Media Center Resources

Mission

The mission of the school library is to build a community of independent life-long readers and learners by fostering the spirit of curiosity and choice, by teaching the skills to think critically and creatively, and by providing access to a well-managed, high-quality, diverse collection of resources that meet academic and personal needs.

 

Collection Development
 

Purchases for school library materials are based upon:

  • Support for curriculum 
  • Student/staff requests - professional reviews are checked for appropriateness of the materials for the grade level
  • Weeding items that are deemed outdated or not used by patrons to make space for new items
  • Reviews from professional organizations are used to sort for age/grade level recommendations and summaries/topics that the material covers

 

Parent Engagement
 
  • Parents interested in volunteering can contact the building Library Media Specialist for more information. 
  • Parents interested in being more involved in their child’s library reading choices can: 
    • Arrange a meeting with the school media specialist to learn more and discuss individual questions about the school library 
    • Sign up for an automatic weekly Destiny email showing what their individual child currently has checked out.
    • Access the child's Destiny account to see what book(s) the student has checked out.
    • If desired, work with a Media Specialist to set “limits” on a child's account for checking out books. Examples include:
      • Note on Destiny that prevents student from checking out specific titles and/or clearly discernible types of books (ie. graphic novels, fantasy….)
      • Checkout allowed only with parental permission
      • Use of library not permitted (student bring free reading material from home or other source provided by parent)

 

Book Reconsideration Policy

  • Parents who are concerned about the appropriateness of a title can contact the building principal, school librarian, or Instructional Services to receive the proper paperwork.
  • PDF DocumentBoard Policy regarding materials complaint 

Online Databases and Resources        

Online Encyclopedias

External LinkGrolier Online
External LinkGrolier Online for Elementary

External LinkProQuest Databases
External LinkCulturegrams
External LinkOpposing Viewpoints in Context
External LinkBiography in Context
External LinkUXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology


External LinkGale Databases

  • Global Issues in Context
  • LitFinder for Schools
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

External LinkInfotrac - Secondary students
External LinkInfotrac - Middle and Elementary students


External LinkJSTOR
External LinkChronicle Career Library - User name and password available at your media center
External LinkDr. Kit - career planning


External LinkMichigan e-Library (MEL)< >
External LinkWilson Select Plus - Magazine index - requires MI ID card or driver's license # for home access
External LinkMEL Databases by Subject - requires MI ID card or driver's license # for home access
External Linknet Library

External Link Kids Infobits - requires MI ID card or driver's license # for home access


External LinkEnchanted Learning - User name and password available at your media center

External LinkFacts for Me - User name and password available at your media center


Bibliography Resources

External LinkEasybib.com
External LinkKnightCite Citation Service from Calvin College



External LinkACT Online Prep


External LinkLiving Green and Early Peoples - User name and password available at your media center


External LinkMEDIANET - REMC7 Ordering - order REMC videos and streaming videos here - check with your media center for your user name and password
External LinkERIC
External LinkAwesome Library
External LinkMichigan Virtual University
External LinkOAISD
External LinkBig6