About the Information Center (Hours)

Overview:
The Information Center provides a wide range of resources to students and staff, including networked computers that are available according to the District’s Acceptable Use Policy and provide access to the catalog (OPAC), Microsoft Office software, and the Internet. We use Google Apps for Education district-wide and have Chromebooks, iPads, and laptops available for use. Students can use the Information Center to work on research papers, complete homework, check-out books, print items, read, meet with teachers for extra help, etc.
Library Hours
The Information Center is open Monday-Friday from about 7:30-3:00. Students can use the library during the school day and before/after school. The Information Center is closed on Monday Period 4, Tuesday-Wednesday Period 6, and Thursday-Friday Period 8 to pass students only.

Circulation:


The Information Center provides books and periodicals for student and faculty loan along with access to a wide variety of online databases and eBooks that may be accessed 24/7 through the Information Center website. Books from the regular collection and past issues of magazines may be borrowed for two weeks and are renewable. Hall passes are required and students must check in at the Information Center kiosk upon arrival.
Online Databases and eBooks:
The Information Center has access to several different databases including Facts on File, World Book Online, EbscoHost, Gale Virtual Library, and many more. Select the Online Databases link on the left side to access these reputable sources. These databases house information that is timely, reliable, and written by professionals. Usernames for these database can be found on the Online Database page at the top. If a student does not know the school password, they can visit the Information Center to obtain it.

Overdue and Lost Materials:


Overdue notices are sent to the student through his/her homeroom teacher. If the material is not returned, a reminder will be inputted into Genesis. If material continues to be overdue, the diploma for graduating seniors will be withheld. No fines are charged for overdue materials, but the replacement cost must be paid for lost material. The charge for a lost book is the full replacement price of the book. The charge for lost AV materials is the current full price of the material.

Periodicals:


Many full-text periodicals are available through the EbscoHost database. The Information Center also has a wide variety of magazines for both students and staff. Back issues of some print magazines are available for loan. Returning Materials:

A book return slot is located in the front of the circulation desk for the return of all materials.

Vision Statement:

The vision of the South Plainfield High School Information Center is to be an integral part of learning within the school community by providing appropriate physical and online access to information in an inviting, nurturing, and safe environment.

Mission Statement:

The mission of South Plainfield High School Information Center is to support and promote the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.


Goals:

  • Provide physical and online access to quality literary and informational resources in an inviting, nurturing, and safe environment

  • Promote an appreciation of reading that enables students to interpret meaning from various forms of literature

  • Provide instruction, learning strategies, and practice to help students become productive learners; and

  • Integrate the library program throughout every student’s education through collaboration and advocacy


The librarian is always here to assist the students with anything from using the computers,
to researching information for a project, to finding a book.
Never hesitate to ask for assistance.
Mrs. Lori Parisi
Library Media Specialist
lparisi@spboe.org
908-754-4620 x 286
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