Libraries

Welcome to Association International School Library, an interchange for intellectual ideas and a symbolic crossroad of learning. Here, the past collides with the present as we provide a borderless laboratory for students/scholars to study as well as research into new fields and methods of acquiring knowledge. The Library’s serene and congenial environment, as well as its effective application of day-to-day operating procedures by the staff ensure the provision of support and assistance required by patrons/users to enhance their reading and research activities.

Here, we are embarking on reinventing what the library can and should aspire to be. We are anticipating and adapting to the changing needs of students and faculty. We are again proposing open access by empowering researchers to share information with the world. Libraries are not created in a day, but through time, with careful acquisitions and plans. Already, we are fortunate to have a solid foundation of print books and electronic databases to meet the information needs of students, faculty, and scholars. Our libraries are automated; it makes information storage and retrieval very easy, proper records are kept about the resources of the libraries which ensure that borrowing activities are easily transacted.

The library is a learning center on campus; an environment in which students can read, relax, use computers or books and study in adequate comfort. It is also the place for students to enrich their academic lives and be inspired to set and reach high goals. This is just the beginning. There is much more ahead as we eat into the semesters and welcome fresh groups of students.

Mission of Association International School (AIS) Library

  1. To support the teaching, learning and research pursuits of the school by providing access to quality information resources and services.
  2. To ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information by making strives to provide the school community with a wide range of materials on appropriate levels of difficulty that will encourage growth in knowledge, establish a life-long love for reading, and foster information literacy.
  3. To provide a safe learning environment for all students to empower them with confidence to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society.

Vision of Association International School (AIS) Library

To build a library that will provide excellent information resources and services that meets the individual and collective information needs of its users or patrons.

Brief History of Association International School (AIS) Library

The Library was established in the year 2009 to support the growing information needs of students and lecturers in their research, teaching and learning activities. It started with an initial collection of 500 books. Currently, it has over 5,000 books. It is divided into areas such as a reading area, discussion area, lounge area and a research area. It has a seating capacity of 30 and its operations are fully automated. It is located at the Association International School campus at Airport Residential Area. The main library, which is located on the secondary campus, is called the “secondary library” and the other is “elementary library”; located on the early childhood campus.

Library Collection

The library’s collections include printed and electronic books, DVDs, CDs, periodicals, online databases and journals. Online databases provide access to articles and other reference materials, most of which are full-text.

The library system also provides computers with internet access for its patrons to enable them to tap into the benefits that come with the use of the internet and the World Wide Web (WWW).

Books are organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) scheme. The library’s collection of books is segmented into general collection, reference collection, and periodicals.

Staff of the Library

The Library is under the management of a professionally trained competent librarian assisted by a support team of dedicated staff.

Periods of Operation

The Library opens from Monday to Friday, and operates as follows:

Monday to Friday:      7:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Closing Periods

The library is closed on weekends, Christmas vacation holidays, and statutory public holidays. At the discretion of the librarian with the approval of the Library Committee, the library may be closed for reasons such as stock-taking, maintenance, etc.

 Users/Patrons of the Library

The Library is open to the following categories of users/patrons:

  • All members of staff/faculty
  • Students
  • Alumni of Association International School
  • Research Fellows and Visiting Scholars
  • Other categories of persons on the authority of the Library Committee.

Prohibited Activities

All library patrons are expected to be respectful and considerate towards each other in order to ensure that a reasonably quiet and serene atmosphere is created in and around the library for the benefit of all persons using the library at a particular time.

In support of the above policy, the following instructions should be followed keenly. The violation of any of the instructions listed below may result in the institution of penalties, including eviction from the library where need be.

Instructions

  • Mobile or Cell phones must be turned off or put on silence/vibration mode when in the library. Calls should be received outside the library.
  • Discussions, talking and laughing are not allowed in the library, unless there is a library instructional hour.
  • Unauthorized removal of library materials and defacing or destruction of property and materials are not allowed.
  • Boisterous behavior including running, loitering, throwing of objects, and fighting are prohibited.
  • Inappropriate language and display of affection is prohibited.
  • There shall be no smoking in the library.
  • Do not place your feet on the tables and chairs.
  • Foods (edibles), water and drinks are not allowed into the library.
  • There shall be no removal of Ethernet cables from the Library’s desktop computers.
  • Return recalled items on the due date in order to prevent being fined and or suspension of borrowing privileges.
  • Taking any item out of the library without completing the appropriate loan procedure amounts to theft and is strongly detested by the Librarian. Patrons must satisfy the Librarian that any library item being taken out of the library has been duly borrowed.
  • Entry to the library with bags, gowns, raincoats, umbrellas, and other inappropriate items are prohibited. These items must be deposited on the shelves found at the entrance of the library.
  • The library will not be a place for any library patron to hang out with friends and colleagues for a chat. The library will remain strictly for academic pursuits.

Gifts

The library welcomes gifts but accepts them with the understanding that it has the right to handle or dispose of them in the best interest of the school. The library will determine the classification, housing and circulation policy relating to all gift items.

Intellectual Freedom

The Library is not biased on any issues and seeks to maintain free flow of information in the selection of books.  The disapproval of a book by one group shall not be reason for denying that book to all groups if by library selection standards it belongs in the collection. Any patron who wishes to challenge a library material on the shelves should contact the Librarian.

Reference and Access Service Policy

Introduction

AIS Library plays an active role in supporting the overall mission of the school by providing access to relevant information through the development of library collections, their organization and arrangement for access and use, and the provision of appropriate information and instructional services. To be most effective in fulfilling its mission, the Library offers a wide range of services for students, faculty, and staff of Association International School. These services include:

  • Provision of personal assistance to library users in the use of the Library.
  • Assisting library patrons to search for information both within and outside the library.
  • Offering Question and Answer Services (QAS).
  • Providing Referral Service.
  • Providing library research activities.
  • Providing Inter-library loan services.
  • Providing information and access to information.
  • Offering book lending services.
  • Providing reference and information services.
  • Providing internet services.
  • Providing reprographic services.
  • Assisting with manual/electronic literature searches.
  • Training in information literacy and user orientation skills.

Responsible Use of Library Equipment and E-Resources

Introduction

Desktop computers are located in the library to provide direct access to the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), web, and online databases and resources. Access to resources on the internet through library terminals is provided to support research and pedagogical activities only. All library patrons who utilize library computers are expected to do so responsibly, respecting library property and the rights of others.

The library cannot control all information available over the internet and is therefore not responsible for its content. The internet contains a wide variety of material, expressing many points of view. Not all sources provide information that is accurate, complete or current, and some may be offensive or disturbing to some viewers. The Librarian will however, to a very large extent, not allow the visiting of such sites. Users should properly evaluate internet resources according to their academic and research needs. Links to other internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement by the librarian of the content or views contained therein. The Library will do its best to block profane sites.

Behavior that adversely affects the work of others and interferes with the ability of library staff to provide good services is considered inappropriate. Examples of such attitudes include; chatting with friends in the library during working hours, noise making, lack of respect for each other, etc. It is expected that users of the library’s internet facility will be sensitive to the perspectives of others and responsive to library staff’s reasonable requests for changes in behavior and compliance with library and school policies.

The library reserves the right to prevent any user(s) from using a computer system if they violate any part of this policy and may deny further access to library computers and/or other library resources for repeat offenders. The library will pursue misconduct through the campus disciplinary channels and/or law enforcement as appropriate.

  • All students who want to use the library computers must gain approval from the library staff present.
  • The initial time of booking for each student is forty five (45) minutes; this may however be extended if there are no students waiting to use the computers.
  • For faculty and other staff, the initial time of booking is one (1) hour; this can as well be extended if there are no patrons waiting to use the computers.

Users are not permitted to:

  • Copy any copyrighted software provided by the school. It is a criminal offence to copy any software that is protected by copyright, and the school will treat it as such.
  • Use licensed software in a manner inconsistent with the licensing arrangement.
  • Copy, rename, alter, examine, or delete the files or programs of another person or library without permission.
  • Use a computer with the intent to intimidate, harass, or display hostility toward others (e.g. sending offensive messages or prominently displaying material that others might find offensive such as explicit sexual material or material from hate groups, etc.).
  • Create, disseminate or run a self-replicating program (“virus”), whether destructive in nature or not.
  • Use a computer for business purposes.
  • Tamper with switch settings, move, re-configure or do anything that could damage terminals, computers, printers or other equipment.
  • Collect, read, or destroy output other than one’s own work without the permission of the owner.
  • Download software from the internet onto library computers, altering settings or files, and tampering with computer security in any way.
  • The use of external drives e.g. pen drives, CDs or diskettes not supervised by library staff.
  • The installation of programs on the computers is not allowed.
  • The use of computers for games, watching of pornography/other films is also not allowed.

Library Reproductions, Copyright Protections and License Agreements

Many of the resources found on the web are copyright protected. Although the internet is a different medium from printed text, ownership and intellectual property rights still exist. Users must check the documents for appropriate statements indicating ownership. Most of the electronic software and journal articles available on library servers and computers are also copyrighted. Users shall not violate the legal protection provided by copyrights and licenses held by the Libraries.

Copyright law and contractual license agreements govern the access, use and reproduction of the electronic resources that the school library makes available to its users. Users shall not make copies of any licensed or copyrighted computer program found on a library computer. Unless resources are covered by license agreements, reproductions (print or electronic) are governed by copyright laws which generally require that:

  • Materials reproduced are for non-profit purposes.
  • Materials reproduced are for educational purposes such as criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship and research.
  • The reproduction does not become the property of the user.
  • The reproduction is for a single copy or one original, as opposed to multiple copies.
  • The reproduction is reasonable in length given the nature of the material.