Olathe East Library

Building confident, creative information users and producers

Library News: January 2014

We are excited to begin the new year with an outstanding eBook collection launch! Thanks to an Olathe School District (USD#233) collaborative agreement, a large variety of fiction and non-fiction eBooks are now housed in Follettshelf, a program offered through Destiny, our library circulation system.

Interested in seeing what titles we offer? Visit http://destiny.olatheschools.com/ and choose: FollettShelf. When prompted, enter the login and password you use when you login to school computers. All available eBooks offered by Olathe East will appear. You may read them directly from your screen, or check out titles that interest you. When you check out an eBook, you can read it on your eReader or iPad or other tablet device. eBooks check out for three weeks and then will be automatically "returned" so that other readers may access them.

eBooks are a versatile way to enjoy your reading experience, because you can carry your reading on-the-go, highlight passages, discover word meanings through the built-in dictionary, and easily place bookmarks when you need to pause reading.

Readers, You've Got Books!

We had a shipment of new books arrive in January, and our readers are enjoying browsing the wonderful selection of new offerings!

We Love the Olathe Public Library!

During January, our senior students were treated to a visit from Olathe Public Library teen librarian Angela Parks. We learned how to access a variety of virtual resources right from home and school, including homework help, tutoring, and downloadable eBooks and magazines. Wow! Students also learned how to find test prep materials, including practice tests for the Compass placement exam given at Johnson County Community College, as well as for traditional college entrance exams. Information for accessing audiobooks was also provided.

Ms. Parks provided students with new public library cards during her visit. All that is needed to access the above resources is a current library card and a student-created PIN. Library materials may be requested online, and students can opt to receive an e-mail or text message when materials arrive. The Indian Creek Branch, located on Blackbob Street near our school, has ongoing teen programs that serve the needs of our students. Check out what the public library can do for you!

National History Day Projects -- Work Continues!

Throughout December and into January, our AP American History students worked diligently on their National History Day (NHD) projects. Formats include individual and group research papers, individual and group displays, performances, documentaries, and web page design. The students used self-directed and small-group learning to access and use the finer design points of Weebly, a free, web-design program required for NHD entries.

Students from Mrs. Britton's class had terrific questions, and their queries required precise research to find the correct answers. For example, one group wanted to insert a video clip from the film "Titanic" into their documentary, and wondered whether this was permissible per copyright law. They were especially interested in showing viewers what types of issues faced the steerage class travelers so that they could successfully board the ship. After research, and discussion, it was suggested to them that they might find authentic photographs instead, through sites such as the Library of Congress, which would help them to create a more meaningful and historically accurate presentation of health practices aboard the ship.

Our students will have the opportunity to share their projects locally when all Olathe Schools students meet in late February for a NHD field trip at Mahaffie Heritage Center.

Pro v. Con - Learning About Viewpoints

As our tenth-grade ELA students read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), they are learning how to locate, examine, and analyze viewpoints for different current news events using our online subscription database Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

Students received instruction from Dr. Franklin about how to use this powerful and comprehensive database, and also learned why they need to cite their sources and give credit to authors. They learned how easy it is to locate database citations, and how to use them to create an accurate Modern Language Association (MLA) Works Cited page. The work they did in our library will serve them well throughout their years at Olathe East, as several classes require both database usage and MLA formatting. Several students remarked how easy it was to find and use citations, and having them work on this assignment was a pleasant, no-stress way to introduce them to scholarly reading and writing! Classes visited with the following teachers: Mrs. Stephenson, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Earnshaw, and Mrs. Jacobsen.

Forensics Class and Literature Appreciation

Mr. Dougherty's Forensics class came to the library to learn about fine works of award-winning literature in preparation for upcoming contests. Students were introduced to a variety of authors and storylines, including some short story collections, and time was spent considering how these selections might be performed by individuals of groups of two students. Students learned about authors and were given opportunities to interact with and choose literary selections. Students observed book trailers created by other students to show them different ways that these works might be interpreted.

Circulation Stats

During January:

474 library items were checked out to students

202 library items were checked out to faculty
Total library circulation = 676 items

Total school textbook circulation = 1.084 items

The top 10 check outs for January were:

1. The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
2. Ready Player One
3. Beloved: A Novel
4. Bread Givers: A Novel
5. The Handmaid's Tale
6. Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

7. XXX Holic (manga)

8. Cutting for Stone: A Novel

9. Moloka'i

10. Native Son

Database Stats

A.R.T./Seminar Stats

During A.R.T. in December, 198 students visited the library. During Seminar, for the same time frame, 95 students used the library for academic study time.

Class/Individual Visit Stats

During January, there were 142 class visits to the library for the purposes of instruction, computer and laptop use, book check out, and textbook check out.

Subjects areas receiving instruction included:

AP American History
College Prep Language Arts
AP English IV Language Arts

English IV Language Arts

Sophomore English II Language Arts

During the same month, 321 students visited the library individually to work on assignments and projects.

Librarian: Lori Franklin, PhD/MLS

This is my 18th year as a school librarian. My research focus involves the everyday life information seeking skills of young adults working in school libraries. My goal is to help all OE library users to become confident, creative users and producers of information resources. I provide large group, small group, and individual instruction for library and information skills. I also present information skills literacy at the local, regional and national level. During summers, I work as an adjunct professor for the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) at Emporia State University.