The Mission of the Middle School Library is to provide activities and resources that will assist students and staff in becoming effective and discriminating users of information, develop a pattern of lifelong learning, and foster a love of reading. This mission is accomplished:
- By providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
- By providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
- By working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students
Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (1988), p. 1
Please ask Mrs. Groff for help if you have any questions!
“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” Linton Weeks
Cite Your Sources
Use NoodleTools to create bibliographies, electronic notecards, google docs, and outlines that can be shared with your teacher. Ask Mrs. Groff if you need help with the program. 5th students should use MLA Starter, and grades 6, 7 & 8 should use MLA Junior
Borrow eBooks from our digital library on Overdrive!
1. Go to our Overdrive site: http://agnesirwin.lib.
2. Your username is your @agnesirwin.org email address
3. Click on a book you'd like to read! You can download it immediately to your Kindle or another e-reader, or use the Overdrive app to read it on your phone or computer
See Mrs. Groff if you have any questions or if you would like a book that is not currently in our Overdrive library!
Internet in Real Time - Infographic
Current Events Links
Digital Literacy - tools for learning web skills
Evaluation of Internet Information
Always question the Who, the When, the What, the Where, and...the WHY
Who - the author. the individual or the group who posted. do they have credentials, do they know what they're talking about. can you find out anything about the author, do they provide an email link
When - the date of creation, last update
What - the content. are you seeing information you have seen elsewhere or is the site presenting something totally new that you haven't seen previously in the reputable sources you've already used
Where - the source of the website. is content provided by a university, a government agency, a commercial business, an individual. remember, a tilde ~ means an individual's page
WHY - the most important question. reasons to post content: to inform, to sell, to persuade, to entertain. is there an obvious point of view, of bias
"Without a dedicated guide, [students] end up as feral children of the Internet raised by the Web 2.0 wolves" Henry Jenkins
What I'm reading now:
I enjoyed re-reading the Harry Potter series this summer - can't believe the first book was published 20 years ago! and I'm excited about the visit of Dr. Kathy Reichs since I've read her Virals series
What I'm reading now:
Inventology: How We Dream Things Up That Change the World by Pagan Kennedy