LIBRARY RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR REFERENCE AND USE BY NIGERIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (2)

VOCABULARY IMPROVEMENT,NOVELS SUMMARY SCHEME AND RELATED RULES FOR OPERATION PREAMBLE WHAT IS A NOVEL SUMMARY SCHEME?

 1. Simply put, it means lending novels to students from the school library for reading,  summarization and submission for marking. The major objective is to improve students’ usage of English Language by acclimatization with the written word and subsequent widening of their vocabulary. There are many formats for achieving these and they shall be made available in similar write-ups which are coming up after this.

 2. However, the aim of this write-up is to specify library-related rules for operating the novel summarization schemes in a situation where a school has the library and willingness to operate such a program..The write-up should be read vis-à-vis another write-up titled LIBRARY RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR REFERENCE AND USE BY NIGERIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (1).

 3. In using the rules below please note that they relate more to the circumstances at Mason College Festac. Each school should therefore modify them according to its local or special circumstances once it takes a decision to start the Novels scheme.

 HOW TO OPERATE A NOVEL SUMMARY SCHEME

 4. We suggest a novel summary scheme  to be operated  in two phases. The first phase shall include NEW AND POPULAR  novels  recommended by the school for purchase by students during the 1st and 2nd terms. The objective shall be to encourage students build up personal libraries in addition to novels collectible from the school library under the second phase The first phase made up mainly of new novels shall be subjected to an overall test during the mid-term examination of the 3rd term and shall constitute part of the general paper examination (as in Mason College) for the year. The second phase shall be operated as indicated in subsequent paragraphs below.

 JS 1- SS2 (3 TERMS)+ SS3(1ST TERM ONLY)

 5. Collection of novels shall take place once every fortnight (probably on Fridays)

 6. Novels shall be returned within two weeks with summaries in the FORMAT indicated by school management. The formats acceptable to the school (see more notes on formats in paragraph 1 above) shall be indicated in a subsequent write-up to this.

 7. Students shall be allowed to take additional novels for personal reading if requested by them (subject to a limit of one at a time) but all novels collected at any time shall be returnable to the library within a fortnight as indicated above. All such additional novels, on return, shall have their statuses renewed if requested

 8. The school’s Academic Group shall be present at each collection exercise to assist librarians and students

9.  It shall be the responsibility of the Academic Group to keep a ledger of books collected by each student to prevent repeated  collection of the same novel or non-collection by some lazy students. If any student by chance escapes due observation by the Academic Group and knowingly engages in repeated collections or non-collection such shall be punished in accordance with the school’s list of academic offenses.

 10. Only SS 1 to SS3 students shall be allowed to collect movie VHS, CDs or DVDs in lieu of novels. Such can be collected from the internal or external library of the school.An example of an external library is Bookends now known as LAGOS BOOKS CLUB. The academic-related content of the movie shall, however, be approved by the Academic Group if it can. If not references shall be made to the Director for approval. Librarians shall be expected to extract a list of educational  movies available at the external library so that students can make their choices from the library within the school premises. Librarians,each week, shall also review this list with Bookends right from the beginning of each term.

 11. Non-collection of novels by students is an item under the school’s (Mason College) list of academic offenses  and shall be punishable as stated therein. This shall be pointed out to students from time to time. It shall however be the duty of the Academic Group as well as that of the Librarians to monitor students who have not collected novels. They should also ensure that this is done not later than Tuesday following the Friday scheduled for collection.

 12. No JSS student shall be allowed to take a book or a movie from the external library for the novel summary scheme. However, they shall be allowed to do so for pleasure-reading  purposes.

 SS3 STUDENTS(2ND/3RD TERMS) + AFTER GRADUATION OR AS ALUMNI

 13. During the second and third terms SS3 students shall be allowed to collect novels or movies from both libraries without submitting any summary work. They shall also be allowed to keep such assets for 3 days (movies) and 7 days (novels) respectively. Any additional novel or movie collected by any of them from the external library shall be paid for according to the terms of rentals or lateness as operated at that library. Collections from the external library shall be initiated through a note given by the Academic Group after express permission by Management.

 14. No library services shall be available, however, from 1st May of each year to SS3 students because of WAEC examinations. Such services shall not be available either after the NECO examinations in July. However they shall have the privilege of becoming automatic members of the external library without paying  registration fees as might be expected of members of the public. But they shall pay for  regular services like other public members of that library

DUTIES OF LIBRARIANS

 15. It shall be the duty of Librarians to secure the assets and keep the library neat and tidy at all times. It shall also be their responsibility to prevent or  put in check any form of noise, disturbance or distraction in the library They are permitted to raise appropriate penalties on students or staff members for any misdemeanor in the library. However on any issue leading to penalties to be raised on staff members such shall first be raised to  Management for confirmation through the official daily work done books.

MOVEMENT OF LIBRARY ASSETS

 16. All students and staff members are allowed to make reference to subject text books in the library only. They are not allowed to take text books away except if specially permitted by management through the Academic Group.

 17. Staff   members whose appointments have been confirmed by management are allowed to take a movie or a novel at the school or external library for a maximum 3 days for a movie and 7 days for a novel after which they shall be charged for late return on  any asset collected from the external library like other members of the public

 OTHER REGULATIONS

 18. The school libraries have more detailed sets of rules and regulations for reference purposes However, additional rules and regulations shall be made known to students and staff members through the usual channels such as this.

LIBRARY RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR REFERENCE AND USE BY NIGERIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (1)

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