December 2015

The "Intranet" at RHS

No more clipboards and binders full of sign-up sheets! Now, if you need to reserve a TV, LCD projector cart or computer lab you can do it right from your computer! (as long as you're connected to the school network)

Just go to http://intranet/ to get started!

  • Click on "Book a room or mobile computer lab"
  • Click on Rutland High School
  • You can choose the day, room/equipment and the block you'd like to reserve!

Here is a link to a brief pictorial. http://rhsvtlibrary.weebly.com/the-intranet.html

Call x1015 or stop by if you need any help!


The Bullies of Wall St. by Sheila Bair

From Goodreads:

Can knowing how a financial crisis happened keep it from happening again? Sheila Bair, the former chairman of the FDIC, explains how the Great Recession impacted families on a personal level using language that everyone can understand.

As the former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Sheila Bair worked to protect families during the crisis and keep their bank deposits safe. In The Bullies of Wall Street, she describes the many ways in which a broken system led families into financial trouble, and also explains the decisions being made at the time by the most powerful people in the country—from CEOs of multinational banks, to heads of government regulatory committees—that led to the recession.

Debunk it: How to stay sane in a world of misinformation by John Grant

From Goodreads:

We live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures, including politicians, religious leaders, broadcasters, high-traffic bloggers, and, of course, websites. With so much bullshit coming from so many sources, how can anyone be expected to discover the truth? Well, if you are tired of hearing blowhards spouting off about climate change, history, evolution, medicine, and more, you'll find this book full of invaluable facts that will startle and amuse you.

In Debunk it!, John Grant, author of acclaimed books such as Discarded Science, Corrupted Science, and Denying Science, will hook readers with modern, ripped-from-the-headlines examples of bullshit, clearly explaining how to identify and debunk such hogwash. He also provides a roundup of the rhetorical tricks bullshitters use when they try to pull the wool over our eyes and even offers advice about how to take bullshitters down. Although the subject matter can often be serious, the book is full of Grant's trademark humor and perceptiveness. (And some snark, too.)

Dark Tide: The great molasses flood of 1919

From Goodreads:

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.
An online database with information on the world's most influential people. It combines authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and more. Constant updating means the information is always current.

Give it a test drive at: http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/?p=BIC1&u=vol_r93hs

*You should be logged in automatically from a school networked computer. If not (or to log in from home), the username is: rutland and the password is: raiders (all lowercase)*

All of our databases can be found at: http://rhsvtlibrary.weebly.com/databases.html

Research Guides: Scaffolding the research process for student success

Research can be intimidating, especially now that the internet is throwing information at us left and right. Research guides (also referred to as "Pathfinders" in the library world) are a great way to get kids started. Essentially a roadmap for the resources needed in a subject, research guides can be tailored to fit specific assignments and grade levels.

Mini-research papers:


Short fact finding missions:


There are many different ways to set up a Research Guide. Email me and we can set up a time to chat about what you would like for your project or class!