MSHS Library Policies
The mission of the ASFM Huasteca Media Center is to work with students, faculty, and staff to develop critical thinking, nonbias information literate consumers and creators, and to develop a culture of literacy among all stakeholders in the greater school community. To this end, we will provide information literacy skills and audiovisual instruction along with a collection of materials to implement, enrich, and support the curriculum of the American School Foundation of Monterrey and to meet the individual educational, emotional, and recreational needs of the entire ASFM community.
ASFM MEDIA CENTER POLICIES - AS IS REFLECTED IN OUR MISSION, THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THIS LIBRARY ARE TO STRIVE TO ELIMINATE OBSTACLES TO ACCESS RATHER THAN ENFORCE RESTRICTIONS ON IT; TO BE INCLUSIVE IN OUR PRACTICES RATHER THAN EXCLUSIVE; AND TO FOSTER A SENSE OF MUTUAL RESPECT AMONG STAFF AND PATRONS TO INFORM OUR INTERPRETATIONS OF POLICY. PATRONS WHO ACT IN GOOD FAITH BY CARING FOR MATERIALS AND USING THEM PROPERLY AND BY TREATING THE LIBRARY STAFF, PATRONS, AND FACILITIES WITH RESPECT WILL BE AFFORDED EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.
OBJECTIVES OF THE LIBRARY
- Acting as a learning laboratory and extension of the classroom.
- Encouraging leisure reading and a love of literature.
- Helping and supporting our community in the development of academic and passion projects.
- Providing research resources for teachers and students.
- Helping students learn appropriate research and formatting skills.
- Helping students access multiple sources of information and using audiovisual skills to create content.
- Promote a safe inclusive space for our community.
- I. Behavior Policy
- II. Circulation Policy
- III. Weeding Policy
- IV. Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy
- V. Electronic Information Policy
- VI. Reconsideration of Challenged Materials
- APPENDIX LIST
Behavior Policy Section changes:
A. Patrons who act in good faith by caring for materials and using them properly and by treating the library staff, patrons, and facilities with respect will be afforded every opportunity to do so. The same expectations extend to the use of all audiovisual equipment in our recording studios. The Library is a shared space, therefore we acknowledge that all users are equal and have the same rights and responsibilities. That having been, said the following rules and consequences have been established to uphold expected standards of behavior in the library:
- No food or drink in the library, with the exception of sealed containers of water.
- No running or rough-housing in the library.
- Respect the staff and patrons in the library by not being disruptive– in voice or action, your liberties end where the next patron begins.
- Cell phone calls are not to be taken in the library.
- No sleeping in the Library is allowed.
- The library resources, materials and installations are used by all patrons, it is every user's responsibility to respect and care for all library property.
- The first violation results in the student being asked to change an undesired behavior.
- The second violation results in the student being asked to leave the library and receiving an official warning.
- The Third violation results in the student being asked to leave the library and receiving an official warning. A record of the violation will be entered in the student account “general notes” section of the patron’s library record; e.g., “Nov. 3, 2008 - No food or drink in the library; not permitted unaccompanied access from Nov. 4 through Nov. 18.”
- The fourth violation or failure to comply with the first 3 violations will result in the student being referred to the disciplinary administrator in charge of their grade.
The Cemex Library and Information Center (the ASFM Huasteca Library) has developed the following guidelines and procedures to ensure open and equitable access to all patrons.
B. Loan Periods and renewals
- The ASFM Huasteca Library has established the following loan periods for materials:
2 weeks, W2 renewals (Five books total or three books & two other items)
2 weeks, W2 renewals (Five books total or three books & two other items)
Videos and DVD’s
Audio Books, PlayAway Units
2 weeks (No more than two at a time)
* Audiobooks may be renewed once and traditional books may be renewed two times before patrons will be asked to return them. Exceptions will be made if the patron will verify that significant progress is being made in the reading.
Magazines, current issue
Only for Library indoor use
Magazines, back issues
As requested by staff
Limited to use within the library
Photography and Recording Equipment (PRO TI)
3 Hours *Outside of School Projects required a special form to be filled by the student, parents, and administration
- Students and staff from the ASFM Elementary Campus may also check out items from the MS/HS Library. The collection may be reviewed via the Internet and requests may be emailed to the library staff. Deliveries will be arranged via messenger / inter-office mail and can often be delivered within one working day.
- Further, in an effort to promote a culture of literacy among all school stakeholders, including parents, as well as maintenance and security workers are also permitted and encouraged to take advantage of library services.
C. Renewal of Materials
Materials must be brought into the library in order to be renewed.
D. Overdue Materials
Please return materials promptly, as this will ensure that others will have access to them.
The due date of books are date-stamped on the date due slip located at the back of the book; however, the library patron is responsible for knowing the return date for all items checked out. Overdue notices will either be sent electronically or printed out according to students’ homeroom classes and delivered to homeroom teachers’ inboxes or mailboxes every Friday afternoon and should be delivered to students at the beginning of each week. In addition, information regarding overdue items will be available in the students’ PowerSchool accounts.
All barcoded library items incur an overdue charge of one peso per item per school day beginning the second school day after the item is due. (There is a one-day grace period.) Throughout the school year, the library staff will generate an overdue list, based on students’ homeroom class, which will be delivered to the homeroom teacher’s inbox or mailbox every Friday afternoon or Monday morning.
Library materials that are overdue will incur a fine of 3 pesos per item per school day. Once a student’s library debt reaches the total price of replacing the item (300 pesos) the fine will stop incrementing and the book will be marked as lost. Books that are not returned will be considered lost and borrowers are charged for their replacement. (See, “Lost and Damaged Materials,” below.)
E. Lost and Damaged Materials
- Lost materials: Any item more than 90 days late will be considered lost, at which time the total amount to replace the book will be charged unless the book is returned. The balance will remain on the student’s account until the item is paid for. If an item is returned after being marked as lost the student will be charged for the late fee or if he/she chooses to keep the book and pay for the replacement. Students are also responsible for the detuning cards placed in the back of library materials upon checkout. Students are also responsible for the detuning cards placed in the back of library materials upon checkout. Patrons will be charged a fee of 25 pesos for each lost detuning card.
- Damaged Materials: The patron will be billed for the cost of replacement of any damaged materials. If a student notices damage of any library item at the time of check out, it is his/her responsibility to bring it to the attention of the librarian or circulation desk assistant. The circulation attendant will make a note in the item copy data window, under “copy notes.”
- The charges for damaged books are contingent upon the extent of the damage, e.g., $50 pesos, e.g., for torn pages that can be repaired or $100 pesos for damage that shortens the life expectancy of the damaged book. Any damage, intentional or not, that can not be repaired, e.g., pages completely torn out and/or lost, will result in the patron being charged the full replacement cost of the book.
F. Unresolved Library fines and charges
- Student Charges and Fines: Any unresolved student library charges and fines at the end of the year will be transferred t to the administrative offices and will be added to the student's tuition bill. Two weeks before this students' teachers and parents will be notified about students with overdue and lost books. ONCE FINES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TUITION BILL THEY ARE FINAL. If a mistake is made by our department the amount of the fine can be added to the student account as a positive balance but not taken out of the tuition bill.
- Teacher Charges and Fines: Teachers’ charges and fines must be resolved before the end of the year sign out form will be signed by a member of the library staff. This may result in the withholding of the teacher’s fellowship check.
G. Restriction of Library Privileges
The Huasteca Library reserves the right to restrict or suspend library privileges according to the judgment of the Librarian. Such action might be taken as a result of numerous instances of loosing or damaging materials, chronically disregarding due dates or other library rules and policies, causing damage to the library, theft/attempted theft of materials, or other extreme cases. (See Behavior Policy, below, for details.)
H. Confidentiality of Library Records
The American Library Association Policy Manual, 54.15, Code of Ethics, point 3, states, "Librarians must protect each user's right to privacy with respect to information sought or received, and to materials consulted, borrowed or acquired." To that end, the Library staff will only access confidential information for legitimate library business; further, library staff will not share this information with anyone other than the patron without the patron’s express written permission.
A notable exception to this rule is that information regarding students’ library status with regard to fines, charges and books that are currently checked out or overdue is available to parents or administrators through PowerSchool.
I. Checkout procedure at ASFM Huasteca
All barcoded items are to be checked out through the circulation desk. Patrons checking out magazines will be assigned an index card at the circulation desk upon which will be recorded the patron’s name and identification number along with the title, date, and volume information of the magazine.
(We are soon to test a “temporary item check out” capability available through Alexandria wherein the item to be checked out is placed in sided a barcoded, reusable magazine-sized envelope.)
Missouri faculty and staff can search our collection via the web and send an email to a library staff member requesting that items be checked out in their names. Items can often be delivered within one business day via the school messenger.
In affirmation of the library’s mission statement, Huasteca maintenance and security staff are also allowed and encouraged to take advantage of library services. These patrons will open a library account and be assigned a patron number. Items that they check out need to be accompanied by a note from a library staff member confirming the library transaction that can be showed to the security guards as they leave campus.
Library materials are to be returned to circulation desk personnel or dropped in the book drop located in the library circulation desk area.
Off campus loans, e.g., items loaned to the Elementary School teachers, can be returned via school messenger to a member of the library staff.
A. Definition and Purpose: Weeding is the process of maintaining the condition and integrity of a library collection’s holdings. Books are to be weeded on the basis of their physical condition, the accuracy of their content, and the age of the content as determined by the item's publication and copyright dates.
- Physical condition – Students are hesitant to check out books that are tattered, damaged, or unattractive. If a book’s content is still accurate and up to date, but the book is in poor physical condition, it should be repaired if possible and replaced if the cost of repairing it is comparable to the price of a replacement copy.
- Accuracy of content – Portions of the collection become dated as technological, political, etc., developments occur. As material becomes outdated it will be removed from the shelves and replaced with newer, accurate material. As developments occur within an area, dated - yet still accurate - material will be replaced with current material. The priorities guiding the maintenance of the collection are to support the curriculum and the personal interests of its patrons. That being said electronic databases over printed copies are a valid option for keeping non-fiction resources as pertinent as possible.
- Age of the content – Events such as the dissolution of the Soviet Union or technological developments such as the World Wide Web dictate the rate at which certain portions of the collection become obsolete. Nevertheless, there are certain general guidelines offered that suggest how long books in certain categories should remain in a collection. The ASFM Huasteca holdings are not intended to be an archival collection, and as such, we will not hold on to dated material based on the potential value of the historical insights provided when compared to current material. Students and faculty trust the media center to have current information.
B. Responsibility: Weeding will be performed by library personnel and approved volunteers who have been trained in the practice.
C. Time Frame: Weeding should be an ongoing process in all sections of the library. The final weeding of the physical material will take place during inventory week at the end of the school year.
D. Areas to be Weeded: Every section of the collection will undergo weeding. Library personnel and volunteers will maintain a record of which sections of the collection have been weeded and which books have been de-selected. After review from the librarian, these materials will be permanently removed from the shelves and deleted from our catalog and library records. The librarian will then make a decision as to whether or not to replace the book. All replacement titles should be added to the current acquisition list.
Since the fiction section is not as time-sensitive as most sections of the nonfiction sections, the condition of the book and its circulation record will be the primary determinant of whether or not it is to be weeded from the collection.
A. Statement of Policy -The policy of The American School Foundation of Monterrey is to provide a wide range of learning resources at varying levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal and the presentation of different points of view to meet the needs of students and teachers.
B. Objectives of Selection
- For the purposes of this statement of policy, the term “learning resources” will refer to any person(s) or any material (whether acquired or locally produced) with instructional content or function that is used for formal or informal teaching/learning purposes. Learning resources include, but are not limited to, textbooks, other books, supplementary reading and informational materials, games, globes, kits, maps, motion pictures, periodicals, pictures, sound recordings, videocassettes, subscription electronic databases and software. The Internet Content on the World Wide Web does not fall under this policy. Because the library has no control over its content, and because it falls under an agreement between the student user and the school, it is recommended that each user be familiar with the school’s computer and Internet use policy.
- The primary objective of learning resources is to support, enrich, and help implement the educational program of the school through the interaction of professional personnel and other members of the school community. It is the duty of professional staff to provide students with a wide range of materials at varying levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view.
- To this end, the Board of Directors of The American School Foundation of Monterrey affirms that it is the responsibility of its professional staff:
- To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, learning styles, and maturity levels of the students served.
- To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and societal standards, complex reasoning skills, and the habits of mind.
- To provide materials on various sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may have an opportunity to develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.
- To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups that contribute to our national heritage and the world community.
- To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate to the school community.
C. Responsibility for Selection of Learning Resources
- The Board of Directors delegates the responsibility for the selection of learning resources to the professional staff employed by the school, and declares that selections made shall be held to have been made by the Board of Directors of The American School Foundation of Monterrey.
- While selection of learning resources involves many people (administrators, teachers, students, community persons) the responsibility for coordinating the selection of school learning resources and making the recommendation for purchase rests with the librarian and the Principal.
D. Criteria for Selection of Learning Resources
- The following criteria will be used as they apply:
- Learning resources shall support and be consistent with the general educational goals, and the aims and objectives of the American School Foundation of Monterrey and specific courses and grade levels.
- Learning resources shall be chosen to enrich and support the curriculum and the personal needs of users.
- Learning resources shall meet high standards of quality in:
- Artistic quality and/or literary style
- Educational significance
- Favorable reviews and/or recommendations
- Factual content
- Physical format
- Technical quality
- Learning resources shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of the students for whom the materials are selected.
- Learning resources shall be designed to provide a background of information that will motivate students and staff to examine their own attitudes and behavior; to comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society; and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.
- Learning resources shall provide information on opposing sides of controversial issues so that users may develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis.
- The selection of learning resources on controversial issues will be directed toward maintaining a balanced collection representing various views. Learning resources shall clarify historical and contemporary forces by presenting and analyzing inter-group tension and conflict objectively, placing emphasis on recognizing and understanding social and economic problems
E. Procedures for Selection of Learning Resources
- In selecting learning resources, professional personnel will evaluate available resources and curriculum needs and will consult reputable, professionally prepared aids to selection and other appropriate sources. Among sources to be consulted are:
- Bibliographies (latest edition available), for example:
- Library Journal
- School Library Journal
- Reference Books for School Libraries
- Subject Guide to Children’s Books in Print ß
- Westinghouse Learning Directory
- H.W.Wilson’s Senior High School Library Catalog
- H.W.Wilson’s Middle and Junior High School Catalog
- Current reviewing media, for example:
- Kirkus Reviews
- Library Journal
- School Library Journal
- NoveList and NoveList K-8 databases
- Recommendations from other professionals in the field or related fields will also be considered. Other sources will be consulted, as appropriate. Whenever possible, the actual resource will be examined.
- Bibliographies (latest edition available), for example:
- Recommendations for purchase involve administrators, teachers, students, and community persons, as appropriate.
- Selection is an ongoing process that should include the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials still of educational value. See, III. Weeding Policy.
F. Donated Materials
Gift materials shall be judged by the criteria outlined in the library selection policy and shall be accepted or rejected by those criteria. [Acceptance of donated materials does not imply that the materials will become part of the library collection. Donated items may then be given to a teacher for classroom use or to individual students, given to another institution, recycled or discarded.] The Librarian will decide upon inspection what material to keep and what to return in any case.
In keeping with our role as a source for accessing information, the library provides Internet access to information beyond the confines of our collection. The Internet affords us an exciting opportunity to have immediate access to timely and comprehensive information as well as a wide variety of primary sources. Providing connections to global information services and networks outside the library is different from selecting and purchasing materials for the library collection.
The Librarian can offer teachers and students guidelines for evaluating web sites and search strategies for finding the most appropriate information from the web. In addition, as students visit our library to conduct research on the Internet, we can formally or informally train them in how to use the Internet in a responsible and discriminating manner.
- A. Statement of Policy
- Any resident or employee of the school community may formally challenge learning resources used in the educational program on the basis of appropriateness. This procedure is for the purpose of considering the opinions of those persons in the schools and the community who are not directly involved in the selection process.
- School policy 8.302, Challenged Material states:
“School personnel select and acquire appropriate educational books and materials to support the prescribed curriculum. It is possible that certain books or materials may prove offensive to certain parents, religious groups or nationalities. If any material is challenged by any member of the school community, alternate material should be substituted whenever feasible for those children whose parents object to the primary material.”
- Request for Informal Reconsideration - The school shall try to resolve the issue informally. The principal or other appropriate staff shall explain to the questioner the school’s selection procedure.
- Request for Formal Reconsideration
- If any learning resource is challenged, the complainant will be given a copy of the Request for Reconsideration of Learning Resource form (see Appendices), be asked to fill it out, and to return it to the appropriate administrator in the Huasteca office.
- The request for reconsideration shall be referred to a reconsideration committee at the school level for reevaluation of the resource.
- The Reconsideration Committee upon receipt of a request for formal reconsideration of a learning resource, the principal shall appoint a reconsideration committee including the following membership as appropriate:
- The Secondary School Principal, representing the administration team.
- One teacher from the same grade level as the child whose parent registered a formal complaint, representing the school personnel. This teacher shall not be the child’s own teacher.
- The librarian, representing the library personnel.
- The reconsideration committee shall review the challenged resource and judge whether it conforms to the principles of selection outlined in the school’s Selection Policy and Request for Reconsideration of Materials policy. The reconsideration committee shall bear in mind the Guiding Principles to Reconsideration Committee (see 4, below, plus Appendices).
- Guiding Principles
- No group or individual has the right to determine reading, viewing, or listening matters for students other than his or her own children.
- The American School Foundation of Monterrey supports the Library Bill of Rights, adopted by the American Library Association (see Appendices). When learning resources are challenged, the principles of the freedom to read/listen/view must be defended as well.
- Access to challenged material shall not be restricted during the reconsideration process.
- The major criterion for the final decision is the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use.
- A decision to sustain a challenge shall not necessarily be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility by the professionals involved in the original selection and/or use of the material.