Student Success Initiative (SSI)

The Los Gatos Library is partnering with local schools to improve access to educational and recreational materials through a project called the Student Success Initiative. Our goal is for every student in Los Gatos to obtain and use a library card.

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, Los Gatos Library partnered with Los Gatos High School to give students access to the library using their Student ID card. At registration, LGHS parents could choose to allow the school to share their student’s data with the Library to create a library account. In the first year, we created library accounts for 1,800 LGHS students.

This year we are working with Fusion and with Fisher Middle School, hoping to create another 1500 library accounts.

Education Research supports:

• Children who have library cards and use the library perform better in school;

• Public library staff help students learn how to perform age-appropriate Internet searches, use online resources for homework help using free, public-access computers;

• A library card is the most important school supply of all.

Accounts created through this initiative will be fine free accounts. Students using these accounts will not accrue fines for late items.

We have included some Frequently Asked Questions below. If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Laredo at jlaredo@losgatoca.gov.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What is SSI?

In early 2017, the Los Gatos Library was selected to participate in a program created by the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) to address the issue of access for students in using free resources provided by their local Library. The goal of the program is to give the ability for students to use their Student ID card as their Library card.

What can my child do with this new Student ID/Library card?

With a Student ID Library card your child can:

● Check out books, movies, music, magazines, and other Library resources

 ● Use Library computers or check-out in-house laptops for 2 hours per day

 ● Access electronic resources such as research databases, scholarly articles, eBooks/eAudiobooks, foreign language learning tutoring, and movies.

When will this program start?

During the Summer of 2017, staff from the Los Gatos Library will receive student data from Los Gatos High School and import records, creating Library accounts for students with Los Gatos High School Student ID cards.

What information will be collected? Will it be shared?

In order to successfully convert the Student ID card as a Library card, the Library will be collecting the student’s name, phone number address, date of birth, student ID number and email address. This information will only be exchanged between Los Gatos High School and Los Gatos Library. The Library protects all patron privacy, which can be explained in the Library’s Privacy Policy: http://www.losgatosca.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/15788

What if my child already has a Library card?

If your child already has a Library card, we will still create an account using their Student ID. Your student can then choose which account to use.

Do I need to sign up every year?

No. Students retain the same ID number each year and they are able to use it as a Library card through graduation.

When will my child's school be getting Library cards?

We are excited to work with every school in Los Gatos. We hope to get to your school soon. Please feel free to come in and get your child an account at any time, while you are waiting.

Our school doesn't have a Student ID card, can we still get Library cards?

Yes. For schools without a Student ID, or where they are not carried regularly by students, we will be developing other ways to issue a Library card.