Mrs. Laura Graves Massey
Position Description: The high school library media specialist is responsible for planning and implementing programs, selecting and providing materials and media, assisting teachers and students in the use of new technologies, assisting in curriculum development and integrating classroom work with the media center program, and regular evaluation of programs and materials. The high school library media specialist also oversees the media budget, determines educational goals, designs media center policies, and plans for upgrades of technology equipment in collaboration with the technology integration specialist and the technology department.
Services & Facilities
Circulation services are available from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM. Students may check out books, graphing calculators, and chromebooks, as needed. There are also printing services available for students at the circulation desk.
Staff may check out any number of materials for months at a time, including reference materials, mobile devices for classes, and audio/visual equipment
For more information regarding circulation, see the circulation policies.
The media specialist is in charge of selecting the materials for the library. She takes many things into account when choosing these materials and consult patrons such as students and staff, as well as professional resources. She takes the ideals of intellectual freedom seriously. She strives to select materials that represent as many different cultures, ideas, and values as possible. She believes this is a protection of the first amendment rights of her students and does not agree with censoring their natural curiosity. Rather, she strives to encourage students to learn all that they can to become informed, successful members of society.
- Materials should be selected in diverse formats and levels to serve different kinds of learners.
- Materials should be diverse in content to satisfy the interests of patrons and/or the curriculum needs.
- Materials should be selected from the user’s point of view, not necessarily that of the media specialist.
- Teachers should be consulted during the selection process for requests pertaining to curriculum needs.
- Students should be consulted during the selection process for requests pertaining to leisure reading and subject interests.
- Selection aids should be consulted when selecting materials for professional opinions.
- Gifts or donations are accepted, but will be assessed by the school media specialist before becoming part of the collection. The media specialist reserves the right to dispose of unused donations however she chooses.
- Materials should be up-to-date and relevant to the curriculum or student interest.
- Materials should be selected based on the age and maturity level of students.
Although I wish I could read every book I order for the library, there’s simply not enough time. Sometimes I have to consult professional review sources. Below is a list of professional selection tools I use when selecting materials.
- School Library Journal
- VOYA Magazine
- YALSA Awards and Lists
For information regarding donations and book challenges, please see our policies page.
The high school library strives to provide all patrons with materials and access to information that will help them think critically and become successful information users. That is why the media specialist tries to purchase and update materials based on patron needs, such as curriculum-based and leisure reading materials.
Hewitt-Trussville High School and Trussville City Schools currently allocate no funds to library enrichment. The library depends on donations, fundraising, and grant-writing efforts for funding. We do gain a small profit by collecting for copies, printing, and laminating. We also gain a small profit from overdue fines on books checked out from the library.
All patrons have a constitutional right to seek information. I strive to provide materials that demonstrate all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials are not limited by the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation, nor are they limited by the origins, background, or views of those involved in the selection process. These views are in conjunction with the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.
Any challenges regarding materials in our library must go through the process outlined in the “Challenge and Appeals Policy.”
In compliance with the American Library Association Code of Ethics, I do not share information about our patrons regarding information sought or retrieved, or materials consulted or acquired.
Copyright and Plagiarism
Information regarding copyright and plagiarism are built into many teacher’s curriculum throughout the school, but are normally reinforced during research projects. More information on copyright and creative commons can be found at http://www.copyright.gov/ and http://creativecommons.org/.