The MS/HS library at AISJ became a separate entity from the Elementary Library in the fall of 2012 in order to better serve the middle and high school students and their particular research and recreational reading needs.
The library is open from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm every day, and even later if students and/or teachers request it.
The library is staffed by a Librarian holding a Master's Degree certification from an American Library Association-certified program. A well-trained library assistant and student interns who have the opportunity to earn credit for learning library, research, business, and marketing skills act as peer library advisors round out the MS/HS library staff.
As our middle and high school students do not come to the library weekly with their classes as they do in elementary school, the mission of the MS/HS library is to promote a lifelong love of reading for informational and recreational purposes. The library is an inviting, welcoming place where students can relax on a sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book during breaks or can work on their laptops at a table surrounded by encyclopedias and other texts after school. If eating lunch in the library while working on a project is necessary, then such multi-tasking is allowed and encouraged! We also aim to teach the necessary skills for students to be independent thinkers and lifelong learners using appropriate technologies and resources for each task at hand and to foster a curiosity of the world at large.
With more than 21,000 copies of books shared by the Elementary and MS/HS libraries, the ratio of books per student exceeds the MSACS and ALA recommendations. We also have a growing collection of online e-books to meet the needs of an expanded digital presence in the school. Our active, ongoing collection development keeps the latest books on our shelves while weeding out books that no longer meet the curricular or recreational reading needs of our student body.
The library subscribes to online databases such as Gale’s Student Resources in Context, Literature Resource Center and InfoTrac Student Edition to provide students with up-to-date scholarly content to supplement classroom resources and our print collection. Our online public access catalog, Destiny, further provides online guided research sources through its WebPath Express platform.
We have two computer labs equipped with 24 workstations each with the latest productivity software installed and maintained by our IT department that is located adjacent to the labs for immediate assistance. The library also has LCD projectors and space for classes and groups to meet and work on projects and research as needed.
As the “keeper of the books,” the MS/HS library also circulates, houses, and maintains all of the textbooks for the middle and high schools.