Welcome to the Dorman High School Media Center Blog. The information provided on this blog is intended for Dorman High School students. We hope the information is helpful and relevant. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BYOD: What's your favorite app?

As most of our students know, this year our district went with a BYOD policy. BYOD, in case you're not sure, stands for "bring your own device." In the media center, we are trying to share APPS and websites that help students and teachers integrate more technology into the curriculum despite platform or device. Here is one of our first library displays.


Here are the apps posted on this display:
  • Kindle Reader
  • Dropbox
  • Fandango
  • Destiny Quest
  • Evernote
  • Candy Crush
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • EasyBib
  • I-Nigma
  • Evernote



Now of course not all of these are "educational." But the response to this is very positive, and we even have students coming forward and suggesting more to add.  I made sure I put screenshots of the apps so visitors (students, teachers, parents, etc) could really grasp how the app can enhance a smart device experience. As you can tell from my snapshot today during lunch, students are stopping and taking a look. I've even had a teacher ask me about the EasyBib app after one of her students showed her how it works, scanning a book in the class to get a citation.  


So what apps would you recommend for your fellow students?

Welcome newbies!!

We are in the midst of introducing our library to our tenth graders, as this is their first year here.  But we may miss a few upperclassmen who are new as well. So here is our slide-set we use in our orientation.



here is a basic script that goes with each slide:

  1. Welcome
  2. We open daily at 7:30AM. We close Mon-Thur at 4:15PM; we close Friday at dismissal.  We are open and available throughout the school day everyday.
  3. We have 24,000+ books in our library.  Students can check out up to five books at a time, and they may keep them for three weeks.  Students can place holds on books unavailable due to checkout.
  4. We have 24,000+ books in our library.  Students can check out up to five books at a time, and they may keep them for three weeks.  Students can place holds on books unavailable due to checkout.
  5. You MAY use your electronic device in the library.
    You MAY NOT take pictures or videos with your device or talk on your phone in the library.
    Keep in mind: When using ear buds/headphones, YOU should be THE ONLY PERSON who can hear what you are listening to.
    When charging your device, you may only use the outlets with the “Ok to Charge Here” sign above them. You MAY NOT USE the outlets around the book shelves.
    **Charge your device at your own risk.
    **We reserve the right to ask you to unplug your device.
  6. We promote reading through many activities, celebrations, and contests.  Often students that have participated are invited to “extras” and get free books (and food too!!)  Listen to announcements, read our blog, or pay attention to signs in the library and around our school to get on some of these awesome opportunities.
  7. We sponsor a few different book clubs. One is known sometimes as “Read & Feed” and at other times as “BYOB”, which means “Bring Your Own Book”.  These two clubs are just simply book sharing lunches.  The library will provide those who sign up a catered lunch.  We always meet in the food lab on the B back hall during lunch.
  8. We also sponsor a Virtual Book Club where we videoconference with around six high school groups around a single topic.Tilt is one we did last year.  Student in the Video conference choose the titles.
  9. This year we are going to have three book clubs using these titles. All we'll meet at lunch, and again, we’ll provide a catered lunch to those who sign up.
  10. Keep in mind that while there is plenty of exciting things going on in the library, we also want to be sure we still have a quiet environment in our library. Respect that some choose the library to read, study, work in small groups, research, and more, and most of these activities require students to be quiet. Many times there will be two or three classes in the library at the same time, as well as individuals visiting. We can work together so each group and individual has a successful library experience.
  11. Along with the previously mentioned activities, students may choose to read newspapers or magazines, play chess or checkers, or even strike up a game of scrabble. All games are on a table near the circulation desk.  Feel free to select a game; please return the game boxed or bagged back to the table upon completion or leaving.
  12. While the library does not require a pass before or after school, students visiting during the school day must present a pass. All students visiting from a classroom must present their pass and sign in. Visitors from lunch just simply place the lunch pass in the basket at the desk.
  13. In an attempt to keep the library environment clean and inviting, we do not allow drinks or food. Students who have these items must store them properly in a bookbag. Items that cannot be stowed properly can be left at the desk for safe keeping.
  14. The library tables are designed to seat four. We respectfully request that students not pull chairs from other tables to accommodate a larger group.  Our tables are close enough in proximity to allow students to still have conversations while sitting at nearby tables.  Our chairs and loungers are designed for one person. Please refrain from sitting on the arm rests as a way to share these chairs.  Again, on person to a seat.
  15. Many students use ear buds to listen to music via a personal device.  We kindly ask that music be low enough so as to not disturb or distract while in use.
  16. Destiny Quest will allow students to login and search, reserve, review, or find similar titles on the computer.  This is a great program that also allows friends” to share good books!
  17. Destiny Quest is now available as an app on smart devices.
  18. Now access Destiny Quest from a device that fits in your pocket..
  19. Easily search for titles and see a cover.  Click on the title to place a hold, review, or recommend.
  20. Enjoy creating lists of books you have read, reviewing titles with stars and/or text, and find titles similar to the ones you are looking at, all from your phone or other device.
  21. Teen Book Finder is another app that can help teens find good books.
  22. Check out the current day’s “Hot Picks” and more.
  23. Search in a variety of ways.
  24. Read about the title recommendations; share this title using social networking tools.
  25. We hope your visit to the library will be productive and frequent!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

JOHN GREEN: An Open Letter to Students Returning to School



Enjoy everyone!! John Green is one of our favorite YA authors at Dorman. Just so you know, here is a list of our John Green books.

An Abundance of Katherines - 2 copies
The Fault in our Stars - 4 copies AND a Playaway (mp3) copy
Paper Towns - 2 copies
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - 2 copies
Let it Snow - 1 copy (John Green, contributor)
Looking for Alaska - 2 copies

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Time to Vote for YALSA's Teen Top Ten

Remember last spring when we featured the 2013 YALSA Teen Top Ten Nominees with our summer reading kick-off contest?  These 28 titles are now being voted upon as YALSA works to whittle the nominees down to the true top ten.  Why not get in on the voting? Checkout the titles while you are at it!!  See their Tumblr site featuring the titles too. Dorman has many of these titles right here in our library.  This is a screen shot of the ballot--visit this link and VOTE!!


Directions from the YALSA site say:
Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting will be open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 13-19 of this year (2013)! The winners will be announced on October 22, 2013, so be sure to check back for the list of winners!

Vote for up to 3 Books

We can't wait to see which books make the cut to TEN!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I'm so 'appy! YALSA's newly updated APP

Here’s a “gotta have” app for teens, teens’ librarians, and anyone hot and bothered by YA Lit. Perks?

  • Teens, and other YA lit fans can now access three years of suggestions on their mobiles. An android app is planned for 2014. 
  • Books may be searched by author, title, award, genre, or booklist. 
  • A Find It! button, connected to the OCLC’s WorldCat Search, displays available local holdings and formats. 
  • Each day Three Hot Picks appear. 
  • A favorite button allows users to create individualized reading lists. 
  • Books may be shared socially on Twitter and Facebook.

The app is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The app was developed by Ora Interactive.
Have a question or comment about the app or want to report a bug? Contactyalsa@ala.org.

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Use this QR Code to get the app today!