Gwyneth A. Jones – Teacher-Librarian & Technology Specialist  
Robin R. Black – Library Media Assistant  &  Collection Development Manager

The mission of the Murray Hill Middle School media program is to ensure that students and staff are lifelong learners who can access, evaluate, and use information in both print and non-print forms as well as engage in reading for discovery and personal enjoyment.  Further, the Program strives to serve as a literary, multi-media, and technological learning commons for the students, staff and community of Murray Hill Middle School.

The Murray Hill Media Program will:
Encourage students to increase their enjoyment and abilities in reading, listening, and viewing.
Increase students' information literacy by teaching students to search, locate, select, evaluate, create, and present information.
Prepare students to become independent, confident, and lifelong learners.
Prepare students to become ethical users and creators of information in all its forms.
Excellence is our standard. 

Hours of Operation - 8:40 am - 3:15 pm, Monday-Friday
For updated information check out our:
MHMS Daring School Library Media Blog
MHMS Learning  Wiki
MHMS Daring Teacher Tech Wiki
Ms. Jones’s Media Teaching Schedule

Students can come to the Library Media Center to exchange & check out books 
ANY day and ANY time as long as they have teacher permission & a signed agenda book. (The Media center is closed only during academic testing, administrative meetings, & absence or medical emergency of our entire staff, & for zombie attack.) 

Students may also check out books during Seminar according to this schedule: 
Monday & Tuesday 6th Grade
Tuesday & Wednesday 6th & 7th Grade
Wednesday & Thursday 7th & 8th Grade 

Or at ANY time during ANY class with teacher permission and a signed agenda book.

Homework Helpers & Resources
(also see our Research Resources wiki page for the latest!)

Some of the Resources below require a Secret Squirrel Password 
for students to access at home. If for some reason you don’t have them, 
ask Ms. Jones, Ms. Black or your English & Reading Teacher!

Grades 6-8 Curriculum Links is a collection of approved websites for use by students. There are dozens of very cool links from all areas of study including General Reference & Research, Biographies, Careers, Local & Global Information, News & Current events, and Literature & Reading, among others. There are far too many to name them all, and the list is updated frequently, so please check back often.

Research Databases Wikipage: For the Secret Squirrel Password for students to access at home: ask Ms. Jones, Ms. Black or your English & Reading Teacher!

MHMS Library Catalog allows you to search all of the media center materials at Murray Hill and at other schools in Howard County. 

Gale Student Resource Center is a fully integrated database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips. Ms. Jones says....”LOVES this Resource!’s Awesome!”

SIRS Knowledge Source is a comprehensive online interface providing integrated access to thousands of full-text articles, documents, and graphics from SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, and SIRS Renaissance. Thousands of full-text articles from domestic and international sources exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues are available.

World Book Online Reference Center  is an excellent source of reliable, easy to understand information for students. World Book Online offers all the features of the print encyclopedia plus links to maps, web sites, and other print articles.

Science Resource Center is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. This 24/7 resource reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms such as earth science, science history, life science, physical science, science and technology, space and much more.

CultureGrams offers concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on 190 cultures of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Choices Explorer is a comprehensive collection of career information including articles, interviews, and activities to help students discover countless career options.  With over 900 career profiles, this is an outstanding source for non-traditional and hard to find careers.

Howard County Public Library is an A+ partner in education, offering programs, activities, and events for all Howard County students, families, and teachers, in addition to being a resource for school assignments and reading for pleasure.

Homework Help from Howard County Public Library Students, grades 4 and up, interact with tutors on these subjects: math, science, English, and social studies. Tutors available seven days a week from 2:00PM until 1:00 AM. Math and science tutors also available in Spanish, Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 PM until 10 AM.

AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service. It uses the expertise of librarians to provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet. Expand your resources, connect with an information expert!

NoodleTools - MLA / APA Bibliography Composer, Research Tools
Generate, edit, and publish an MLA Works Cited list or APA References list that complies with the rules of the current MLA Handbook and APA Publication Manual 
Check-out Rules of the Road:
Students may check out up to two books for up to three weeks and can renew books at anytime.  However, students may have more books if needed for a special project or assignment - you just need to ask! :-) 
Students may check out up to two reference books overnight. These are checked out at the end of the school day, and are returned before homeroom the next day. They may be renewed for multiple days.
Students may check out one audio book or playaway at a time.  If you need a portable CD player we have those to loan with them along with backpacks! 
Magazines (back copy) can be checked out for a week at a time.
Students with overdue books cannot check out new books until their account is reconciled. Off the record, We’d rather have the books back than the money! Please keep trying to find those lost books for the next kid to enjoy. 
MHMS Media Center Procedures:
Because the MHMS Community values the resources provided by our Media Center, the following procedures must be followed so that all may use and enjoy the Media Center:

When entering by yourself or in a small group:
Check in with either Ms. Jones or Mrs. Black showing your signed agenda book and let us know if you need any help.
Ask permission before using a computer for any reason other than the PAC.
No free searching on the Internet or checking personal email allowed at any time in the Media Center or anywhere at MHMS - this not our rule but is an HCPSS rule. 
Because we want to help as many people as possible, all people must:
Use quiet voices when in the Media Center if students are taking a test or if we’re researching. But if we’re brainstorming and doing a hands-on activity connected with teaching, creating, & learning- then productive chaos is all good!  
Maintain safety at all times (no running, tipping on chairs, pushing, etc.) 
Use the materials with care and respect - they’re community property. 
Treat other students and teachers with care and respect. 
Observe the MHMS Expectations as you would anywhere in our school.

Thank you for taking your part in making our Library Media Center a place of learning and creativity!

Macs Rule......
so do Cepholopods, 
Cthulhu & Science!!!
Ms. Jones says, “Books
are Good 
Brain Food!”
Welcome to the Daring
School Library Media/Technology Center
 at Murray Hill Middle School