Instructional Services

When the Library is open…

Governor’s School librarians provide both individual and classroom services to students. When students need books, librarians eagerly teach catalog searching. When students need journal articles from reliable sources, Librarians demonstrate the ease with which such information can be found.

Librarians advise students on new and old books to read, for leisure and for learning. They recommend music and videos from the vast collection of CDs, DVDs and VHS videos, as well as through the streaming services to which the library subscribes.

Librarians encourage the entire community to make suggestions for resources, programs and services. Teachers request time in the meeting room or the library computer lab for individual or small class instruction. Librarians also offer special classes for students embarking on major research and documentation projects.

The library sponsors unique programming, such as the collaborative celebration of Banned Books Week, book discussions and classroom instruction regarding first amendment and copyright issues.

When the Library is closed…

Database, digital archives, streaming audio and video, and catalog services are available on any campus computer 24/7. Most electronic services are easily navigated, but students can send questions to library staff via e-mail. Answers follow as soon as possible.

Goals in Library Instruction

The library’s goals are to help students and other users increase their information literacy skills in accessing, processing, using and evaluating information. We expand that goal by developing these competencies so that users can become confident, independent learners who are prepared for life beyond campus.

  • Instruction can be designed to meet the specific needs of the teacher or subject studied.
  • Instruction includes teaching the use of the library’s catalog, specialized online databases, citing sources and creating bibliographies, or using the library’s production center for projects.

Reserve Materials

  • Books, DVDs, VHS, music CDs, scores and photocopied materials may be set aside for student use in the library at the request of a teacher. Reserve materials are shelved separately from the general collection and are arranged by the teacher’s last name.
  • Reserve materials are only to be used in the library and may not be checked-out or removed by students.
  • Teachers decide how long items are placed on reserve in the library and how long students may use these materials.