable staff as a necessary method to maintain collection viability, size and scope. Many of these discarded materials will be available for the school community to take at no charge; many will also be donated to the county library for its fall library sale; only a few actually go into the trash.

Reconsideration of materials:

If a member of the community should raise a question about the appropriateness of a particular item in the collection, the library staff will attempt to resolve the inquiry by a review of the criteria outlined above. A timely, considered response will be offered to the individual outlining why the book should or should not remain. 

If the individual is not satisfied with the review, the individual may then elect to submit a “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form to the principal of Seminole High School. He or she will apply due scrutiny to the material in question and will be the final arbitrator.

Universal Design

The library staff strives to make the library a place that is welcoming and accessible to all students. Materials are provided in accessible formats and can be manipulated for any student who might need accommodation for access. Special care has been taken to arrange furniture and books, etc. to accommodate most needs. If you find need of other accommodations, please let us know. The staff will assist in any way possible to accommodate access. 



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    Pulitzer Prize Winners, Fiction

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    Pulitzer Prize Winners, Poetry

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    Lone Star Cup Standings

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    Your Librarian's favorite author

 
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Texas Gateway
Texas Gateway is a free online resource library for educators and parents provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
The Texas Gateway not only builds upon the success of TEA’s online learning community Project Share but also expands access to resources—such as videos, interactives, formative assessments, professional development courses, and other classroom support materials—designed to strengthen classroom instruction to help every student succeed.
"The Texas Gateway reflects many months of work and collaboration with our educators who asked TEA for an avenue that promotes a Texas-specific approach to online resources," said Commissioner Morath. "And while teachers will no doubt find the resources on this site to be valuable tools, items found on the Texas Gateway are also available to parents, students, and all Texans at no cost."

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