Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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WELCOME TO THE Ambridge High School
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER!

The LMC belongs to the entire school community, so let’s all do our part to keep it a friendly and educational environment.

PLEASE…

o    Feel free to come to the LMC during your Study Hall or with a pass from your teacher, but remember to arrive before the late bell and plan to stay for the entire period.  

o    NO Food or Drinks in the LMC.

o    Make sure you SIGN INand SIGN OUTat all times and ask for permission to leavethe LMC.

o    Come prepared with work to do or something, to research, or read.  Have an Assignment!

o    Respect each otherand avoid distracting or disrupting your fellow users or the LMC staff.  As instructed work quietly or silently!

o    If you need to leave the LMC, you must obtain permission and a pass.  Avoid crowding and blocking the entrance at the end of the period.

o    Actively use the laptop computers for educational purposes, and please return and plug them into their correct numbered places.

o    Use your available resources!  We have databases, and print collections to help you.

o    Electronic devices (cell phones) should NOT be heard.

o    Please clean up after yourself, return chairs and furniture to their proper placesand put any trash in the wastebaskets.

REMEMBER…

The Library Media Specialist is here to help you!  Feel free to ask Mr. Mellfor help, assistance, or advice on your work, research, or reading. 

Thank you for your cooperation and respect.

Sincerely,

Ambridge High School LMC Staff

The goal of the Library Media Center at Ambridge High School is to empower students to become effective users of ideas and information in all formats in a constantly changing learning environment.  The Library Media Center increases the access to local and global information sources and the use of technologies as effective learning/teaching tools. The Library Media Center is committed to supporting the development of student literacy by connecting students with outstanding literature and positive reading skills. The overall goal is to support the creation of students who are lifelong readers and learners.

At the high school level, the Library Media Specialist provides access to and instruction in the use of a variety of information sources, as information literacy and technology objectives are incorporated with curricular objectives from various disciplines. The Library Media Center focuses on the following skills: location, evaluation, access of materials, information/technological literacy, literature appreciation/understanding, and responsible digital citizenship in the use of information.  A progressive problem-solving research approach is emphasized as students gather, interpret, and organize information for curricular projects. Additionally standardized systems for citing sources are also taught. The teaching of these information and technology objectives is the joint responsibility of the Library Media Specialist and the subject area teachers, who plan together to develop and deliver lessons.

Students will have frequent opportunities, with study hall and research passes, to use the Library Media Center to pursue individual academic needs and personal interests. As students participate in these learning actions, they discover the wide applicability of information literacy and technology skills to all areas of study, and develop the independent skills necessary to function successfully in today’s information-rich world.

Students will receive instruction from the Library Media Specialist in core curricular, special subject areas, and independently. Time is provided to independently select books and media of interest.

Literacy: Develop life-long reading skills with a special emphasis on utilizing resources for personal enjoyment, to meet information needs, identify the components of world literature and its impact on cross-cultural learning, employ and evaluate strategies for self-guided academic and leisure reading, and develop an appreciation for the variety of literary works and their impact on post-secondary undertakings and goals.

Research: Learn the components and functions of an academically oriented Library Media Center. Utilize a standardized research process to independently select and evaluate information sources and practice ethical behaviors. Formulate and summarize relevant information for research by retrieving local and global resources.  Identify methods of information organization in both print and non-print media. Ethically evaluate research sources, delineate between unsubstantiated and biased information. Develop a self-sufficiency in monitoring ethical use and a mastery in synthesizing of information in final, published documents.  Explore the purpose and function of an annotated bibliography. Appreciate various bibliographic styles and recognize their function in subject-specific research. Analyze strategies, findings, and data connected with the research process. Enrich knowledge of information organization in multiple levels of academic sources.  Continuously implement complex search strategies in locating information.

Technology: Curate a knowledge of website navigation, research databases, and other age appropriate technology. Independently implement cloud computing and collaborative platforms for learning.  Recognize the relevance and efficiency of specific computer software.

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Book Suggestions: Want to see a book in our Library Media Center that we do not currently have? We would love to hear from you. Use the link to suggest new resources.

Useful Links

          Below are useful links to external resources.

Beaver County Library System

Laughlin Memorial Library

Discovery Streaming

Civil Rights Digital Library

American History through Stories of Diversity

NASA Public Database

Newspapers

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Tribune Review

Beaver County Times

The New York Times

USA Today

The Wall Street Journal

Teen Magazines

ARTIST direct NETWORK

Billboard.com
Cycle World
Dirt Bike
Emagazine - The Environmental Magazine

Fourwheeler Network - Off Road Magazine

Internet Movie Database
ESPN
Fitness
Guitar World
NBA Inside Stuff
Newsweek
People
Road and Track

Runner’s World
Scuba Diving
Sporting News
Teen Central
Teen Magazine

Teen Vogue
Tennis
Time
Voices of Youth

Wrestling USA

Teen Websites

dMarie Time Capsule—http://dmarie.com/timecap/

Create your own online time capsule. Enter a date, pick from the top headlines and famous people born, top hits, top TV shows, hot new toys released, and top books released. When you are finished, print out the page. It includes extra info like who was president and the prices for bread, gas, stamps, and the minimum wage.

Guinness Book of World Records—http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/

Web version of the popular record book. Includes a place to submit your own records and record attempts.

The Merchants of Cool—http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/

The website of the Frontline program on the relationship between marketing professionals -- the creators and sellers of popular culture -- and the teenage market, the hottest demographic in America. The program poses the question of which comes first - the attitude or the desire for the attitude? Teens drive the economy, but are teens really driving their own interests?

Snopes.com—http://www.snopes.com/

The site that examines not only the truth or reality behind urban legends, "but also common fallacies, misinformation, old wives' tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items."

Youth At Work:Real World Real Rights—http://www.youth.eeoc.gov/cases.html

Read about recent court cases involving teen workers and their rights (sexual harassment, discrimination, etc.). From the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Great Reads
Looking for some great reads? Try some of these websites for new books, new ideas, and different genres.

Carnegie Library - Teen
Flamingnet - Student Book Reviews
No Flying No Tights for Teens
Reading Rants
Teen Ink Magazine
teenreads.com
Teens @ Random
What Should I Read Next?

Citation/Bibliographic Resources

1.        BibMe- The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills.    

2.     Citation Machine- an interactive Web tool designed to assist teachers in modeling the proper use of information property. (Students are also welcome to use this!)   

3.     Citation Formats- MLA, APA, ASA

4.     Citing Sources- Guide to Library Research- Documentation Guidelines: Citing Sources Within Your Paper

5.     EasyBib - free automatic bibliography composer 

6.     Mixed Up Citations APA- Drag and drop the elements into the correct order to properly write the citation. (This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.)

7.    Citation Game Home Page- MLA - Drag and drop the elements into the correct order to properly write the citation. (This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.)

8.     OttoBib - put in the ISBN of your book and it will create your bib information!

9.     Using American Psychological Association (APA) Formatfrom the Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) at Purdue.

10.   Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Formatfrom the Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) at Purdue. (This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.)

11.  Citation Makerfrom Oregon School Library Information System