HSS Library eBulletin

Information and Resources for the Staff of Hope Secondary

November 2012

Staff "Check it out and Win" winner for October is... Cindy Wheeler.

Cindy wins a copy of Any Known Blood, by Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes.

Book Recommendation

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (yep, she changed her name right before her "journey") is the biography of a woman who, after the death of her mother and the breakup of her marriage, (oh, and an addiction to heroin) decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mohave, California to Oregon. After having to skip a large part of the trail due to a higher than average snow fall that year, Cheryl ends up going all the way to the Oregon-Washington border. The book is well-written, very funny, and inspiring. Cheryl meets lots of interesting people, suffers from incredible physical toil on her body, and changes her life in the process. The Pacific Crest Trail sounds interesting, and our own Jason Fisher has even been on part of the trail during a trip to Palm Springs, CA.

Professional Development

Do you know about Twitter? I mean, do you REALLY know about Twitter? Developing a PLN (Personal Learning Network) through connections made on Twitter is invaluable.

Check out these great articles:

100 Ways to use Twitter in Education

Teen Takes Educators to Twitter School

Something else to think about - The Khanification of Education

New in the Library...

How the Universe Works
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, season 2

Perfect for debate:
  • Racial Profiling
  • The War in Afghanistan
  • Is Social Networking Beneficial to Society
  • Is Human Embryo Experimentation Ethical?
  • The Digital Divide
  • Hacking
  • Online Addiction
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cyberwarfare

Major Forms of World Government series:

  • Milestones in the Evolution of Government
  • Theocracy
  • Democracy
  • Dictatorship
  • Monarchy
  • Oligarchy
  • Fascism
  • Communism

Science Behind Sports:

  • Figure Skating
  • Track and Field

English/Social Studies/Planning: Vetrans' Week Resources

Canada Remembers Times is an online resource with articles, lessons, images, for you to use in your classes. It is made for high school students.

Social Justice/Planning

Powerful anti-discrimination video - "It's ok to be left handed"


The library has resources and handouts for APA and MLA. These resources are also available on the library web site - www.hopesecondarylibrary.com

Students can also cite directly from Google - Cite From Search Results

Tip of the Month

Clean up your email regularly. Create folders for emails you want to keep and discard those that you don't need. Don't forget to actually empty your "deleted" folder once in a while. It is also necessary to check your "sent" folder - do you need to "delete" some of those too?

You should be backing up your computer every couple of days. If you need a USB memory stick, I have some 8GB ones available in the library for $6. I use Timemachine to back-up to an external hard drive. It backs up every hour, then stores daily for the past week, weekly for the past month, monthly for the past year. I just leave it plugged in when my computer is on my desk.


The Hope Secondary Library is the Learning Commons for the students of Hope Secondary