We have subscribed to Classroom Video On Demand, a comprehensive streaming video subscription service for high schools, featuring unlimited access to educational programs that can be viewed in class, at the library, or from home. We downloaded the records for these videos into our Destiny Catalog. You can access them by searching the catalog (you can limit your search in Circulation Types to Movies) or by going the Library Databases/Online Resources Page in Mustangs Online.
Stand by for our new Zinio Subscription. We have discontinued our underused library print magazines and gone with a new digital service. You will be able to read our magazines on your computer, iPad or other device. We chose the magazines based on a poll taken in the high school last year. We should have this up and running in a week or two!
The 9th grade students have visited the library twice in the past few days. The first time was to get acquainted with some great books, such as our new Sakura Medal titles and books recommended by the library staff. They sat in circles and spent one minute each with five books. Then they discussed the five books with the others in their circle. The second visit was a library orientation. The students worked in teams to discover information about both the physical and virtual library and then presented what they had learned to the rest of the class. Topics covered included the Online Databases, the Citation and Creative Commons Guide, the Destiny Library Catalog, the Sakura Medal Program, the fiction genres in the library, the Tech Help Desk, and rules around borrowing computer chargers, books, Kindles, iPads and other library materials.
A few days before school began all our new students came to the library for their library/tech orientation. The students were given scenarios related to our AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). Working together in groups they came up with solutions for the questions/issues in the scenarios.
We have subscribed to a wonderful platform and content management system for aiding student research. It is called LibGuides and it allows the ASIJ library media specialists to curate information targeted for specific units of study. Teachers can also add information to the guides. So far, we have used our new LibGuides for three classes: AP Environmental Science, Modern World History and Psychology.
Please take a look at our new guides at http://asij.libguides.com/index.php.