Digital Media Resource Center & Library (DMRC)

As an integral part of classroom learning, the DMRC is open to students and faculty for the purpose of study and research. Materials are selected to support the school's curriculum and to encourage recreational reading.


Library Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Library Mission

To ensure the information literacy of our students by providing both physical and intellectual access to information in multiple formats, in collaboration with teachers and leaders of the school, pursuing relevancy in a changing world consistent with the values of our Franciscan education.
 

Facilities and Resources:

  • Curriculum-based collection of more than 10,000 books, videos, DVD's, CD's, audiotapes, and ebooks.

  • Over 25 desktop PCs, with access to the internet, as well as to Microsoft Office and other applications for completing assignments.

  • A Mac Lab, with access to photoshop.

  • Subscriptions to internet-based database services such as Proquest, SIRS Knowledge Source, Britannica Online, to name a few. Subscriptions are reviewed on an annual basis, added to or changed, to ensure that we provide the best information to our students.

  • Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Seminar room for small class instruction and small group activities.
     

Access:

  • Open access for students before and after school (7:30 - 7:55 a.m.; 2:23 – 3:30 p.m.)

  • During the school day, individual students who come to the Library must have a pass from their teachers, to verify for Library staff that teachers know where they are.

  • Students may also use the Library during lunch periods provided that they have obtained a pass from the librarian prior to 8:00 AM.

  • Day 3 & 6 school wide study periods are treated in the same way as above. Passes are issued at the librarian’s discretion on a first come, first served basis. A maximum of 20 students will be allowed in the library during school wide study hall.

  • Two weeks prior to the end of the academic year, the Library's lending services terminate to allow for the annual inventory.
     

Online Subscription Databases

The following online databases can be accessed from any computers at school, or at home, with the password information available at the desk in the Library. Links to them are also on the home page for the new Library catalog, Destiny. Shortcuts to Destiny are found on the desktops of all the Library computers, and will be available on the web.

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1. Britannica Online: http://search.eb.com

Britannica Online is a general academic encyclopedia with a curriculum-based database. It is very different from its free online cousin, britannica.com. It provides features designed to help high school and college students do their work more efficiently, such as:

  • the workspace, to collect & save relevant search results for completion later without having to start searches over;
  • MLA citations provided at the end of each article;
  • print format icon at the top of each article, to more efficiently re-format article for printing.

2. SIRS Knowledge Source: http://sks.sirs.com

  • This is our online database of magazine and newspaper articles on current social issues, organized by subject. Among its many features to help speed your work,
  • it allows you to save relevant search results to enable you to continue your work at a later time without starting over,
  • it allows a teacher to provide his/her class access to a specific article for an assignment.
  • Each article includes the citation information necessary for citing your sources in MLA format in a bibliography.
  • You can access it both at school and at home at this site:

3. World Book Online: http://www.worldbookonline.com

This subscription database is an online encyclopedia with excellent educational features, geared to middle and high school curricula. One of the features that you may find most helpful is the World Book Advanced link at the bottom of the home page. The access information, for home as well as for school, is as follows:

4. Science Resource Center: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/mdk12_achs

This subscription database is an excellent resource for the maths and sciences, including psychology. Please let me know how well it suits your purposes, since it is one of the newer ones.

  • Password: Friars

5. Proquest: http://www.proquestk12.com

Proquest is the publisher of many databases. Our subscription gives us access to six of them, all at this one access point:

  • Proquest Platinum
  • Electric Library,
  • eLibrary Science,
  • History Study Center,
  • Proquest Learning: Literature, and
  • Historical Newspapers.

With the school's usernames and passwords available as described at the top of this document, you can access all nine of them from any computer that accesses the internet.

Through Proquest, we also subscribe to three more products NOT on the Proquest home page but available at the following URLS, with appropriate access codes available as described in the first paragraph above:

“Nature gave us seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself”
          Seneca the Younger, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium

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