Today’s Library

by – Francine Eppelsheimer – Middle School Librarian

Francine

In Tom’s latest blog he wrote about 24/7 connectivity and how this has changed library services. Our USM libraries use technology to accomplish what we, as librarians, do best: connect our students with the resources and ideas that they will need to be successful in school and in their life after their formal education. The latest and best library development is that our hours aren’t restricted to the school day.

The library webpage offers a variety of on-line materials accessible 24/7.  The list includes reference books, on-line databases (reference databases and article databases), and an option to check out e-books. Students are able to access current newspaper and magazine articles through ProQuest. At the same time, students are able to retrieve articles through Historical Newspapers, which includes pre-revolutionary war newspaper articles up through today’s latest news.  A few days ago I reminded the 5th graders that they have the ability to checkout books from the USM library during winter break even if they are in a remote part of the world.

This is an exciting time for libraries.  Our role, as librarians, has not changed it just has an added dimension.  With the wealth of on-line information, we need to make sure our students have the skills to evaluate the information that they find on the Internet.

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