News for April 4, 2016

Lab & Classroom Schedule

The LMC Reservations Calendar is best viewed in Google here, but a smaller version of the calendar may also be viewed in Edline here.

April 4-8 visitors include:
  • GACME Club
  • Current Events with Mrs. Schneider
  • Pins & Needles Club
  • Mrs. Springmire's Quilting Class
  • Health with Mrs. Schweitzer

    There are open days in the lab this week and next. If you'd like a reservation or if your plans have changed, please send an email A.S.A.P. Thank you.
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    Our new 2016-2017 Gale-Google database subscriptions have begun!

    I've added the Gale databases below to our research lineup; they are available now for use with your classes. This morning I will update the LMC Edline page and your current LibGuides.

    I have brief training sessions scheduled with the Social Science and Science Departments later this month. If you would like to learn how to use them with your classes, let's talk!

    Biography in Context
    Global Issues in Context
    Science in Context (includes Health, Math, & Technology)
    U.S. History In Context
    World History in Context

    Note: No-password access inside RTHS is coming. Until then, please use the password for Opposing Viewpoints from the back of your planner. Our Gale contract prevents me from posting the password on this public access posting.

    Spring Weeding is underway

    It's been too chilly to weed my garden, but the timing is perfect to purge the LMC collection of books in poor condition or no longer needed. This spring's focus is the Dewey 100s (self-help), 300s (social issues), 700s (visual arts), and 800s (literature).

    I've waited 10 years to cull the 800s to see how all of the changes to the English Dept. curriculum would affect circulation. For example, most of the drama collection is no longer needed, and most of the literary criticism that our students use is now found in our subscription databases. I've made note of those favorite, worn books that will be replaced, such as famous essays, poems by Frost and Sexton, and plays by Williams. There will be about 600 titles from the literature collection in the upcoming book sale.

    FYI--The photo above shows the steps required to remove an item from our collection. It's the the reverse of the process that happens when we open new shipments from our vendors. Sierra is the staff version of PrairieCat, the catalog for Reaching Across Illinois Library System. The image below is the current breakdown of RAILS members, many of whom participate in inter-library loan as we do.
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    Used book sale April 18-22

    Many thanks to Jodi Hill, Nicole Maxwell, Beth Mock, and Teresa Ricketts for their donations to our upcoming used book sale. Great titles that are going to sell!

    Do you have books you'd like to clear out? Please consider donating your unwanted books to the LMC for our upcoming used book sale. Back after a year off, the used book sale will fund new poetry books to replace the many weeded this spring. The poetry collection is used most often by English I, Poetry & Prose, and the Speech Team.

    Those books we don't sell will be offered to the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District, the Creston-Dement Public Library District, and the Cherry Valley Public Library District (where I am a trustee). Please, no textbooks.


    Weeding carts and poster: Ann Marie Jinkins
    Science in Context Logo; Gale Cengage Learning
    RAILS member chart: https://www.railslibraries.info/members