Sunday, April 24, 2011

Spine Poems!

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate poetry in the library we've pulled a cart of books and left them out for you to create poems with the spine titles. Check out the clever poems that have been created so far!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bibliographies!! (try to contain your excitement)

The research season is winding down, your project is nearing completion, and now you need to put your bibliography together. Never fear! The Goldenview Library's website has help for you (naturally)! All of the bibliography tools can be found on the BIBLIOGRAPHY link at the top of this page.  On that page you'll find links to:
And of course you can always come by the library and get some help from us!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Library snapshot Day: April 14, 2011

April 14th was Library Snapshot Day.  Here are some interesting statistics from that day:
  • 13 classes visited the library
  • 474 students visited the library: 285 with their class, 129 at lunch, and 60 on their own
  • 18 teachers came to the library
  • Goldenview has 786 students and 85 staff members total
  • 181 library related questions were asked and answered
  • 62 books were checked out
  • 68 books were checked in
  • The most popular reasons given for coming to the library were to meet with friends, check books in and out, and use the computers.
  • See all the wonderful comments about the library here!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Two Exciting New Arrivals

Today the library got $1800 worth of new books.  If you want to see what they are come by and check out the cart behind the circulation desk.  If you find something you like, we'll check it out to you first!

Today we also got the winning bookmarks from the district bookmark contest.  There are some fantastic designs, and this year they were printed on glossy paper.  Come take a bookmark, we think you'll like the new design!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Your Librarians Are Gaga for You!

As seen at the Talent Show, now coming to you on the silver screen!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Website Evaluation

Imagine, if you will... the library is closed, you forgot your database passwords, and you have an assignment due tomorrow.  So you hop on Google to find information, and get 300 million hits.  How do you know which one of these millions of sites is good?  Try some of these tips:
  • Does it end in .gov, .edu, .mil? These are high quality sites.
  • Does it end in .org or .net? These are usually reliable, but double check!
  • Does it end in .com These are commercial businesses, so use caution! Ultimately they’re probably trying to sell you something.
  • Is there a person’s name in the URL after a tilde (~)? For example: The tilde means it is a personal webpage. It could be factual; then again, it might just be an opinion. No one is double checking this page for accuracy, bias or content.
  • Is it hosted by a free web hosting site like Weebly, Wix, Yola, or Webnode? Or is it on a blog like Blogspot or Wordpress? Is it a wiki? Once again, these are usually personal pages.
  • Is it current? Check the date, often found at the bottom of the page. If it’s more than a year or so old, chances are no one is keeping it up to date. Remember, a lot of information ages quickly! Why take chances?
  • Is the site free of errors? If you notice more than one grammatical or spelling error, then can you trust that there are no factual errors?
  • Are there lots of ads? They’re distracting. Also, again they’re trying to sell you something; information is secondary.
  • Finally, read the webpage! Does it seem to be opinionated or satirical? Does something seem not quite right? Use your judgment! If it doesn’t feel right, choose another site!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Stools Have Been Sanded!

Thanks to some of Mr. Nelson's students, the tops of all the stools in the library have been sanded down.  Yesterday the boys took their part of the project down to Ms. Brady's class, and now her students will do their magic!  Stay tuned to see the final transformation of the stools!!