The GMS library provides two ways for students to access books. A summary is below, but students can access helpful videos by logging into Blackboard and selecting GMS Library under Organizations. Then select Library Content, followed by their grade level.
1. eBooks and audiobooks: Students can add the Sora app to their ClassLink account to access eBooks and audiobooks.
2. Students can use the GMS Library catalog available on this website and also on ClassLink to request a print book be delivered to their English class. (Students who are learning remotely can contact Mrs. Perdue at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick up time on Wednesdays. Please also place your hold in the library catalog as described below.)
Requesting a Print Book (Directions for Students.)
- Select the Library Catalog on the right under Links or from the Follett Destiny Catalog app in ClassLink.
- Select “Log In” in the upper right corner.
- Your username is your computer username (usually this is your first initial, last name, and the last four digits of your student ID)
- Your password is the last five digits of your student ID.
- Locate the book you would like in the catalog and click HOLD.
- To see what books are already checked out to you, click the tab at the top that says My Info.
- Books check out for two week. You may renew your book twice online.
- If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Perdue at email@example.com (Remote learners will need to coordinate a Wednesday pickup time with Mrs. Perdue)
Research Resource Passwords: Do you need the username/password for the GMS library's Research Resources (Encyclopedia Britannica or Gale Virtual Refence Library)? Go to BlackBoard and open GMS Library under your organizations. Under Library Content theire is a folder of Passwords. The password only works if you use the links on our Research Resources page or the apps in your ClassLink account.
About the Library Program
The vision of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to empower students to learn technology and 21st-century skills incorporating collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship.
The mission of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to provide quality learning experiences designed to equip students with the skills to adapt and thrive in a changing global environment. The libraries extend and enhance the classroom experience: a place where students, teachers, and librarians can explore, learn, create, and collaborate. Librarians foster a love of reading and learning in addition to modeling and utilizing current technologies to assist students in becoming proficient and responsible users of information.
Roanoke County Book Selection Policy
The Roanoke County Public Schools library program has a book selection policy for our schools that supports the curriculum, incorporates current educational trends, and considers the needs, interests, and diversity of our students.
When selecting books for purchase, school librarians consider professional reviews and recommended reading ages. Nonfiction books are selected based on accuracy, scope, reliability, format, points of interest, and potential use. Materials on opposing sides of controversial issues are purchased so that students may develop critical thinking skills. Fiction books are selected based on the needs of the collection, popularity, quality, curriculum-connections, and professional book reviews. Recommendations from students and staff members are encouraged and honored when possible. Donated books must meet the same criteria as newly purchased books.
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