M.C. Policies and Information

West Johnston High School Media Center

Policies and Information

Media Coordinators:

Yvette Davis

Anissa Holm

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 6:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • The Media Center must close at 2:25 p.m. on some days for Faculty & Media Coordinator Meetings

Room 117; Telephone extensions 5945 & 5963

Resources & Services:
 Over 20,000 Books & Reference Materials

  • Over 20,000 Books & Reference Materials 
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Over 600 DVD and VHS Titles
  • Access to the Follett Shelf and Gale ebooks
  • Digital Cameras and Video Camcorders – Available for in-school use
  • Flatbed Scanner & CD Burners
  • Data Projector & Laptop Computer Carts
  • Chrome Carts
  • iPad Carts
  • iPad minis for student use in media center
  • Teacher Alcove – Computers with Microsoft Applications, Internet Access & Laser Printing
  • Photocopy Machine – Available for single copies
  • Laminating Machine
  • Conference Room – Sign up for use with students, faculty, & parents
  • Flexible-Access Labs (Rooms 201 & 415) – 30 Computers in each

Library Catalog Access: Search the library catalog and access e-books here.

Circulation Policies:

  • A Student ID is required
  • Students may borrow up to four books at a time
  • Materials are checked out for three weeks
  • Overdue materials must be returned before additional books are borrowed
  • A replacement fee is charged for lost or damaged materials
  • No limit for number of books checked out to teachers
  • Overdue lists and bills are issued on a regular basis



  • A class may visit the library with a teacher, or students may visit in groups of four
  • A pass is required for individuals or small groups during class time
  • A pass is required to visit at lunch
  • A pass is not necessary before or after school
  • Students must sign-in and sign out at front desk


Class Research Projects:

  • Sign up for research time in advance.
  • Start and end the block in the classroom.
  • Share written description of the activity or assignment with the media staff.
  • Require both print and online resources – books will be placed on reserve.
  • Remind students to cite sources of information.
  • Students must pay $.10 per page for photocopying and printing from the Internet and teachers’ pages; no charge for printing their own work.
  • Plan to stay with your class.
  • Reschedule in the event you need a substitute teacher.


Student Expectations:

  • Come with a purpose
  • Use a quiet voice
  • Show respect for others
  • Leave backpacks in the classroom
  • Clean workspace before leaving
  • Return materials to designated area
  • Food and drink (other than bottled water) are not permitted


Print and Audiovisual Requests:

Suggestions are welcome - Click here to request books & videos

JCS Protected Book List:

  • Books are protected at each grade level
  • Do NOT select a protected book (or video) from a higher grade level or outside of its intended subject.
  • Copies of protected book list are available in the media center

Media Retrieval System:

  • Ability to program videos to the classrooms
  • Sign-up in advance for specific dates & times – channel will be assigned
  • Only videos in the WJHS media collection can be programmed
  • DVDs cannot be programmed through the system
  • Prior approval must be granted by an administrator to show all movies and to checkout video equipment for classroom use (Forms available in the media center)


TeleMedia Procedures:

  • Keep all remotes stored in a locked location
  • Clock is on television channel 2
  • If television is turned off, press the TMRC PWR button twice on BOGEN remote
  • To view a video that has been programmed to the classroom, use BOGEN remote and press the following:
  1. TV (top – blue button)
  2. Channel Number (Ex:  04)
  3. Video (top – blue button)
  4. Search/Play (middle – purple button)
  • If these steps do not work, check the battery compartment.  If you are still unable to start a video, please bring your remote to the media center to have the codes reprogrammed.

To attach a school-owned VCR or DVD player to the television:

  1. Connect AV jacks to front of television (yellow, white, and red)
  2. Connect power cord
  3. Use JVC remote (gray) and press the Input button three times; until Video 3 screen prompt appears

Educational Programming:

Channels 15-19 are set on CNN, ESPN, Weather Channel, etc.

Laptop Usage Guidelines and Policies:

  • Laptops should be scheduled through the media center at least one day in advance. Teachers may reserve laptops for a maximum of 5 consecutive days (one school week). Because teachers are responsible for student laptop use, laptops will not be distributed to a classroom if the teacher is absent.

Once laptops are in the classroom, the teacher should:

  1. Ensure that laptop carts are plugged in on two different walls and the switch on the back of the cart is turned on.
  2. The teacher should stand at the cart as each laptop is distributed.
  3. A class list should be printed and the number of the laptop should be written down beside each student's name as the laptops are handed out. At this time, the student should open the laptop and the teacher should check for missing keys or other damage. Any damage found or any laptop not functioning properly should be noted and reported to the media center.
  4. While students are using the laptops, teachers should be walking around the room and monitoring student use.
  5. When collecting the laptops, teachers should visually check for any damage and ensure that the computer has powered down completely (the light strip will be off) before they are placed in the cart. All laptops should be placed on the cart in numerical order and plugged in properly so they can be charged for the next usage.
  6. Laptop carts and key should be returned at the end of each day, no later than 3:00 p.m., to the media center. The only exception to returning laptop carts is if the carts are scheduled for multiple days; in this case, the carts may remain in the classroom but keys must be returned by 3:00 p.m.

Copyright Basics:

A copyright is a property right attached to an original work of art or literature. It grants the author or creator exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, adapt, perform, or display the protected work.

Fair use allows the use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes. Copyright law provides four standards that must be met (all at the same time) for fair use exemption:

  1. Purpose of use: Copying and using selected parts of copyrighted works for specific educational purposes qualifies as fair use.
  2. Amount of the material used: Duplicating excerpts that are short in relation to the entire copyrighted work or segments that do not reflect the "essence" of the work is usually considered fair use.
  3. Nature of the work: Is the work creative or factual? It is easier to claim fair use exemption for nonfiction works than creative works.
  4. Effect on marketability: If there will be no reduction in sales because of copying or distribution, the fair use exemption is likely to apply. This is the most important of the four tests for fair use.
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