Monday, November 25, 2013

The AirPrinter is Working!

The library’s new printer now has AirPrint capabilities that enable instant printing from school iPads!

This technology provides students and faculty a faster and more convenient method of printing. However, with this technology comes the possibility of misuse. Please carefully read over the AirPrinter policy the library will be implementing.

 AirPrinter Policy 2013-2014

1. All print jobs must be picked up by the sender. The library will not hand deliver any print jobs to teachers or students.

2. Please limit your print jobs to ones that contain less than 15 pages. If you need to make multiple copies of something, please use a copier instead of reprinting. Faculty should not use the AirPrinter to make classroom sets or any other large job, but should continue to use the faculty work room.

3. Students MUST be in the library when printing. Any print jobs that are printed outside the library will be charged $.05 per page. Faculty members are exempt from this and may print to the AirPrinter anywhere inside the building.

4. The Library printer is a Duplex printer, which means it is able to do two- sided printing. This will come up as the default setting turned on. Since this is a paper saving option, “two sided” printing should be preferred.

5. When printing pages from the web, students and faculty should be aware of the “Reader” function in the Safari browser. This allows you to bring up only the text in an article without all the additional material on the web page. This is a cleaner and also more efficient paper saving technique. The “Reader” function is found in the small set of lines at the top left in the address line (URL) of the web page.
These policies may be amended over time as the library sees fit. Please contact Ms. Bava with any questions!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Research Tips: Searching Tips

Now that we know why it is important to have good research skills, it's time to start searching for information. Today we'll talk about just some of the online resources you can use, but don't forget about print resources. We'll discuss those at a later time.

The most frequently used place students start researching is on a search engine. Have you ever used Google, Yahoo, or Bing? If so, you have used some of the most popular search engines. However, there are many tricks to using them that you might not be aware of.

Tips for getting the most out of search engines:

1. Use a variety of search engines. 
You may love using Google, but try using both Google and another website when researching a topic. You will get different results that way. One search engine that I like to use is DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not track your searches (like Google does), and has more instant answers and less spam/clutter. 

Here's an example: 

"Trans Fat" DuckDuckGo Search Results

"Trans Fat" Google Search Results

2. Use the Advanced Search option. 
Almost any search engine you use will have basic and advanced searching. You'll be able to narrow or broaden your results by choosing what words, language, domain name, or file format to search by. We'll talk more about "boolean searching" (using specific search operator) later. 

See the below pictures on how to access Google's Advanced Search. 

3. Try using keyword variations. 
If you aren't getting the results you want, try searching by a synonym. For example, when searching for "cafeteria" try also using "dinning hall" or "campus food service". 

4. Use quotation marks around keywords. 
You will receive search results with exact matches! For example, searching for "cafeteria" with quotation marks around it will give you only results that have the word cafeteria in it. This trick will also work with longer phrases such as "cafeterias in high schools". 

5. Vertically Searching 
Many search engines allow you to run specialized searches. This allows you to search within a specific field such as blogs, news, videos,  or pictures. This will help narrow your search to results you actually want. Usually these fields are located on a side bar or at the top of the search engine's main page. Try searching with Google or Yahoo for this option! 

These are just a few tips that will help you with your research! For more help searching Google, check out these tips!.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Library Service Hours

  Need to complete Service Hours?

Ms. Bava is looking for one student to assist in the

Who: One student, preferably a sophomore or junior. 

Location: Library

When: One hour after school (starting at 2:30pm) once or twice a week. The library is looking for a student who would commit to assisting in the library through the end of the school year (May 2014).

Duties: This student would help with routine tasks (shelving books) and larger library projects (inventory and shelf reading). The student must be reliable and able to work independently.

No library experience necessary!

Apply with Ms. Bava in the Library! Email her at with questions! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Printer

The library has a new printer! 

The library has purchased a new black and white printer for students use. With 33 ppm (pages per minutes), this printer is faster and more convenient! It will eventually have AirPrint, allowing you to print directly from your iPads.

It's now located in front of the circulation desk, so head over to the library to check it out!