Library News 9 February 2018

Secondary News: First term is in ‘full flight’ and students are steadily working on assignments and discovering a favourite author or genre from our growing collection. The library provides a range of resources and activities to support student learning and reading for pleasure. Research assistance is available at the library and students are welcome to borrow from our print and eBook collections available online 24/7.

Wheeler’s eBooks

A large range of eBooks are available for Year 7 – 12 students to borrow from our Wheeler’s ePlatform and this year over 200 audiobooks have been favourite authoradded to our digital collection.  Audiobooks and eBooks are accessed via our Library Website – GCC Hub (http://gcchub.weebly.com/) or at https://glasshouse.wheelers.co/

These digital loans can be borrowed 24/7 and read on any device. Students need to use their school login when downloading/borrowing the ebooks. New titles are added each term – take a look and borrow one today!

Homework Club

Homework Club is held every Thursday afternoon in the library for Year 7-12 students and is a great opportunity for students to seek 1-1 support from teachers and library staff. Secondary teachers are available to help students with queries about homework and the Library team are on hand to assist with research inquiries for assignment tasks. Research sessions are held across the year at some of the Homework Club sessions and can be booked by emailing Mrs Morris.

Library Databases

We subscribe to the following databases that can be accessed at home and school via the GCC Hub under the iResearch tab:

icite/SLASLA online reference generator (Year 4-12) caters for Primary, Middle and Secondary school referencing and is based on the Harvard Author-Date System (abridged). Students simply add the details of a resource into the generator, press create citation, and a reference is generated that they can add to their reference list. More details on referencing can be found at the icite website.

EBSCOhost (Year 7-12) is the world’s most comprehensive database for multidisciplinary research. It provides a collection of full-text articles from leading regional and international periodicals, full-text reference books, tens of thousands of full-text biographies and more than one million photos, maps and flags. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources.

EBSCOhost History Reference Center (Year 9-12) contains thousands of reliable history resources, including primary source documents, biographies, photos, maps and more to help students complete their research. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources.

EBSCOhost Science Reference Center (Year 9-12) is a research database with reliable information on thousands of science topics. View science videos, animations, access experiments and find thousands of science images, charts and graphs. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources.

Explora (Year 6+) provides a safe, trustworthy environment for younger students to look up articles and facts for research, class projects or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Secondary Book Club

Book Club will be held this year during Thursday lunch break for secondary students keen to share about their latest great read. A number of different activities are planned for the year including reviewing some of the new books, helping recommend books to other students, create new displays or participate in relaxed book chats. Further information will be shared in student notices.

Text Books

Print and digital textbooks have been issued for the year, with many subjects across Year 7-10 using eBooks via their laptops. Students are reminded to take care of all textbooks and to regularly check they are using the copy they borrowed. All books remain the responsibility of the student who borrowed them and need to be cared for respectfully and kept in good condition.  A replacement cost will be required for unreturned books or books damaged beyond repair. Students are encouraged to see the Library staff if they have a damaged or misplaced/lost textbook.

Students can email or make a time to see Mrs Morris with questions about eBook/Audiobook borrowing or assistance with their research and inquiry tasks.

See you in the library.

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris