Library Arts Classes meet during 2nd and 4th periods. At the beginning of the semester students will learn about organizing the fiction and non-fiction books in the library. Actually creating some books, doing some writing, will give students the chance to learn about authors.
~Mrs. Kreutzberg is the Librarian Media Specialist at NHS.
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Library Arts is a class designed to have students learn about how a library runs and is organized. Students will help Mrs. Kreutzberg daily.
The class is not a study hall, but a class which will offer students ways to learn to be more independent, responsible, and more creative.
Students will have many opportunities to lead, to read, to write, and to communicate.
The students will be involved with books every day -- checking them out or in; organizing them on shelves;creating displays; reading + reading + reading books; and writing about books.
To be in this class you need to be a reader, a good student, and know how to work well with many students.
The American Association of School Librarians has listed the Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Library Arts Class will follow these.
In addition the NC Department of Instruction has developed objectives and standards for library students: NC Essential Technology Standards for Students
Student Library Media Center Assistant Syllabus – Mrs. Kreutzberg
Student Library Media Center Assistants are enrolled in a service learning experience, and their efforts contribute significantly to the school library media center program. As student library media center assistants, students learn to assist and direct patrons; work at the circulation desk; use the online catalog, Internet, and online databases; troubleshoot technology; shelve books; write book reviews; and numerous other tasks involved in efficient school library operation.
After the first week of school, students are expected to perform, at a high level of competency, their assigned duties daily. These include, but may not be limited to:
- Assisting patrons – both students and teachers
- Checking books and other materials in and out
- Stocking the shelving cart and shelving books in assigned sections
- Additional duties specific to the class period (these will be clearly explained during the first weeks of school)
Students are expected to be in class on time each day. The school tardy and absence policies will be followed.
Grades will be calculated according to the following formula:
Class work 40%
Assignments may be turned in before the due date, but NO late work is accepted. SLAs have plenty of time to complete their work in class, and all major due dates are noted at the beginning of the semester (and are online as well).
Evaluation – Each week, each student will be evaluated on reliability, quality of work, initiative, attitude, and cooperation. Points may be deducted for undesirable qualities such as (but not limited to) excessive talking, leaving without permission, being too loud, eating, or texting. If a student is absent often, this will also negatively impact their evaluation grade.
Class work – Throughout the semester you will have certain activities and assignments that fall into this category. They range from errands to library scavenger hunts to writing book reviews to moving books on shelves. Specific directions will be given regarding each class work assignment. One of the biggest components of class work grades is maintaining shelving sections. Daily assignments and activities will be on the calendar for student library media center students.
Shelving – Each student has an assigned set of shelves to maintain. Shelves may be graded at any time, and should always be neat and in good order. Grades will be calculated based on whether the books are in correct Dewey order, and are fronted on the shelves. Students must check the library book drop, the shelf behind the circulation desk, and the shelving cart daily to ensure that all materials are shelved. In addition to maintaining assigned Fiction and Non-Fiction shelves, all SLAs will help keep the Picture book, Short Story Collection, Reference section, and the library office in good order.
Projects – Throughout the semester, students will have a variety of projects to work on, all of which may be completed during class time. Each book activity, bulletin board, or other assignment will be graded according to a rubric or other manner based on prescribed criteria. The student will be given a rubric and/or criteria at the time he/she is given the assignment.
About Me – a variety of activities will be involved.
Each semester varies—you may make a name / pass badge; you may be creating a collage giving a non-verbal portrait of yourself; you may be making a 5 side power point with examples of your interests, talents, titles of favorite books, etc.
Book projects – Throughout the semester, each student will read and complete an activity on four books from the Library: one Fiction (F), one Non-Fiction (NF), one Graphic Novel (GN), and one book of choice. The due dates for book projects are as follows:
Type of Book
Checked out by
**Activity due by
End of 2nd week of semester
The end of September
2nd week of October
3rd week of November
2 days before December break
Week before December break
First week of January
** Dates given are for First Semester; Second semester dates will be similarly spaced through the weeks.
Each project should be turned in on or before the due date. All assignments may be shared with me in Google. Do not worry; you will have plenty of time to do your project during class, if you manage your time wisely! All assignments should be grammatically correct – be sure to proofread! J If you have a great idea for a project, be sure to have it approved prior to turning it in.
Bulletin Boards – The students are responsible for helping maintain the bulletin board located near the library office, as well as the display case just inside the library door.
Students in each block will work together to remove the old bulletin board, create and execute a new bulletin board. The bulletin board should be seasonal or otherwise appropriate for the time. Working with classmates, each block should choose a theme or other unifying idea to create a quality board. The due dates for bulletin boards are as follows All boards should be installed no later than the 5th day of the month.
**2nd block: September, November, January 4th block: October, December, January
** Second semester dates: 2nd block: February, April, June 4th block: March, May, June
Database Research- Working independently, students will choose a topic to research and create a 1page document detailing reliable resources for that topic. Each Research project should have a minimum of 4 print resources and 4 electronic resources. Multimedia resources are fine. All resources must be cited using MLA guidelines. It is fine for students to create a Research about a topic they are researching for another class. Specific guidelines will be distributed. Due dates for Pathfinders are as follows:
Identify, cite, and briefly explain 4 resources
Identify, cite, and briefly explain 4 resources
Compile and create Pathfinder, submitting to Gaggle
No later than mid Sept.
No later than mid-October
No later than mid-Nov.
No later than mid-Dec.
Dates for 2nd semester will be distributed similally throughtout the weeks.
Research may be displayed on the NHS Library Webpage – they should be visually attractive and engaging, as well as grammatically correct.
Yes, students do have a final exam, I create it. The final exam draws upon skills and knowledge that students develop throughout the semester, with the remainder of the exam grade coming from a final shelf grade. It is important to keep your shelves in good order!
Maintaining Privacy: One of the most important aspects of library service is respecting patron privacy. The Library Bill of Rights explains more about why it important to honor patron privacy. To that end, please sign and return the following privacy statement no later than the last day of the first week in the semester.
I understand that I will not discuss personal information regarding other students.
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