|The mission of the library media center is to facilitate the education of students for lifelong learning. In this information rich world, it is essential that all students and adults become effective users of information.
The library media center can accommodate up to seventy students at one time, and is open from 7:00 to 2:45. All students are welcome, with passes being required during the hours that classes are in session (7:30 - 2:15).
The media collection is comprised of over 23,000 titles, including 3,900 reference titles, 40 periodical titles, and 1,300 audiovisual titles. Learning experiences are planned and provided cooperatively by the library staff and teachers to most effectively utilize these resources.
Equipment available through the library media center for student use includes: sixteen networked pc’s, two digital scanners, one photocopier, one networked black and white printer, one color printer (fee per page) , and various other audiovisual aids.
The library’s Catalog is now available online through use of “Alexandria Researcher”. This system can allow students to view their own accounts and see which books they have out, and when they are due. Students who wish to use this feature first need to set up a password with a librarian in the high school library.
Link to SHS Alexandria Researcher
The subscription based Internet resources that are available provide students with reliable authoritative sources of information.
Log-in information and passwords, which are necessary in order to use these resources from home, are available in the library media center, or from classroom teachers.
Currently the Internet resources available are:
- EbscoHost − includes current and back issues from thousands of magazines, newspapers, and peer reviewed journals
- NewsBank – includes the Manchester Union Leader, and the Concord Monitor, with current and back issues of both
- Salem Health - Genetics and Inherited Conditions, Psychology and Mental Health, & Magill’s Medical Guide .Health
Infectious diseases & Conditions covers all aspects of infectious diseases and
Complementary & Alternative Medicine covers all aspects of alternative
- Salem Science - Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Encyclopedia of Global Resources, & Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues. Science
Earth Science provides information on the Earth’s surface and history, and on the physics and chemistry of the earth.
Applied Science looks at the relationship between science and technology examining how science affects daily life
- Salem History - Thirties in America, Forties in America, Fifties in America, Sixties in America, Seventies in America, Eighties in America, Nineties in America, Great Lives from History: Notorius Lives, Great Events from History: 19th Century, and Weapons and Warfare.
- M.E. Sharpe – Booms and Busts: An encyclopedia of Economic History.
- Career Cruising - provides students the tools to plan their future. It includes occupation profiles and comprehensive post-secondary education information. Students can explore and plan careers, and create their own portfolios. User name and password information is needed to log-in. This information is available in the library or Guidance Office
- Salem History - Milestone Documents of World Religions
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library – provides access to 278 titles (971 volumes)
of Gale reference books in a wide range of subjects.
- Britannica Online-School Edition
Britannica Online – school edition, includes: encyclopedias for Elementary,
Middle, and High school, a world atlas, a dictionary, web-links, multimedia, and
- Marshall Cavendish E-Books
Marshall Cavendish E-books: provide access to a selection of non-fiction e-books.
These books are ones that we have in print in the library, and may be accessed
directly through the library’s catalog, or by going to Marshall Cavendish’s link.
Link to Online Resources
When doing research it is important for students to use reliable authoritative sources, and to provide citations for all of the sources of their information. To assist students in their research assignments and in documenting their sources, handouts are available which include: research strategies, examples and instructions for creating “Works Cited,” and information on paraphrasing and using “Parenthetical References.”