Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Swap in the IHS Library: faculty & students exchange 'goodreads'

Sharing our passion for reading.   Students and faculty exchange books and recommendations. Everyone left with something to read over Winter Break--digital or print, not important.  We just want to read.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Finals week begins

On the first day of finals the library was full of studying.
A heated game of RISK.

Figuring out where in the world we landed with GeoGuesser ..

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mathematical Hubbub

This afternoon when I gave a particularly rowdy table a pointed librarian look (actual shushing is so passé), they told me "Don't mind us.  Math is just very emotional for us right now." I went over to the table to find that indeed a passionate discussion about factoring quadratic equations was underway. It soon degenerated/elevated into a conversation about whether zero is a number.

Want more math in your life?  We're here for you.  Find Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction on our shelves (a part of the brightly colored short introduction series from Oxford).  Or visit questiaschool.com to learn more about The Irrationals.  Starting to doubt yourself about whether zero is a number?  This column on straight dope explores the question.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

"It's weird but I like it."

Jeff Francois's 10th grade English class began their poetry unit today in the library.   We created a space to surround them with poetry and let them explore. Each student found something to connect to.  "It's weird but I like it," was one student's reaction to Meme, an award winning book of poetry by Susan Wheeler.   They will go on to collect more poems and create their own books of poems, fragments, reactions and ephemera.

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Books on the Shelves

Ebooks are coming soon to the library (and kindles are available now) but in the meantime I've been busy adding over 130 new books to our collection.  

Visit the IHS Goodreads page to see some of our new titles on paper in French

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Top 10 reads for the IHS community in April/May

These are our top titles for the past two months, come take a look at what your classmates are reading. More on Goodreads.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Top 10

Here are the top 10 books checked out in February and March.  Titles include a book on women's history, a winner fo the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens, a graphic novel and some wonderful YA titles. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) presented using ScoopIt

ScoopIt  is designed for curating a collection of pages and articles from around the web.  Once you start a topic, ScoopIt will begin suggesting content that you might want to add.  
It also lets you create an .rss feed for your topic.

Pros: A Bookmarklet allows you to add things to your topics as you browse the web. Pages are presented nicely with their associated image (you can choose which image from the page to feature).  Easy to add your own commentary, move items around, or delete. 

Cons: Not suited for a presentation, no options for changing color schemes.  

Use it: A good place to create an ongoing collection of information on a topic. I use ScoopIt for myself, as a way to keep articles I'm interested in for future use. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Indigenous Women

Storify allows you to pull in websites, videos, tweets, facebook posts, and more and then add text to shape the collection.  A way to curate and present the forest of available information.

Pros: Easy to pull in elements and add your own text.  Clean layout.  You can imbed the story into your blog or website (like this!)

Cons: Search functions for various social media tools aren't as flexible as they could be. 

Use it: to present information on current events, to pull together a lot of information in one place.  Woudl work well  to bring together a bunch of articles or topics if you're asking students to choose one. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Women's History Month #1

Each week of Women's History Month we will present a topic in women's history using a different online tool.  First up:

The Violence Against Women Act presented using Animoto

Animoto creates videos from pictures, text, and video clips. It has free and paid versions.  You can apply for an Educator account and get an expanded version for free. 

Pros:  Animoto is easy to use.  Just pick a theme, upload your photos, and type in some text.  The videos look polished and bring a lot of movement to still images. 

Cons: Little flexiblity.  You choose the order of images but have no control over timing or transitions. You have to pay to upgrade to HD.

Use it: for brief presentations, for trip photos, to spark a conversation.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Best Love Story in the Library?

It isn't news that some of the best books these days are being written for a YA audience (see this previous post), and one of the most interesting authors writing for that audience is David Levithan. He has collaborated to write such popular YA titles as Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  He has written plenty of books on his own as well, including Boy Meets Boy, one of the first YA books to feature gay characters where their struggle with sexuality didn't provide the main narrative arc.  Levithan is not afraid to play with narrative forms his "Lover's Dictionary" reveals the story of a relationship through encyclopedia-like entries for each letter of the alphabet.

And his most recent book, Every Day, might just be the most thought provoking love story on the shelves.  It tells the story of "A" - a being who finds itself in a new body each day, consistant only in age and relative geographical proximity, A is aware of the hosts memories but not emotions and has grown up with this changeable existence  developing the insight of an outsider to the usual flow of human life.  And one day "A" meets a girl.  Levithan navigates this tricky premise well and while he sometimes gets a little too direct about his message that our selves are not defined by our bodies, he pulls off a believable, generous love story and makes the crazy circumstances fade into the background of the developing characters. Levithan is better at gender, sexuality and mental illness than he is at race and class. Major points however for the best depiction of a transgender character I've read yet.

Funny, touching, thought-provoking.  Put Every Day on your to-read list.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Come take a look

Le sermon sur la chute de Rome
Des vents contraires
Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas
Silex and the city
La liste de mes envies
Le Théorème de Kropst
Le vieux qui ne voulait pas fêter son anniversaire
Rosa Candida
Les chaussures italiennes
Peste & Choléra
La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert
La porte étroite
Le meilleur des mondes
Le vieil homme et la mer
Tout, tout de suite
Le tableau du maître flamand

IHS Library's favorite books »

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"How to Cite"

These new visual guides will help with citations of books and websites.  Contact the library for .pdf or paper copies and come to us with questions.

Also, check out Cornell University for more information on MLA style.

Monday, January 14, 2013

IHS Kindle Collection

Did you know that the IHS library has a collection of kindle books?  Based on user requests we've gathered a wide range of titles. 

To see a list of all our books for kindle go to the library catalog and search for "kindle".  

We have Kindles that you can borrow and we can lend some of the books to your account on your kindle, iPad or phone. 

Is there a book you think we should add to our kindle collection? Let us know!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Non-Fiction - Check it Out!

The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean

Discussing (among other things) cat ladies and JFK's bronze skin, the author of The Disappearing Spoon takes on genetics this time.  How do those lines of DNA code shape us and what happens when they get rewritten wrong?

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

From the rise and fall of Angkor Wat to modern day Montana Jared Diamond (of Guns, Germs and Steel fame) looks at environmental disasters that have felled societies.  Or you can watch his TED talk.

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

Greenblatt pieces together Shakespeare's life and work to understand how a young man from a provincial town became the world's greatest playwright.
NY Times Review