The mission of the Mater Academy Media Center is to ensure that students and staff are effective users, consumers, and producers of information and ideas. In addition, it is our goal to provide intellectual and physical access to a wide variety of materials in all formats to all members of the school community.
The Mater Academy Media Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Students must present a student I.D. card to check out materials and use computers. Books from the general collection are circulated for a two-week period. Reserved books, reference books and magazines are for use only in the Media Center. There is a limit of two books that may be checked out at one time; however, with special permission the limit can be extended.
Teachers are encouraged to use the Media Center for research purposes and to check out as many materials as needed for personal and classroom use. Equipment, books, videos, and other materials circulate on a long-term loan. Reference books and periodicals may also be checked out, but only overnight. If necessary, the loan period may be extended for curriculum support purposes. In order to maximize circulation, it is requested that materials be returned promptly after use.
Students must pay ten cents per day, excluding holidays and weekends, for overdue materials from the general collection. Any damaged books are subject to a $2.00 to $5.00 fine depending on the degree of damage. If the book is damaged to the degree that it cannot be used again the patron will pay cost of replacement.
Lost textbooks recovered by the Media Center will be subject to a $2.00 re-issue fee.
The Media Center is a reference and resource area for classes and individual students. All students are expected to work quietly and exhibit courtesy to all patrons. The Media Center is a quiet study zone! No food or drink is permitted in the Media Center!
To locate books please request the assistance from a Media Center staff member. They will assist to locate the book by author, title or subject. Signs throughout the Media Center identify the various areas of the Dewey classification system. Remember, fiction (novels and short stories) is arranged alphabetically by the author's last name. Biographies are found in the 92's, arranged alphabetically by the subject's last name.
The Media Center has approximately 20 computers with access to the Internet. Students must have a school I.D. to use computers when they are not with a class. Students must also have a signed Acceptable Use Policy consent form on file. All the Media Center ’s computers are for educational purposes only. Students are not allowed to write or receive personal e-mail, play games, or access any non-educational site on the Internet. The computers all have Office installed, which includes Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, and PowerPoint.
Ask about additional software applications and CD-ROM resources. CD writers, a scanner, color printer and video editor are also available for student use.
Printing is available to all patrons at a ten cents per page for black & white and twenty-five cents per page for color copies.
The Media Center has a collection of books on a wide variety of subjects. The collection is designed to support the classroom curriculum, individual research needs and recreational reading interests. The print collection includes reference, non-fiction, fiction and paperbacks.
A collection of books, periodicals, and non-print items dealing with curriculum and professional issues is housed in the library media center. The professional collection also includes materials provided by the District for curriculum support and professional development Teachers are encouraged to check out these items at any time.
Print and non-print materials may be placed on reserve in the Media Center
for specific student projects. Advance notice is required so that these
resources may be ready for use by the class. In some instances, material may be checked out to the teacher for use in the classroom.
The Media Center has a growing collection of non-print material. A variety of CD-ROM titles are accessible on the local area network. Staff may checkout videos, DVD's, CD-ROM’s, audio tapes, and a variety of other non-print material.
The Media Center home page is your gateway to the world of online information. The Research Links section of the web page includes links to reliable sources of information including a dictionary and thesaurus, citation guidelines, current events, mega search engines, and much more.
The advancement of technology has made it very easy to 'copy and paste' information (text and images) from a wide variety of sources. Failure to give appropriate credit to the original source of all 'borrowed' information is a violation of copyright laws. It is the responsibility of all persons to properly document sources. Links to citation guidelines are available on the Media Center home page. Copies of the Copyright Laws are available in the Media Center for your review.
Audiovisual equipment is available for check out from the A. V. Department of the Media Center . All equipment must be checked out through the computerized circulation system. Damaged equipment should be promptly returned to the A.V. Department. If possible, the problem should be indicated.