Guide to your Library Services
at The Dixie Grammar School
There is so much information out there—books, databases, images, DVDs, magazines,
videos, newspapers and the Internet. Are you really confident that you know how to find
everything that you need? I can help you to find, organise and use the information that
This guide will help you to find out what the Library can do for you.
I want to get good grades...
Using your Library will
help you to do well during
your time in the Sixth
research has proved this!
Help...I don’t know where to
Now you are in the Sixth
Form your teachers will
expect you to work more
on your own. I can help
you find the things that
articles, newspapers and the Internet are all available.
I really need somewhere to study...
The Library is a really supportive place for you to work. You can study on your own or
work in a small group. Please ask me if you want to book a group in to work together and
I will try my best for you.
I really need some support…
We all want you to get the best out of the Library, so please talk to me about how I can
help you. I can work with you to improve your research skills using a range of resources
or the Internet. My work has been given awards and has been marked as outstanding by
inspectors—so come in and find out why!
I need access to a computer...
The Library has laptops which you can book. There is also a range of other equipment:
headphones, mice, a colour laser printer, a scanner, and a drop-down screen and data
projector. Please come in and book these with me in advance.
Your Library Services...
I really want to improve my research skills...
It is my job to help you! Have a look at the Library Online website. This has links to
useful sites and also downloadable resources. I can help you personally or work with
groups or classes to improve your search results. I can also give you advice to help you
make sure that you do not plagiarise when you are writing coursework—come in and see
me! We also have a range of Research Guides to support you with your work.
Library Online is at : http://library-online.org.uk
Research Guides are at: http://library-online.libguides.com
Who runs the Library?
I am a very experienced
who won the SLA School
Librarian of the Year
Award for the UK and
Ireland in 2005. I have
Masters degrees in
Ancient History and
Archaeology and also in
Librarianship. I have
worked as a Librarian in
six schools since 1982!
Please talk to me as I am
very happy to help you!
When can I use the Library?
In the Lower Sixth, you are expected to use the Library during your Study Periods.
Upper Sixth students are welcome too! Sometimes there will be classes booked in to
work with me and then you will have to go to another room. Bookings are posted on the
notice boards at the bottom of the stairs and in the Library entrance.
You are welcome to stay in the Library over Break and Lunch, although you may find
lunchtimes very busy with younger students! Please don’t leave your things in the
Library when you are not in here though as this can inconvenience other people.
Please talk to me if you want to book yourselves in as a study group and I can get
resources and equipment ready for you. Your teachers may also book you in as a class.
What about borrowing?
You can borrow the following items from the Library :
Books: 6 items for 6 weeks
Short Loan: 1 item for 3 days
Reference: Reference stock cannot be borrowed.
Please bring anything you wish to borrow to the Check In Desk, even if you only want it
for a few minutes. Ask me if you are not sure what to do. Just tell me your name and I
will do the rest! When you want to return your books, please bring them back to the desk
so that I can take them out of your account on the computer. If I am not at the desk,
then please leave me a note or use the sheet and box to borrow or return books.
Remember YOU are responsible for any items borrowed in your name, please look after
them and bring them back on time.
Reservations and Renewals
Resources can be renewed and reserved.
We do not charge fines, but please bring resources back on time, because other students
may need them. If you lose or damage anything then we will have to charge the full
So, remind me, what does the Library have for me to use?
General and Young Adult fiction.
Reference and information books.
Newspapers and magazines.
Virtual Resources available 24/7:
Library Online Services Websites.
Research Guides on LibGuides.
Subscriptions to essential online
Facilities and equipment:
Laptop computers, headphones, mice, printer,
screen and projector.
TV information screen.
Floor sockets for use with your personal laptops and equipment.
Supportive working environment.
Help with resources and research skills.
Advice with technologies.
How are we expected to behave in the Library?
Respect the needs of other students to study in comfort and quiet.
Ask in advance if you want to book in for group study.
Take your stuff with you when you leave the Library.
You may bring in water bottles, but no food or other drinks.
Switch off mobile phones and music players.
Do not use the Library as a short-cut.
Be aware that the Library may be booked.
Remember to ask if you need any assistance.
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Grammar School, Michael Parker Library.
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