Library

We are so excited to have you visit the Millard South Library.  We hope you will come often to check out books, do research, or study.  The information below will help you get to know our library better.

 

Library Staff:

Mrs. Jennifer Prasch, Teacher-Librarian
jlprasch@mpsomaha.org

Ms. Julia Gilreath
jgilreath@mpsomaha.org

Hours: The Millard South Library is open before and/or after school to serve our students and staff.  Students must sign in and sign out.  Our normal hours are as follows:


Monday - Friday:  7:30 AM - 3:45 PM

Occasionally, school events or unforeseen circumstances require that our hours be adjusted. Please listen to announcements or check the school website for these changes.

Circulation Procedures:

  • Books may be checked out by Millard South students at our library's circulation desk. 
  • Up to 5 books may be checked out to a student at any given time.  Students who fail to return library materials may be limited to fewer books.
  • Books are checked out for a period of 3 weeks.  Books may be renewed one time for an additional 3 weeks.
  • Students are responsible for lost or damaged items checked out in their names.  Please do not check out books for another student.


Services: 

Book Recommendations/Checkout
Research and Reference Assistance
Online Database Access
Access Codes for Online Database Home Use
Leisure Reading Spaces
Quiet Study Spaces
Audio-Visual Checkout and Assistance
Audio/Video Editing Equipment and Assistance
Desktop Support
Printing Kiosk

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Millard South High School Library is to provide quality learning experiences designed to equip students with the skills to adapt and thrive in a changing global environment. Our library extends and enhances the classroom experience, being a place where students, teachers, and librarians can explore, learn, create, and collaborate. We seek to foster a love of reading and learning while we utilize current technologies to assist students in becoming proficient and responsible users of information. We strive to promote intellectual freedom and foster lifelong learning opportunities.


...AASL (American Association of School Libraries) Statement on the Role of School Libraries...

Learning for life…whether the focus is on readiness for the next grade, college and career readiness, the school library program plays a crucial role in preparing students for informed living in the 21st century. Today’s information universe affords opportunities for around-the-clock access to information in diverse and often unjuried venues. Citizens of this information world must have the skills and dispositions to access information efficiently and to assess critically the sources they rely upon for decision-making, problem-solving, and generation of new knowledge.

The school library program provides learning opportunities in multiple literacies that enable students to become efficient and effective in the pursuit of information. Further, the school library program encourages a critical stance as it encourages students to examine the authority of authors and the bias of sponsors; to assess the importance of currency of information to the topic at hand, and to determine the scope and relevance of the information to meet their needs. This instruction occurs best in the context of the school curriculum where students have a need to know and are guided by a standard of excellence set by their classroom teachers in collaboration with the school librarian.

Beyond its curricular role, the school library program gives each individual member of the learning community a venue for exploring questions that arise out of individual curiosity and personal interest.  As part of the school library program, the school librarian provides leadership in the use of information technologies and instruction for both students and staff in how to use them constructively, ethically, and safely. The school librarian offers expertise in accessing and evaluating information, using information technologies, and collections of quality physical and virtual resources. In addition, the school librarian possesses dispositions that encourage broad and deep exploration of ideas as well as the responsible use of information technologies. These attributes add value to the school community.

The school library program is based on long-range goals developed through strategic planning and reflecting the mission of the school.  The school librarian participates fully in all aspects of the school’s instructional program including federally mandated programs and reform efforts.  The school library program provides flexible and equitable access to all, physically as well as virtually.  The collection includes materials to meet the needs of all learners, representing various points of view on current and historical issues, as well as a wide variety of interest areas.  Policies, procedures and promoting guidelines are developed to maintain the school library program.  Library staffing and budget are sufficient to support the school’s instructional program and meet the needs of the school
library program goals.   

The school library represents for students one of our most cherished freedoms--the freedom to speak our minds and hear what others have to say. Students in America have the right to choose what they will read, view, or hear and are expected to develop the ability to think clearly, critically, and creatively about their choices; rather than allowing others to do this for them.