CHS Library News

April 2016

Welcome to the CHS Library newsletter!

In this issue you'll find information on teaching resources from the Google Instructional Strategies Team, high quality online resources available only to CUSD, and upcoming and current displays in the Library.

Google Tools Instructional Strategies Team: Teaching Resources

We all know technology can be a distraction, but if used to our advantage, it can enhance our teaching. It can help streamline and speed up procedures like grading and creating worksheets, freeing us up to focus more attention on our students.

This is a follow up to the Google Tools Instructional Strategies presentation at the Wednesday morning staff meeting, during which we shared a couple of ways Google tools can serve you and your students. We mentioned embedding Google slide shows in Haiku and using the "site:" limiter when searching Google, but we didn't have time to share it all. For a more comprehensive look at what we learned this year, visit the Teaching Resources page on the CHS Library Haiku site.

On the Teaching Resources page on the CHS Library Haiku site, you'll find:

  • Instructions for embedding Google Slides presentations
  • Google search tips
  • Tips for getting the most out of the Chrome browser and Google Drive, including grading and rubric add-ons, online annotation extensions, and screenshot apps

All teachers have access to the CHS Library Haiku site (under the Extras tab), but if you're unable to get in, email or call Robin Lang (x2088). And if you have any questions about using one of these tools, Robin or anyone else on the Google Instruction Team would be happy to help.

Celebrate Reading in Honor of National Library Week, April 11th-15th

What are your three favorite books?

Next Week is National Library Week. Help celebrate by promoting reading among CHS students. To share your three favorite books, just fill out this short Google form:

Responses will be posted around the Library next to each book if the book is in the Library's collection. To see if the Library owns a book, search the catalog here: Books do not have to be in the collection to be included.

Simply complete the form by Friday, April 8th, 2016. (Don't forget to hit submit!)

Next week feel free to stop by the Library to see what everyone's reading. You might find your next favorite book!

P. S. All staff are welcome to borrow books from the Library :)

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Digital Resources for Student Reseach

CUSD provides all students, teachers and staff access to high quality academic databases through the Digital Content Portal. Content in DCP includes magazine and academic journal articles, newspaper articles, encyclopedia essays, videos, images, and lesson plans. Databases provided in DCP include:

  • EBSCO databases such as EBSCO Complete, History Reference Center, Science Reference Center, EL Learner Reference Center, and Point of View Reference Center
  • World Book Encyclopedia
  • California Streaming (search by grade level and standard)
  • EBSCO eBooks
  • Teaching

If your students are working on a research paper or project, the EBSCO databases offer higher quality sources and a more powerful search interface than an equivalent search in Google. Talk to Robin Lang about setting up a time for your class to visit the computer lab for an instruction session on using DCP and EBSCO databases.

Access the DCP through the Online Resources page of CHS Library Haiku site or at

username: islander

password: learn

Science Fiction Display

Have you seen the Science Fiction display in the hall in front of the Library? The vintage pulp sci-fi magazines on display are on loan from Mr. Stoever. If you would like to borrow a science fiction book from the Library, there are a dozen titles on the circulation desk to browse and more on the shelves.