The OS Information Center

Newsletter - Winter, 2015

The New Oakland Schools Website

Oakland Schools has a new website! This, of course, means that all OS departments have new web pages. The Information Center web page content includes links to resources and upcoming events. Also new is the School Librarian's web page. Check this page early next year for content.

New Books in the IC

Books recently added to the IC collection:

The Motivated Brain. Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt

Questioning for Classroom Discussion. Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking by Jackie Acree Walsh and Beth Dankert Sattes

To apply for an OSIC library card fill out the form and send to Judy Hauser C/O Oakland Schools or email your information to

To search for books by title, subject or author go to the online catalog. If you work in an Oakland County public school books may be sent to you by truck delivery.

MeL School Resources

School means homework, homework means term papers, term papers mean research resources, and research resources mean The Teens Gateway Homework Help section offers databases as well as select internet sites in four areas: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies/History. Whether it’s Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online, Research in Context, or InfoTrac Student Edition students will find reliable and accurate information and data for their research and learning. The MeL Kids Gateway also offers Homework Helpers for young learners who are just beginning their research efforts. Kids InfoBits, World Book Kids, and NoveList K 8 Plus are all designed with elementary students in mind with age appropriate content and subjects. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

MeL Minutes are brought to you by the Library of Michigan. Visit We encourage you to share MeL Minutes with your public service colleagues.

Eunice C. Borrelli

Michigan eLibrary Internet Librarian, Library of Michigan/Michigan Dept. of Education

And Speaking of MeL...

On October 1st, the MeL subscription eResources (aka databases) changed. Below you will find what is no longer available, what is new, and what stayed on. If you link to specific MeL databases on your library’s website, please make changes accordingly.

No longer available:

· Databases: Books & Authors, Lansing State Journal, Culture Grams, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Renaissance, eLibrary, eLibrary Elementary

· 3 LearningExpress Centers (Job & Career Accelerator, Computer Skills Center, Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success).


· Databases: Research in Context, Military & Intelligence, Britannica School, Britannica School – Learning Zone, Britannica School – Elementary, Britannica School – Middle, Britannica School – High

Staying (Core/LSTA Funded and State Funded for Early Literacy/Business):

· Databases: Academic OneFile with eCollections, Expanded Academic ASAP, Small Business Resource Center, InfoTrac Business Collection, LegalTrac, InfoTrac Newsstand, InfoTrac Junior Edition, InfoTrac Student Edition, New York Times, General OneFile with eCollections,, Computer Database, LegalTrac, General Reference Center GOLD, Gale Virtual Reference Library (50 Titles; stay tuned for more on content), Biography & Genealogy Master Index, Health and Wellness Resource Center/ Alternative Health Module, Informe! Académico, Health Reference Center Academic, Nursing Resource Center, Kids InfoBits, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online, LearningExpress Library, HeritageQuest Online, Scholastic BookFlix, WorldBook: Early World of Learning, WorldBook for Kids and WorldBook Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, EBSCO: eBook Collection, eBook K-8 Collection, and Novelist K-8+, Gale: Business Insights: Global, Legal Forms, Directory Library, Virtual Reference Library Business Collection, and Demographics Now, Civic Technologies: Business Decision

Deb Biggs Thomas, MA AMLS

Michigan eLibrary & Outreach Coordinator

Library of Michigan/Michigan Dept. of Education


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