The Library Toolkit1
Know your librarian: Carrollton students are guided by and are taught library skills by our librarians. At college, the librarian can play a key role in student success.
Read the map: Carrollton libraries are “big” – but not as big as the college library; Students become comfortable with the college library when they visit the public and nearby university libraries.
Learn the databases: Carrollton subscribes to more than 68 subject databases. Colleges have many more research databases, sometimes hundreds of subject databases, which provide a wealth of information for academic research. Searching databases is often daunting to college freshman. While at Carrollton, our students learn how to effectively access, search, and evaluate database resources.
Learn documentation styles: Students need to know how to construct citations for books, periodical articles, and database resources. Carrollton students learn how to create these citations. They learn the different documentation styles.
Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal systems: All college libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) classification system and most schools use the Dewey Decimal system. The Library of Congress system is used at Founders, the high school library. A major project over the summer of 2011, transformed the high school library collection from Dewey to LC. Students learn the distinction and how to recognize a call number and how to find a specific book or periodical on the shelf.
Learn how to search the online catalog: Students should be comfortable using the online library catalog to find the materials housed in the library. All Carrollton library materials are cataloged and are accessible in the online catalog for students to use.
Library services: Colleges provide interlibrary loan services. Carrollton librarians will find a book or article for a student if it is not available at the library.
All basic services available at the college library are available at Carrollton.
• Two professional, full-time librarians, one library clerk, and one archivist.
• On-site and remote access to 68 subject e-databases such as Carrollton's Online Library Catalog; BrainPOP; CIAO; EBSCO Research Databases; Encyclopedia Britannica; Granger’s World of Poetry; Lexis-Nexis Scholastic Edition; Oxford English Dictionary; Oxford Language Dictionaries Online; Alexander Street Press: Dance in Video, Latino Literature; ARTStor; JSTOR, Maps 101; Maps as History; Project Muse, Questia; Teaching Books; Gale Virtual Reference Library; Scientific American digital edition, and more than 50 reference guides in support of classroom teaching using the Springshare "libguides" software.
• 58,000 print books and thousands of e-books and audio books.
• Over 70 periodicals and magazines - many in both print and digital format and in several languages.
• Print and digital newspaper subscriptions include: the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald Miami, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books. Access also includes hundreds of historical newspapers searchable online through the ProQuest database.
Founders Library is located in the state of the art Cooke Building on the Barat Campus where the high school library is located. Students, faculty and staff are surrounded by a quiet room, reading alcoves, hand-stenciled ceilings and the latest technology.
The beautiful paneled Oak Room Library in El Jardin, is the library for the Intermediate students and is an elegant and warm place to enjoy reading books and magazines.
On the Duchesne Campus, the Taylor Hall Library, with its bay window overlooking the pool provides a cozy atmosphere for our Montessori and Primary students to read and study.
In the Taylor Hall living room, the Junior High Students enjoy the recently designed library and information center.
1 These tips were adapted from postings to the Information Literacy Instruction Discussion Listserv sponsored by the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries and were edited by Robbie Rand, Librarian