Graphic Arts Campus Library

May 2016

Library Planning Survey

Please take the time to complete the short library planning survey to help me better serve you and your students in the coming year. Feeling lucky? Completed surveys will be entered in a raffle for a $20.00 Amazon Gift card!

Smackdown! M.L.A. 7 vs. M.L.A. 8

A major change has occurred in the in the world of citation! The Modern Language Association (MLA) 8th edition was released in April, and the difference is the use of one standard citation format that applies to every source type. In previous editions, students were required to find the format of the source they used. For example, if a magazine was used, they needed to locate the specific citation format for periodicals. Now there is one standard, universal format for all source types. They have added the concept of a "container" where the researcher includes the source where the item is contained. For example, if you include a television show watched on Netflix, then Netflix is the "container." Our campus site will support MLA 7 until next fall.

Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Drawing from online materials at libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide.

Campus Book Club: next meeting May 17th

All are welcome to join the Campus Book Club, which meets once at month at the Columbus Branch of the New York Public Library. There we join our branch librarian Amber Certain to discuss our latest book.

Our next book is The Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. We will meet Tuesday, May 17th at 3:30 in our school library then walk over to the branch together. See Ms. Randorf in the library for a copy of the book!

Open eBooks for the Graphic Arts Campus Schools

Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for our school community. Students can access these eBooks using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps. See Ms. Randorf for your unique access code and PIN.