Learning Commons Staff

  • Learning Commons Department

    Front Row:  John Hayward, Kelly Murphy, Debra Ericson (Standardized Testing Coordinator), Patty Cosgrove
    Back Row:  Laura Neuman, Katie Long-Piper (Testing Center Coordinator), Cathy Gottlieb

Visit the Learning Commons

  • Learning Commons Hours:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*
    Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    (*Late bus passes are available)
    • Before and after school
    • During all lunch hours
    • With a pass, during study hall or class
    • On an independent study day for a Blended Learning class
    • Readers' Advisory and Research Assistance is available from the Librarians
    • Chromebook chargers are available for in-library use (ID required)
    • Infinite Campus sign-in required during Library Hours, when not with a class - (ID required)
    • Breakout collaboration rooms - first come, first served, for groups of 2-6; sign in at the desk (ID required)
    • Covered drinks are allowed.  Please finish your lunch or snack before coming to the LC.  

    *Peer Tutoring is provided by The Merry Tutors after school on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30, starting in September.  No advanced sign up is necessary.

NCHS Learning Commons Staff

Our Space

    • Tall tables with charging ports near the Honor Garden window
    • Booths and tables for collaborative group work
    • Quiet reading zone near the breakout rooms
    • Breakout rooms - 3 glass-walled rooms with projector monitors are available on a first come, first served basis.  Sign in at the circulation desk.

    Breakout room  Quiet Zone  Booths  Daisy chairs  High top tables

  • Services available:

    • Print books available for checkout
    • Sora (aka OverDrive) eBooks and eAudio books available for checkout 24/7
      • Can be read/heard on Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones and dedicated ebook devices
      • The Sora app is on all student Chromebooks, in the task bar.
      • Access the NCHS Sora/OverDrive collection
    • Readers Advisory - whole class or individual
    • Research Assistance Program (http://tinyurl.com/NCHS-RAP-with-Librarian)
    • Information Literacy instruction - whole class or individual
    • Inter-library loan from public and college/university libraries
    • Photocopies, color prints for school assignments
    • 3D Printing - prints must be approved by an LRC Director
    • Quiet study space in the College and Career Center, when not in use by classes
    • Green Screen Recording room - see Library staff member to reserve a time
    • Chromebook charger - for in-library use only
    • 24/7 Access to databases (passwords are in the print Redbook and in the Learning Commons)

    Circulation Policies:

    • Books, Kindles (for checkout of OverDrive ebooks)
      • 3 week checkout
    • Magazines
      • 1 week checkout
    • Audio books (CD Rom and OverDrive audio)
      • 3 week checkout for CD Rom, or teacher discretion
      • 3 week checkout for Sora audio
    • Cameras, Digital MP3 Audio recorders/players
      • 3 day checkout or teacher discretion
    • Art Department Cameras and tripods
      • 5 day checkout
      • Cameras may be renewed if there are no reserves

    Note: Overdue fines are no longer charged. Lost or damaged books will be charged to the student's school account. 

    Learning Commons Policies:

    • Respect Others
      • Keep conversation to a quiet level so others may work without disruptions.
      • When using the monitors in the Breakout rooms, video/screen projections must be school related and appropriate.
    • Respect the Space
      • Sign in at the desk with your ID Card during school hours, unless attending with a class.
      • Snacks and covered drinks are permissible.  Please finish lunch from the cafeteria or take-out restaurants before coming to the LC.  Dispose of all trash and clean up spills.