The Library Media Center is the resource center of the school. The LMC houses the Susan Heisey Been Library, the Academic Center, and the Knights Reading Room. Frederica Academy has print editions of various reference publications available and subscribes to print editions of newspapers and periodicals. Frederica Academy also subscribes to password-required, on-line databases of reference materials and resources--which are accessible from any networked computer in the school or any other Internet-connected computer. There are four computers for student use in the library. All middle school and upper school students are instructed in use of the online database in collaboration with academic classes.
The LMC uses an automated catalog system which is searchable from all campus computers. The LMC operates on a semi-open schedule, with Lower School classes scheduled on a regular basis.
Adjacent to the library, the Academic Center is a place where students receive tutoring and academic support. The center offers a demonstration station and 7 Windows-platform desktop computers connected to the Internet via the school network.
All computers in the LMC have access to the Internet, Windows 7, Office 2010, Adobe CS3, Accelerated Reader, Photo Story 3, video editing software, and audio recording software. Students and faculty have access to the computer stations with permission from the Academic Center staff.
The Frederica Academy Media Center is open to students and faculty from 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day. The Media Center is open at any time of the school day to individuals and small groups for access to resources and help from the media staff. Teachers my sign up on the Media Center schedule to bring entire classes. Collaboration with the media staff is always available. The Media Specialist or Media Center Assistant is available for help at all times. Students wishing to use the Media Center during class time must secure a permit authorized by their class period teacher except when they are a member of a class accompanied by the teacher.
Students may use the Media Center without a pass before and after the regular school day.
Bringing classes to the Media Center:
1. Teachers should check with the Media Specialist prior to bringing classes to the Media
2. Teachers are required to come and remain with their class when entire classes are using
the Media Center. 3. Student behavior is the responsibility of the teacher.
4. Teachers are encouraged to leave substitute plans which do not include use of the Media
Center for the entire class.
Checking Out Materials by Students:
- Students checking out more than two items at any given time must have special permission from the Media Specialist or Media Center Assistant.
- Regular books are loaned for a two-week period with renewal by permission of media center staff. - Exception: Kindergarten loan period is one week. Reserve books are loaned for three days or overnight by teacher request.
- Reference books are to be used only in the Media Center. Students may check out old encyclopedias overnight or on weekends to be returned by 8:00 a.m. of the following day of school.
- Back issues of magazines may be checked out overnight.
- All materials checked out to a student become the sole responsibility of that student. Materials are to be returned by the due date. Charges for damaged or lost materials are as follows: Lost books: $15.00, Lost magazines: $3.00, Damaged materials: to be determined by Media Center staff.
- A student who insists on returning Media Center materials late, has outstanding charges, or who has lost material will only be permitted to use materials in the Media Center until charges are paid.
Putting Materials on Reserve: Teachers may request that media (both print and non-print) be placed on limited check-out, i.e. three-day loan or overnight loan, for class projects and/or term papers.
Utilizing Audio/Visual Technology Materials and Equipment:
1. All audio/visual materials are located in the Media Center and should be checked out
through Media Center staff. Equipment and materials should be returned to the Media
Center at the end of the day unless other arrangements have been made with Media Center
staff. 2. Faulty equipment should be reported to Media Center staff who will arrange for repairs.
Teaching Information Access Skills:
1. The Media Specialist will give instruction in research skills to students in grades 1-5 and
as needed to students in grades 6-12.
2. If any teacher or paraprofessional needs instruction in the use of materials or equipment in
the Media Center, the media center staff will be available to provide this instruction.