Graphic Arts Campus Library

Newsletter October 2015

Welcome back!

Fall is an exciting time in the library as we welcome back returning students and introduce our new 9th grade students to the library through orientation. I look forward to collaborating with teachers to introduce information literacy and research skills into their lessons. Visit our library website:

to peruse the various resources or drop by to chat with me and see what's new for this school year.

Campus Book Club: Encourage your students to join!

Encourage your students to join our Campus Book Club, which meets once a month at the Columbus Branch (10th Ave. between 50 & 51st) of the New York Public Library. We will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Our first book will be All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely. See Ms. Randorf for more details.

MyLibraryNYC is back!

MyLibraryNYC is an initiative to connect New York City public library collections and participating NYC DOE schools. MyLibraryNYC will enable teachers and students to search for materials beyond their own school library, giving expanded access to books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, online databases and other digital materials. MyLibraryNYC educators can check out classroom sets which are delivered directly to your school. Best of all--no fines for students or teachers! See me if you need a card or have misplaced your card last year! No judgements!

Did you miss out on Doughnuts and Databases?

Donuts and Databases was an introduction for teachers to the library collection and resources. If you missed out on the session you can always stop by the library to talk to me about how you can incorporate information literacy skills into your lessons. You can also explore the databases and features that appeal to 21st century learners.

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TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS is a free online tool that provides a snapshot of your students' knowledge of basic information literacy skills. This online assessment offers multiple choice tests for grades 6, 9 and 12. If you are planning a research project for your class it is helpful to administer this web-based test to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the information seeking skills of your students. I have used this as a pre and post test and it has been useful for instructional planning as well as a tool to measure growth. See me for more information or assistance in administering the test.