Mission & Instructional Goals
The WJHS Library/Media Center strives to be an integral part of the school's total instructional program. The Library/Media Center is designed to provide comprehensive support, instruction and materials to all WJ students and faculty. Our mission is to make students independent and effective users of information.
Lessons on information retrieval skills are planned and taught jointly by the Media Specialist and classroom teachers. These lessons are integrated into the curriculum. Classes receive appropriate instruction before and during research activities. Students master research skills which are reinforced during subsequent visits to the Library/Media Center.
All students and staff are invited to use the Library/Media Center and the Online Resources for academic, curricular, and instructional support, as well as for recreational reading.
Please feel free to ask any staff member for assistance when seeking information in our Library/Media Center. Contact the Media Center at: 301-803-7227.
Monday - Friday: 7:20 a.m.--3:50 p.m. Occasionally we will have to alter the regular Library/Media Center schedule. Changes will always be posted on the front doors.
The Library/Media Center offers an extensive collection (more than 10,000 items) of print and non-print resources including: books, magazines, newspapers, online reference sources, CD-ROMS, video tapes, art prints, and more. The Library/Media Center’s resources have been specifically selected to support the school’s instructional program. Because of that focus, we will usually have more resources on specific curriculum topics than a public library. A copy machine is located in the Media Center for student use. The cost per page for copies is $.15.
Computer Work Stations
The Media Center has 68 computers available for student and staff use. One of these computers is connected to a scanner. Teachers plan and schedule with the Media Specialist for research units utilizing online references and other library materials. Teachers may schedule the use of computers for other than Media Center research activities on a daily/weekly basis.
Our circulation system is computerized. Students use their student i.d. numbers to check out materials. The list below explains our system and specifies the length of time different types of materials may be checked out.
Reference: Overnight. Reference Books are due before 1st period on the date due. Students may not check out any additional materials until all overdue books are returned. All other books: May be checked out for 2 weeks. A maximum of 4 books may be checked out at a time. Overdue notices are sent periodically to the first period teacher. Books overdue more than 30 days become financial obligations. Students with overdue books will not be able to check out additional library materials.
Back Issues - 2 weeks
Current Issues of Magazines may not be checked out. If any item is OVERDUE, students may not check out any other library materials until the overdue items are returned.
The TV studio with control room and editing facilities is open for school use. Teachers and students can schedule and plan with the Media Services Technician for its use. The TV studio provides daily announcements and "scrolling news".