RHS Library Report

April 2015


Classes and Collaboration

9th Grade

10th Grade

World Literature Controlled Research Paper

Hostetler (Periods 2, 4, 6 throughout April)
Compare/Contrast Research LibGuide, Biography in Context Database, NoodleTools Bibliography, Sharing SetUp, Notecards, Outline, Ongoing Student Feedback/Conferences

McIlwain (Periods 1, 2, 6)
Nectar in a Sieve LibGuide, NoodleTools Bibliography, Sharing SetUp, Notecards, Outline, Ongoing Student Feedback/Conferences

Cahill (Period 5)
Research LibGuide, NoodleTools Bibliography, Sharing SetUp, Notecards,

Swinehart (Period 3, 8)
Social Media Research, Databases, NoodleTools, Sharing SetUp, Notecards, Student feedback/conferences.

11th Grade

American Literature Research Paper

McIlwain (Periods 3, 7)

American Decades LibGuide

12th Grade

British and Modern Literature

Lynam (Periods 2, 4)

Poetry Literary Criticism, LibGuide

Professional Development and Committee Meetings

Digital Citizenship Presentation to School Board Curriculum Committee

Common Sense Media Certified Educator Status

Congratulations! We are happy to let you know that we approved your application to become a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified Educator. We are truly inspired by your devotion to teaching young people how to be safe, responsible digital citizens.

Policy 119 Committee

April 14, 2015 6-7:15pm
Completed revisions to the Controversial Materials/Events Policy.

ELA Vertical Team Meeting

April 28, 2015 7:30-11:00am
Topics discussed include the Research Process (Big6), Databases, NoodleTools, LibGuides, RTSD Research Scope and Sequence

ACRL/DVC Bridging Information Literacy Skills: School & Academic Librarians in Conversation

April 16, 2015 @ Community College of Philadelphia
Agenda and Notes

Professional Learning Communties

PLCs: April 21, 2015

Agenda Ideas

· Share what’s working well in your classes.

· Pose questions to the group regarding what you want to learn or any issues you may be having.

· Review last month’s PLC topics and conversations.


1. Creating Discussions: Due date, graded, link/embed, add file, copy to courses, advanced options, threaded, moderate

2. Schoology YouTube Channel

3. Using Explain Everything to flip & post to Schoology with questions embedded for students to reflect/respond.

4. Rich Text Editor: Add page, image, media, edit, customize, math formulas

5. Student Completion Rules


1. Nearpod

2. Aurasma


1. Canva

2 Twitter #edtechchat #sschat #mathchat

English Department Meeting

OverDrive presentation- Adding English Department ebooks.

Turnitin information session- teachers are interesed in the Originality Check software. Evaluation form turned in to Joan Cusano.

Collaboration with TE Librarians

April 14, 2015 Visit to Conestoga HS Library

Graduate School Class

Spring 2015: Mansfield University LSC 5511 School Library Technologies
Assistive Technologies
Browsers and Plug-ins
Computer Security
Electronic Resources


Teen Reading Lounge Book Club

Book Club

Club Meetings

Honor Council- Brown Bag Lunch
Students Helping Students
Radnor Library Board

Reading Olympics Competition

April 27, 2015
Fran Misener, Alexis Swinehart and I took a group of students to Springton Lake Middle School to compete in the Delaware County Reading Olympics. They earned blue ribbons for their performance!

Online Resources and Tutorials

Adding Citations to NoodleTools

Noodletools Citations

Student Numbers

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NoodleTools Projects

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LibGuides Statistics

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Current Library Statistics

Total circulations, including texbooks: 1,304

Interlibrary Loans Filled: 10

OverDrive eBooks Usage

Audiobooks: 5

eBooks: 23

Project Gutenberg downloads: 1

Database Usage- Gale

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Database Usage- ProQuest

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Salem Press eReference Books

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NewsBank (http://stats.newsbank.com)

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RTSD Newsletter Submission- April

If you haven’t checked out our ProQuest database, now is the time! Spring research projects are in full swing, and this resource is a wonderful place to start. You’ll find access to a wide range of amazing resources. Access from home requires our RHSDL password.

ProQuest eLibrary : Through eLibrary, users can find images, video, eBooks, and 100% full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. They can also find maps, transcripts, audio files, graphics, interactives, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, timelines, slideshows, editorially created research pages, and hand-selected websites. Publications are updated promptly, and thousands of new images are added every day. A quick two minute tutorial and overview can be seen here: http://www.proquestk12.com/demo/10/2Min_eLibrary_CE/2Min_eLibrary_CE.shtml.

Keeping track of your research through Noodletools is essential. Sign in at www.noodletools.com and use your Personal ID and Password to log in. Keep track of your sources in the Bibliography, NoteCards, and Outline tabs help to streamline your work.

Be sure to stop by the library to check out a few books for Spring Break, or use your OverDrive app to download the newest ebooks and audiobooks. Your school computer log in information will help you check out these items.

Any questions? Contact Michelle.Wetzel@rtsd.org. Happy Spring!

Mission and Philosophy


The library media center is central to the learning process occurring in schools. Its program is designed to produce students who are information literate. Information literate students are effective users of information in a variety of formats. The school library media center is the vehicle that provides opportunities for students to attain information literacy and to foster a lifelong interest in acquiring knowledge while following their passions. A student-centered program is dependent upon a school librarian assuming a pivotal role in working collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and others direct to the program.


The school library media program in the Radnor Township School District will prepare students for their roles in the technology-driven global community of the 21st century by teaching students to find and use information efficiently and effectively. The library program will help students develop lifelong reading and learning skills and the motivation to take responsibility for their own learning.