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About the Library 410
About the Library
Library Staff

Ms. Quan-D'Eramo, Head of Library
Ms. Tse, Library Technician
Ms. Scott, Teacher Librarian
Mr. Wong, Teacher Librarian


Library Hours*

​Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday     8:15-4:00

​Wednesday                                        9:45-4:00

During Exams                                    See sign posted on door

*Library hours before and after school are staffed by volunteer teachers. Times outside of school hours are dependent on staff availability and the library may not be always open before and after school.

General Guidelines

  • The library is a designated teaching area, giving classes priority to space and resources during all periods
  • The library staff has full authority to prioritize facility, resource and equipment use
  • Students are admitted for quiet study, research and recreational reading when space permits
  • Please socialize with your friends in the cafeteria, the main foyer or outside
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the library other than water
  • Overhead transparencies to be used in the photocopier must be purchased from the library immediately before use
  • Cutting and pasting is permitted in the Makerspace area and must be cleaned afterwards  
  • Please ask the librarian for help with the photocopier
  • Video viewing through the TVs or computers are for academic purposes only
  • The personal use of cell phones and gaming devices are not permitted in the library
  • Recreational use of the internet (e.g., facebook, emailing, games and YouTube) is not permitted

Borrowing Materials

  • Resources can be signed out for two weeks
  • Resources can be renewed as often as desired provided that there is no waiting list for them 
  • Any fines, damages or lost item charges will be incurred by the person to whom the material has been signed out
  • Fines are $0.25 per day per item up to a maximum of $3.00
  • A replacement cost will be charged for lost or damaged items (e.g., water or food damage, bent or torn pages or covers)
  • Students are encouraged to follow the "protect our books" rules (e.g., no postits, keep food/drink away from books, careful with spines, no writing in books, etc.)
  • Items held on book carts are set aside for class use and must remain in the library
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended until fines for late, damaged or lost items are paid

Computer Use

The school's computer and internet policy is strictly enforced, including:

  • No games, social emails, chats, messaging, downloading (except for executables such as Acrobat to read .pdf files) or any illegal copying
  • No external devices (e.g., laptops) to be attached to the school network
  • No sharing of logins
  • Students in a scheduled library class have priority access to computers
  • There is a maximum of two students allowed at one computer station
  • Computers are for academic purposes as directed by a teacher and students may be asked to provide proof of what they are working on

Academic Honesty

The BCSS Library actively promotes Academic Honesty and Ethical Behaviour in the access and use of information.  Academic Honesty refers to students providing original evidence of their learning and appropriately acknowledging the work of others.  The Library promotes Academic Honesty through targeted instruction on strategies such as effective note taking, responsible usage of information and proper citations.  It is a foundational element of the Research Continuum, permeating throughout all targets.  In addition, the library provides an intervention program for those who require additional Academic Honesty support.  The intervention program addresses cheating and plagiarism.  

Cheating is the attempt to gain an unfair advantage in an academic evaluation, which may misrepresent the demonstration of a student’s learning or the learning of others.  Cheating includes:  

  • copying work of others on a test or exam
  • unauthorized giving/receiving of information during a test or exam
  • bringing unauthorized material into a test or exam
  • submission of same/similar work for evaluation in two courses unless both teachers have given prior approval

Plagiarism refers to representing someone else’s ideas, writing or other intellectual property as one’s own.  Any use of the work of others, whether published, unpublished or posted electronically, attributed or anonymous, must include proper acknowledgement.  Plagiarism hinders learning and the development of learning skills and work habits.  Plagiarism can easily be avoided by giving credit to the author.  When a situation arises where plagiarism is suspected, it is the responsibility of the student to demonstrate the work to be his/her own. Plagiarism includes:  

  • using whole sentences or paragraphs of another as your own;
  • paraphrasing someone else’s argument;
  • presenting someone else’s ideas or line of thinking as if it were your own; and
  • submitting a project, assignment, homework or essay that is not your own work.

 Depending on the severity of the incident, one or more of the following steps will be taken: 

  • students may be referred to an administrator;
  • parents/guardians will be contacted by the teacher and/or administration;
  • students may be required to complete an academic honesty activity in the Library;
  • a central record and documentation will be kept of all incidents; and
  • the Administration, in consultation with the teacher, will determine appropriate consequences for repeat offenders and notify the parent.​

 

 

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