Our Southwest Media Center collections and services are designed to help students succeed in school. Our Media Center staff works with students and staff to develop the skills that make them effective users of information
Do you like to read? The Media Center encourages reading for the fun of it, and helps you investigate your personal interests. We have collections of popular novels and magazines, and are always on the lookout for resources. (Email email@example.com to recommend titles to add to our collection or if you would be interested in donating any materials.)
The Media Center's main room seats over 100 people. It also holds our collection of over 26,000 print and non-print materials including reference, fiction, non-fiction, paperback, and professional journals. We subscribe to 21 periodicals and local newspapers.
To help you find what you're looking for, everything is indexed in the Online Southwest Catalog.
The Media Center is fully networked and computer-friendly. We have 6 PC and 70 Macintosh computers. All are networked and have access to the internet. 60 are equipped with DVD/CD burners and several have scanners. Additionally the Media Center administers and schedules 2 more computer labs at Southwest with another 70 computers.
Not all media center resources can be put on a shelf. The Media Center subscribes to online databases. Funded by the state of Minnesota through Minitex this group of databases provides access to reference books, general periodicals and professional journals. Through Minitex we also have access to NetLibrary, an online library of mostly reference books available for "virtual" checkout. If you are not at Southwest and need a password for access from home, request that here.
Still can't find what you're looking for? Don't give up until you've talked with one of the media center staff.
Students who need to use the media center for class work, or who simply want to read or study in quiet surroundings may come to the media center during class time with a signed pink pass or their signed planner. Many teachers bring classes in for instruction and research activities and we have always encouraged parents and community members to drop by.
A-V equipment circulates on an as-needed basis. Video cameras, projectors, overheads etc., may be used for work on school projects during the day. Be sure to plan ahead, as demand for some equipment is high.
Finally, the media center is a quiet place. Everyone is expected to work with a minimum of conversation.
The Media Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Friday from 7:30AM to 3:30 PM. You may contact us during school hours at 612/668-3039.
Stop by and say hello. The Media Center staff is here to help.