Effective Use of the Florence High School Library Media Center

  • Suzie McGee, Media Specialist

    I began my education career in 1998, first as an English teacher and for the past nine years as a library media specialist. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of West Alabama. Florence City Schools is an awesome place to work! Go Falcons!


    Monday – Friday

    7:55a.m. – 3:35p.m.

    Students may come to the media center for independent study, directed or recreational reading, or to check out books, etc.  

    Filtered Search Engines and AVL resources can be accessed from the “Student Resources” icon on the desktops of all library computers or from the “Online Resources” link found on the Florence City Schools’ Webpage


    • Students may check out up to 5 books.
    • Books are checked out for two 2 weeks.
    • Books may be renewed as long as no one is waiting for them.  You must bring books into the library for renewal.
    • Reference books and books placed on Reserve cannot be checked out.
    • Students cannot check out magazines, audio-visual materials, newspapers, or equipment.


    NO Food or Beverages In the Library

    Ask a librarian to assist you in using the Library Media Center.

    Research Made Easy

    The Big 6


    What is the Big6?


    The Big6 is an information problem—solving process.  When you apply the Big6 steps, you have an essential framework to approach any information-based question 

    1) Task Definition

    • What needs to be done?

    2) Information Seeking Strategies

    • What resources can I use?

    3) Location and Access

    • Where can I find these resources?

    4) Use of Information

    • What can I use from these resources?

    5) Synthesis

    • What can I make to finish the job?

    6) Evaluation

    • How will I know that I did my job well?


    Computerized CARD CATALOG

    • A shortcut to the card catalog (Destiny) is located in the “Student Resources” file of all computers.
    • Search for materials by key word, title, author and subject or series.
    • Write down call number to locate book on shelf.


    • Students must return a signed parental permission form before using the Internet or AVL
    • Specific websites can be accessed through links located on the FCS webpage. Additionally, the ‘Student Resources” icon provides links to heavily used programs such as Destiny and AVL.
    • Printing from computer is 5¢ per page.

    AVL Online Resources

    • The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) is a collection of databases that contains mostly full-text articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias.  Any Alabama resident is eligible for free access to these databases.
    • Students may have home access to AVL by obtaining a card through the school library.  AVL can be accessed from all computers that are logged onto The Internet.  Some of the databases which are appropriate for high school include:

    Alabama Libraries

    Auto Repair Reference Center

    Biography Reference Bank

    Britannica Online School Edition

    Business and Company Resource Center

    Business Index

    Encyclopedia of Animals

    EBSCO Search

    Ethnic NewsWatch

    Gale Power Search


    Informe (Spanish)

    InfoTrac Student Edition

    Literature Resource from Gale

    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

    Oxford English Dictionary

    Oxford Reference Online Premium

    Serials Solutions

    Sirs Knowledge Source

    Student Research Center