Scientia Est Potentia

Spring 2019

The Winds of Change Continue @ Your HHS Library

This year the library has continued the transition of its physical space from a room to store books into a center of learning that fosters student collaboration, exploration and the general pursuit of knowledge.

Our seminar room allows students to work collaboratively on the same document simultaneously. It's also a space for small group presentations, seminar learning, planning for projects, and serves as the home base for Highland's own Student Tech Team.

A new multi-purpose casual seating area is a great place to read quietly, but the large table and iPad tablets connected to the chairs and sofa allow students to collaborate in a relaxed and casual environment that encourages brainstorming ideas and sharing knowledge.

The clover-leaf tables allow students to work closely together on a project with space on the side for individual iPads, calculators, and other tools necessary for the project.

The Class of 2018 donated the money to purchase the furniture for the casual seating area and the clover-leaf tables. Thank you Class of 2018 for your generous donation! Mrs. Richardson is the 2018 Class Sponsor.

Student iPads have been used by students in the recording studio this year to produce podcasts, movies, conduct recorded interviews, and is open for all students who want to add creativity when sharing their new knowledge gained from research and collaborative projects.

STEM exploration is also part of the library experience. The new Exploration Station allows students to explore electronics, robotics and design techniques with our new 3D printer.

While the library is adding many new ways for students to learn and share knowledge, the primary mission of the library, providing information to those who need it, remains unchanged.

Department Pages & Learning Guides

This year there are two new features on the HHS web site that will be helpful to both students and staff.

Department Resource Pages

With so many resources available to our school community, the task of deciding which resources are the best or most relevant can be daunting. The HHS Librarian has designed a resource page for each academic department at HHS. Subscription databases, select web content, reference eBooks and databases, magazines, curated lists of available books and eBooks, Open Education Resources (OERs), and other resources have been matched to each department's curriculum. Department Resource Pages are designed to be a general resource for staff and students that can be used as a starting point for teacher planning and student research. Follow the link below to the Staff Directory page and choose the Department Page that you'd like to view.

Learning Guides

While working on complex topics, or subjects where there is too much or too little information available, researchers often require a helping hand. The Library's new Learning Guides can help provide researchers with direction and focus when tackling a major assignment or studying an area of personal interest. Learning Guides are created for a specific assignment in collaboration with a classroom teacher, or for a specific subject area of interest to students. The purpose is to delve more deeply into resources on a topic and provide a tighter focus than is provided by the Department Pages. Library Guides can provide links to specific chapters within books, specific journal articles, and curated web resources. Embedded AV and multi-media resources can enhance understanding by conveying knowledge in a differentiated manner of instruction, thus allowing student researchers to choose what source of information works best for them. Learning Guides make up a new but growing resource provided by the HHS Library. To view the available Learning Guides follow the link below:

New Single Sign-On Service

This year the library implemented a new single sign-on service via EZproxy. Students and staff no longer need to keep track of different URLs and multiple login credentials for each resource. Now, when accessing resources from the Library's website (including Department Pages and Library Guides), students and staff only need to remember their student or staff number to access all of our resources from anywhere in the world at any time of day. This includes access to Inspire (from the HHS Library site). The idea is to make our subscription resources as easy to use as Google, or as close as possible, in order to facilitate student use of more reliable and authoritative sources of information.

Summer Reading 2019 - A Universe of Stories

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Space: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

Get ready for Summer Reading by watching the tutorials for accessing our EBSCO Audiobook and eBook collections. Students and staff have 24/7 access over the summer to the HHS Library’s Audiobook and e-Book collections by searching Atriuum, our online catalog, at:

Don't forget our eMagazines at Flipster!

Ms. Mercier from the Highland Branch of the public library was in the commons during all 3 lunch periods on Monday, April 8, to promote the public library's summer reading program. The theme this year is "A Universe of Stories." Handouts are available at the circulation desk in the high school library. Visit the Highland branch library online at:

For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, try one of IUN’s summer reading programs, which are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Programs have been offered as a community service by Indiana University Northwest, Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, since 1996. Programs are available in Highland and Portage. For more information, or to enroll by phone, please call: 1 (800) 964-8888. Visit IUN’s summer reading web site at: