Tuesday, December 16, 2008

District IMC Staff Meeting - December 17, 2008

Welcome to today's meeting, facilitated by Joanne O'Keefe, Collins Middle School Library Media Specialist (joanneokeefe@salemk12.org). During our session today, we'll:

1. review the basic features of the Destiny System, including the catalog, circulation and reporting features;

2. have an opportunity to review the many terrific NMRLS and NOBLE full-text magazine and journal article collections, newspapers, encyclopedias, primary documents collections, and other research databases available to the Salem Public Schools research community;

NMRLS databases and collections include:
- eLibrary - eLibrary features information gathered from books, magazines and newspapers. Also included are photos, maps, and TV and radio transcripts
- Grolier Online - Grolier Online features two terrific resources:
* Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (designed for students in middle school and up, and including 36,000 entries); and
* New Book of Knowledge (intended for students in grade 3 and up, as well as for new English language learners, and including 9,000 articles)
- ¡Informe! - this collection offers users full text and images from popular Hispanic magazines, as well as full-text pamphlets about health care and many other topics
- Massachusetts Newsstand - this resource includes the full text of the Boston Globe (1980-present) and the Boston Herald (1991-present)
- InfoTrac Thomson Gale Group's InfoTrac database collection includes:
- Biography Resource Center - This resource features biographical information about people from throughout history, around the world, and all disciplines and subject areas
- Academic OneFile - Academic OneFile features peer-reviewed, full-text articles from more than 3,000 highly regarded journals and reference information sources. Subject coverage includes the arts, literature, medicine, the physical sciences, social sciences, technology, and more. (This is a great resource for teachers who are enrolled in graduate programs.)
- Junior Edition - This collection is designed for students in middle school, and includes more than 330 full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books with information about the arts, current events, government, health, history, people, popular culture, science, sports, and more
- Student Edition - This database, designed for high school students, includes more than 1,100 full-text periodical titles, as well as access to indexed newspapers, podcasts, and reference books
- Kids InfoBits - Kids InfoBits is designed for beginning researchers (students in kindergarten through grade 5) and features a user-friendly and developmentally appropriate visually graphic search interface. The collection includes curriculum-related and age appropriate full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines, about the arts, current events, geography, government, health, history, people, science, sports, and more

3. learn about Follett.com's Follett-Talk discussion group, and have an opportunity to subscribe to this free and helpful resource. Through Follett-Talk, described by Follett as a "customer helping customer forum", Follett product users may submit questions, comments, and suggestions to this online discussion group, and receive feedback from other Follett customers. Through Follett-Talk, we can take advantage of the expertise of other Destiny users, and, in in time, contribute helpful information to assist our library colleagues.

To subscribe to Follett-Talk:

* go to Follett-Talk

* complete and submit the online form (PLEASE NOTE: You will need to enter your Follett Customer Number.)

4. check out Goodreads.com and del.icio.us.com, and learn about the ways in which these nifty web-based resources can help you in your library; and

5. discuss any other issues of interest or concern.

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