Friday Focus

Friday, February 12, 2016 . . . vol. 3, no. 22

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes for members of the Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:00 PM-2:30 PM, Library Services Center

Let's get together and see how far we can push forward at our spring Shared System meeting. (Please remember these meetings are required in your Agreement with the Public Library - use that as leverage with your administrator if you need to.)

Bring stories, questions, ideas, comments. We'll have some updates for you on new resources and will seek your ideas on a way to handle some issues we've identified with old statuses.

Please bring a brown bag lunch, too. I'll supply cookies!

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Last Call for Input

Heard from just one teacher. You all need to practice your nagging skills. (Smiley face.)

Please remember to fill out the form I emailed you asking for your input on the Britannica encyclopedia. It's being considered for addition to the online databases. If you love it, we want to know. If you hate it, we want to know. Please forward the form link to any teachers who would like to have a say. If you can't find the login information I emailed you, please let me know! The Encyclopedia has different levels for elementary, middle and high school students and lots of interesting features.
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Three new eResources have been added to the webpage: The African American Experience, The Latino American Experience and The American Indian Experience.

These award-winning databases are built from thousands of primary and secondary sources, including essays, court cases and interviews. For the first time, IndyPL has a set of eResources so patrons can research these cultures and topics all in one place. These databases include discussion questions as well.

The African American Experience database in particular was reviewed by the African American History Committee and by Ms. Patricia Payne, a member of our Library Board and Director of the IPS Office of Multicultural Education. We know from their review and from the trial, that some people will find some of the content controversial. In actuality, this resource is designed specifically to cover the various points of view of controversial issues and it was specifically chosen by us because it represents different points of view on controversial subjects, because opposing viewpoint tools are an important educational tool. This resource not only meets the IndyPL selection policy on “presentation of unique or controversial points of view” (602.6), it also supports the library’s strategic plan strategy to “build a comprehensive collection."

These resources are rich with information, and once you identify a subject of interest, remember that the first article you see is just an overview or summary. Always remember to click on the menu options on the left side of the page to discover the full extent of the collection for each subject.

Our hope is that these databases will help you with your patrons’ questions and fill a subject gap in our iLibrary collection.

Be sure to let your school and museum staff know (Dana at EIT, this especially means you!). There will be lots of tie-ins to curriculum and programs.

A special prize will go to whoever can identify the photo at right. The full citation for it will be in the next Friday Focus!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published this summer. (Click on the title to read the NPR story. I’ve already put copies for the library in the cart and will let you know as soon as the ordered copies land in the catalog so you can start requesting them. (Just to be clear…this book is a script of the play that will open in July.)

[Editor's note: I can't wait! So many memories! Will save for another Friday Focus.]

Wednesday, March 2, is National Read Across America Day! This day honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

This year, I have three Read Across American kits to give away to Shared System members! These are available to the first three locations that I hear from (click on this link to send me an email)! The kits include an audiobook, bookmarks, a poster, and some fun ideas to incorporate Dr. Seuss books into your day.

Check out the Read Across America page and the National Education Association’s page for more information, booklists, and activity suggestions!


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