Welcome• The library is a place to – Read – Study – Research – Use the computers – Borrow books
The library is open• Before school from 7:30 AM.• During lunch.• During school hours with a signed library permit from your teacher (except when there is a class in session in the library).
You should have your school ID badge.Your ID badge is your library card.
In the library• You may talk quietly as long as you do not disturb others.• You can print copies from the computer. – Printing is free, but you must get permission to print more than 5 pages.• You may not eat or drink.• You may not listen to music, watch music videos, or play games.
Books• One book can be checked out at a time for two weeks – By anyone who does not have an overdue or lost book or owe a fine.• Reference books and magazines stay in the library and cannot be checked out.
Computers• can be used by anyone with a clear library record – For assignments. – Other school related activities.• Cannot be used by anyone – With an overdue fine. – With an unreturned book.• Cannot be used for – downloading music or videos – playing games – for visiting chatrooms. – On-line shopping. – Anything else forbidden by HISD rules (and you know what I mean).
To clear your library record• Return overdue books and pay any fines. – Fines are 10 cents a day, up to three dollars.• Pay for lost or damaged books. – Books range in cost from about $5 to about $80. The average cost is about $25.
If two weeks is not long enough to finish with a book, the book can be checked out again.Never check out a book for someone else, and never loan a book that you have checked out.Remember: You are responsible for returning your book. Your teacher will not remind you or bring you back to the library to turn it in.
How to Find a Book• By browsing – Wandering up and down the aisles in front of the shelves until you notice something that interests you.• By searching the on-line catalogue – Going to a computer and finding the on-line catalogue on the library web page.
The Furr Library websiteIs accessed – by opening internet explorer on computers in the library and in many of the computer labs. – By visiting the Furr High School homepage ( http://www.furrhs.org/), finding “Academics,” and selecting “Library.” – by going directly to http://furrlibrary.blogspot.com – Or by googling “Furr Library.”
The Furr Library Websiteis your online guide to library research.
At the library website• You can access links to – The online catalogue – HISD Online Resources – Houston Public library – Dictionary.com – Channel I News – And many other things that are frequently added
• You can – Take research related tutorials. – Visit interesting websites. – See what is new in the library. – Contact the librarian. – See a picture of the librarians dog. http://furrlibrary.blogspot.com
To find a book• Open the library webpage.• Select “Furr Online Catalogue.”• Type the subject or name of the book for which you are searching into the appropriate place.• Click on “Search.”http://furrlibrary.blogspot.com
You will be taken to a page listing all the items in the library related to your search. There may be several pages of them.On the right it will tell you if the book is in the library or checked out. On the left, it will tell you the Call Number of the book. If you click “more,” you can read a summary of the book.
Call Numbers• Are located on the spines of books. – They consist of two or more lines of numbers and letters.• They are a code for a book’s subject – And they give a book’s address on the shelf.
The call number system used in this library was invented by Melville Dewey in 1873.
The Way It WorksThe Dewey Decimal System organizes subjects into ten categories for which numbers are assigned, going by hundreds, between zero and nine hundred.
000-099 Computers, Information, & General Reference100-199 Philosophy & Psychology200-299 Religion300-399 Social Sciences400-499 Language500-599 Natural Sciences & Mathematics600-699 Technology700-799 Art & Recreation800-899 Literature900-999 Geography & History
• Fiction – Books of fiction are generally designated with the call notation “FIC.” On the line below are letters derived from the last name of the author. – Collections of short stories are designated by the notation “SC.”• Reference – Reference books are designated by the notation “REF.” On the line below are the regular call numbers. Remember that reference books cannot be checked-out.
That’s enough to get started.• The books are arranged on the shelves by number• Posters hanging from the ceiling indicate which subjects and call numbers can be found in which part of the library.