CMS Library News

February 1, 2016

February 5 PLC Meeting

I will be sharing several resources for student research with you at our PLC Meeting on Friday. Here is a preview:

1. Middle School Explora: I shared this resource with students at our eBook training. They should all have it on their desktops. This is a user-friendly research site provided by Ebsco. Its features include citation help, audio, PDFs of magazines and eBooks and the ability to filter results by reading level.

2. eBook K-8 Collection: This resource should also appear on student desktops. There are thousands of free eBooks on this site which students may read online at any time. Most of the books are informational books, but there are a few lesser known fiction books. We have also had access to the Public Library Collection but will only have the K-8 Collection soon.

3. Destiny Quest: This library interface has many uses beyond searching for library books. I will show you how students can use Destiny Quest to access eBooks, conduct research and create MLA bibliographies.

4. If time permits, I will show you some websites from my technology conference, such as Padlet.

Places of the World: Did You Know?

The beautiful village of Hallstatt, Austria, once only accessible by boat, has a history spanning thousands of years as one of the earliest places of human settlement. Hallstatt is best known for its production of salt which dates back to prehistoric times. The world's oldest salt mine is located in Halstatt, which brought great wealth to its early inhabitants.

In 1863, a large prehistoric cemetery with over 1,000 burials was discovered and unearthed. Some of the archaeological finds, including mining tools, date back to 5500 B.C. The study of these findings is so significant that an entire wing of one of the world's premier history museums is dedicated to it. The mine also houses the remains of Europe's oldest staircase, approximately 3,000 years old. In the 1700's, a corpse preserved by salt, was also discovered in the mine. This corpse is believed to be the result of a mining accident in 1,000 B.C.

Today, Hallstatt is home to 1,000 people and its salt mine is still in operation.

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