Media Specialist - Emily Johnson
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7:00 - 3:00The GMS Media Center has an open flexible schedule. All students are welcome to visit the media center with the permission of a classroom teacher for book checkout, usage of a chromebook, to make-up work, tests, etc and/or work on a school-related project. All students must be escorted by a classroom teacher or have their planner in hand upon entering the LMC.
●Guntersville Middle School's online catalog, OPAC, can be accessed via Resources. Patrons can search for books by keyword, title, author, subject, or series, and then click on "Details" to read book summaries and locate call numbers.●Students may check out two physical books at a time for a period of two weeks or 10 school days.
●Books may be renewed as long as the student brings the book to the media center for renewal.
eBooks●We are proud to offer contemporary fiction as well as nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive at the Guntersville Public Library. Students must obtain a library card from the Guntersville Public Library in order to use the OverDrive system. New Patron Brochure and Application
●OverDrive can be accessed via Student Online Resources. Using the drop-down menu, patrons must select Guntersville Public Library as their digital library. Students will then enter their Guntersville Public Library card number. Users can easily complete an advanced search or simply search by collection, subject, or level.
- Books can be checked out for 2 weeks, with a possible two renewals allowed. There is a 10 cent fine added each day that each book is overdue. DVDs can be checked out for 1 week, with two possible renewals allowed. The overdue fine for DVDs is $1 per day.
- Patrons may check out up to 20 books at one time, 5 audiobooks, and 5 DVDs.
- There is no minimum age to have a library card, but library members under the age of 18 must have a responsible adult linked to their account.
Library Media Program Vision/Philosophy:The Guntersville City Schools media programs will offer its patrons more than materials to check in and out. As an educational facility, interested in hooking children on life-long education, the media center will respond not only to the curricula needs of staff and students, but it will also offer students additional programs and materials to stimulate individual interests as well as opportunities to develop new interests. Students grow by questioning, exploring, trying, testing, reading, and listening as well as expressing ideas and exchanging viewpoints with others.
To offer student’s meaningful opportunities for personal growth, many different kinds of programs, materials, and technologies should be offered. All media center users are not alike, therefore the Guntersville City Schools media program aspires to provide a background of information and programs, which will enable users to acquire personal growth and make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
Library Media Program Objectives:
The Guntersville City Schools media programs are concerned with generating the understanding of American freedoms and preserving these freedoms through the development of informed and responsible citizens. Guntersville City Schools supports the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association and Alabama’s 21st Century Library Media program plan, which asserts that the responsibility of the school library or media center is:
To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the pupil served.
To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
To provide a background of information, that will enable pupils to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical readings and thinking.
To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage.
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 for the users of the library.