The Frederick Harris Library System
At ASIJ we believe that the libraries are the intellectual backbone and a cultural arm of the school. Our four division libraries provide a broad range of up-to-date material that show a variety of points of view, reflect different cultures and belief systems, and appeal to a variety of learning styles. In addition, we offer students and parents a carefully selected collection of current and classic literature from an eclectic range of international authors.
About Our Libraries
The libraries are friendly collaborative spaces (both physical and virtual) where students can find resources and assistance with research, technology and other TMI issues. The libraries pull in the expertise of librarians, information technology specialists and others to meet the information needs of 21st century learners.
The ELC Library is the newest component of ASIJ's library system. Inaugurated in school year 2003-2004, it was operated completely by hand the first year. The next year saw the introduction of electronic catalogs and bar coding, and now the Early Learning Center has stepped entirely into the electronic age, being incorporated into the Destiny networked library catalog. We are proud to be the "Little Brother" of the American School in Japan's library system. We are probably the only branch of the system where the patrons cry if they miss library day.
The ASIJ Elementary Library is a joyful and very lively place. Its wonderful state of the art facilities were fully renewed in the summer of 2004. It houses over 20,000 elementary level library materials available to ASIJ students and their families. This is an open access library. Hours are 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and students are invited to drop in before school, during recess or on a library pass from their classroom to borrow books, magazines or audiotapes.
The Middle School Library is a student-centered environment with more than 11,000 books, periodicals, audio visual materials and Internet access. Our on-line resources include remote access to selected encyclopedias, databases of thousands of indexed articles from a wide range of periodicals, and the Middle School Library on-line catalog (with 10,000 embedded, selected web sites). The MS Library also offers a broad collection of the latest young adult (YA) fiction as well as a current collection of graphic novels. Mrs. Onozuka is there to offer assistance from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, except on Wednesdays when the library closes at 3:05 PM.
The High School Library/Tech Center maintains a comfortable atmosphere where all members of the ASIJ community are welcome to read, study, relax, study, and research online through our wireless network. The collection includes more than
20,000 books (including 1000 ebooks on Kindle and the Follett Shelf), 500 AV materials, 50 magazines, and two daily print newspapers. Kindles are available for checkout and iPads are available for use. One of our unique features is a very extensive collection of materials on Japan, both in English and in Japanese.
In addition to our library staff, we have two technology assistants stationed in the Library/Tech Center to help students with their Internet access, laptops and software. The Library/Tech Center is open from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday to Friday.
All four libraries share an online catalog and remote access to 15 databases to facilitate student, teacher and parent research. For more information about the library websites, databases, and other resources and services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As American author, Ray Bradbury once said, “"It's no use going to school unless the library is your final destination."