​Learning Commons at the CBE

Today’s learners cannot imagine life without the internet and supporting technology. The concept of the traditional library is changing to include technology, online tools and spaces for collaboration and exploration.​​​

Learning Commons - Mission Statement

Students at James Fowler will find the Learning Commons a valuable environment for quiet study, research, reading and small group collaboration. Teachers book their classes to use the space and our print and digital resources.

As the heart of learning in our high school, the library offers a physical space that promotes creativity, collaboration and effective research, literacy and writing skills. We promote information literacy by teaching students skills such as website evaluation, use of primary and secondary sources, critical thinking and proper research methods. We promote a web portal of resources that is available anytime from anywhere. In an age of information saturation and constant connectivity we stress the importance of digital citizenship, privacy and developing a positive digital identity.

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday | 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday | 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Note: the library may be closed during regular hours for special events and exams.

Who We Are

Some of the things we do in the library:

  • Support students in their studies, answer questions, promote literacy, provide academic help, be a listening ear
  • Help staff and students find reading material
  • Order resources for the library

·         Provide a flexible, student-centered space for student use, learning activities and special events

·         Provide circulation services for library books and textbooks

·         Monitor and maintain regular library and textbook collections (adding new books to Fowler's database, repairing or discarding damaged books, preventative maintenance like reinforcing bindings and pages)

·         Supervise individual and small groups of students sent down to the library from teachers’ classes (note: students must sign in) as well as students on spares

  • Research and assess resources (text, AV, digital) to support curricular needs of staff and students

·         Sign out any equipment teachers need (cameras, screens, LCD projectors, SMARTboards, etc.)

·         Shelve and organize the library and textbook collections (including English novels)

·         Provide basic academic supplies for students to use (supply table)

·         Make new ID cards for students. Hold on to misplaced ID cards and lanyards.

·         Run overdue reports and notify TA teachers of students with outstanding books

·         Reset student printing balances and passwords

·         Coordinate textbook return accountability procedures

·         Provide colour printing and tech help support to students ($0.50/page fee)

Please ask if you need a hand!  That is what we are here for!


Procedures

We have a large number of digital resources available for students to use either at school or from home if needed for homework and projects. In addition, we have a large complement of desktop and laptop computers, both Mac and Windows based machines. The desktop computers are available for use by students for school related work before and after school and at lunch, as well as during student’s spares, provided they have not been booked for use by classes.

Students who are using school computers to work on materials at home please remember to save your work carefully. It is best practice to have backups of your files in your D2L locker or on a memory stick. Always make sure that you save your work into your H: drive (your personal home directory) so that you do not lose any changes made.

Spares

Students using the library on spare must wear their lanyard and have their timetable to show they are on spare. If sent from the classroom to work in the library, your teacher should call down and indicate what you are working on.

General Expectations

Students on spare and flex periods may use the Learning Commons for their own learning needs providing they are wearing their ID cards and have a timetable. All students not accompanied by their teacher must sign in when using the Learning Commons either from their classroom or on spare. In the interest of maintaining the condition of our space and collection, food and beverages, with the exception of a water bottle with a screw top are not permitted in the Learning Commons.

Printing

Printing is available at the Learning Commons; all printing is automatically deducted from your printing account. Each student receives 100 pages of printing each semester. This includes all printing, for classes and personal use. We also have a student photo copier in the Learning Commons which students can log in and use. Prints made on the photocopier are also deducted from the 100 page allowance. The Learning Commons has a colour printer and students must pay 50¢ per page. For colour printing, please check with the Learning Commons staff.

Signing-Out Materials

All students must present a current lanyard to sign-out any materials including text or library books

Library Books

  • Max 3: Students are permitted to sign out 3 library books at a time from the fiction and non-fiction collection.These are separate from text books. Students must present their lanyard and ID when signing out books.
  • Due: Library books are due 3 weeks from the date signed out. You can check the due date in the back of your book or link to the eLibrary catalogue on the Fowler Library homepage and check what you have signed out and when it is due.
  • Overdue: Should your books become overdue, we do not charge late fees but we do not allow any further sign outs. If your books are more than 3 weeks overdue, your computer privileges will be suspended until the book is returned or, if it has been lost, paid for. Payment for lost books is at the business office.

Text Books

  • Sign-Out: Text books are signed out by students with their teachers; if students come to the library without their class or on their own time, they must present their updated timetable to show the classes they are enrolled in. 
  • Exam Writing: Students who are not enrolled in a class who wish to sign out text books – e.g. to study to re-write diplomas etc, must get a note in writing from the department head giving them permission to sign out texts for classes in which they are not registered.
  • Online Courses: We do not sign-out text books for students who are in online courses. These students must get their textbooks from the online provider.
  • Text Books Due: All text books are due back by the end of the semester
  • Final Exams: To write your final exams, you must have your textbook returned. Please ensure that you have your book scanned by library staff so that you know it is your copy. If you return another student’s book, you are still responsible for the one signed out in your name.
  • Deposit: Students must have all books returned in order to receive their school fee deposit back as well as in order to sign out new texts the following semester. Lost books must be paid for at the business office.

We ask that students not sign out books for others as if your friend or classmate loses the book, the person whose account it is signed out under is responsible for the book. This can lead to a lot of hard feelings! Just as we ask that you don’t share your computer account with others, please don’t share your library account with others.

Learning Commons / Library

Learning Commons - Mission Statement

Students at James Fowler will find the Learning Commons a valuable environment for quiet study, research, reading and small group collaboration. Teachers book their classes to use the space and our print and digital resources.

As the heart of learning in our high school, the library offers a physical space that promotes creativity, collaboration and effective research, literacy and writing skills. We promote information literacy by teaching students skills such as website evaluation, use of primary and secondary sources, critical thinking and proper research methods. We promote a web portal of resources that is available anytime from anywhere. In an age of information saturation and constant connectivity we stress the importance of digital citizenship, privacy and developing a positive digital identity.

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday | 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday | 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Note: the library may be closed during regular hours for special events and exams.

Who We Are

Some of the things we do in the library:

  • Support students in their studies, answer questions, promote literacy, provide academic help, be a listening ear
  • Help staff and students find reading material
  • Order resources for the library

·         Provide a flexible, student-centered space for student use, learning activities and special events

·         Provide circulation services for library books and textbooks

·         Monitor and maintain regular library and textbook collections (adding new books to Fowler's database, repairing or discarding damaged books, preventative maintenance like reinforcing bindings and pages)

·         Supervise individual and small groups of students sent down to the library from teachers’ classes (note: students must sign in) as well as students on spares

  • Research and assess resources (text, AV, digital) to support curricular needs of staff and students

·         Sign out any equipment teachers need (cameras, screens, LCD projectors, SMARTboards, etc.)

·         Shelve and organize the library and textbook collections (including English novels)

·         Provide basic academic supplies for students to use (supply table)

·         Make new ID cards for students. Hold on to misplaced ID cards and lanyards.

·         Run overdue reports and notify TA teachers of students with outstanding books

·         Reset student printing balances and passwords

·         Coordinate textbook return accountability procedures

·         Provide colour printing and tech help support to students ($0.50/page fee)

Please ask if you need a hand!  That is what we are here for!


Procedures

We have a large number of digital resources available for students to use either at school or from home if needed for homework and projects. In addition, we have a large complement of desktop and laptop computers, both Mac and Windows based machines. The desktop computers are available for use by students for school related work before and after school and at lunch, as well as during student’s spares, provided they have not been booked for use by classes.

Students who are using school computers to work on materials at home please remember to save your work carefully. It is best practice to have backups of your files in your D2L locker or on a memory stick. Always make sure that you save your work into your H: drive (your personal home directory) so that you do not lose any changes made.

Spares

Students using the library on spare must wear their lanyard and have their timetable to show they are on spare. If sent from the classroom to work in the library, your teacher should call down and indicate what you are working on.

General Expectations

Students on spare and flex periods may use the Learning Commons for their own learning needs providing they are wearing their ID cards and have a timetable. All students not accompanied by their teacher must sign in when using the Learning Commons either from their classroom or on spare. In the interest of maintaining the condition of our space and collection, food and beverages, with the exception of a water bottle with a screw top are not permitted in the Learning Commons.

Printing

Printing is available at the Learning Commons; all printing is automatically deducted from your printing account. Each student receives 100 pages of printing each semester. This includes all printing, for classes and personal use. We also have a student photo copier in the Learning Commons which students can log in and use. Prints made on the photocopier are also deducted from the 100 page allowance. The Learning Commons has a colour printer and students must pay 50¢ per page. For colour printing, please check with the Learning Commons staff.

Signing-Out Materials

All students must present a current lanyard to sign-out any materials including text or library books

Library Books

  • Max 3: Students are permitted to sign out 3 library books at a time from the fiction and non-fiction collection.These are separate from text books. Students must present their lanyard and ID when signing out books.
  • Due: Library books are due 3 weeks from the date signed out. You can check the due date in the back of your book or link to the eLibrary catalogue on the Fowler Library homepage and check what you have signed out and when it is due.
  • Overdue: Should your books become overdue, we do not charge late fees but we do not allow any further sign outs. If your books are more than 3 weeks overdue, your computer privileges will be suspended until the book is returned or, if it has been lost, paid for. Payment for lost books is at the business office.

Text Books

  • Sign-Out: Text books are signed out by students with their teachers; if students come to the library without their class or on their own time, they must present their updated timetable to show the classes they are enrolled in. 
  • Exam Writing: Students who are not enrolled in a class who wish to sign out text books – e.g. to study to re-write diplomas etc, must get a note in writing from the department head giving them permission to sign out texts for classes in which they are not registered.
  • Online Courses: We do not sign-out text books for students who are in online courses. These students must get their textbooks from the online provider.
  • Text Books Due: All text books are due back by the end of the semester
  • Final Exams: To write your final exams, you must have your textbook returned. Please ensure that you have your book scanned by library staff so that you know it is your copy. If you return another student’s book, you are still responsible for the one signed out in your name.
  • Deposit: Students must have all books returned in order to receive their school fee deposit back as well as in order to sign out new texts the following semester. Lost books must be paid for at the business office.

We ask that students not sign out books for others as if your friend or classmate loses the book, the person whose account it is signed out under is responsible for the book. This can lead to a lot of hard feelings! Just as we ask that you don’t share your computer account with others, please don’t share your library account with others.

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