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New wiki for Salesian Staff

Posted by SalesianLibrary on September 15, 2010

The staff here in the Library have started up our own wiki for the rest of the staff at Salesian College. Mrs Stanislawski and myself often found that we would be recommending websites and books for the staff but that they’d often forget about them or loose the address. So we thought that the wiki would be a great place to list all of these useful sites together in one place!

We’ve also included on there Pathfinders (there’s only a couple on there so far but feel free to recommend topics), and lists of new books in both the non fiction and teacher reference sections.


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Blogs that I follow

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 4, 2010

I know I’m always looking for good blogs to subscribe to, because there are so many that offer interesting information, book recommendations or just great reading. I thought that I’d list the ones that I follow every now and then and there might be some amongst them that you guys would like to follow too.

The Story Siren is a blog run by a lady from the United States. She has a great love of reading, especially Young Adult Fiction and so that’s what her blog is about. She has some great  reviews and recommendations, and posts many upcoming titles, competitions and author interviews.

Windowpane Memoirs is very similar to The Story Siren, as it’s also a blog dedicated to Young Adult Fiction. I love this quote from the blog’s author, Michelle, “When I think about a writer creating worlds beyond reach I imagine their faces reflecting upon a windowpane; observing all that can be printed in words only with an artist’s heart. Windowpane Memoirs is also full of great reviews and recommendations of Young Adult Fiction. Michelle also posts upcoming releases, author interviews and chats and some competitions (although these are for US residents only, unfortunately)

Tanzanite’s Shelf and Stuff feeds my love of Historical Fiction. It’s a blog run my Daphne who shares her love of history and historical fiction with her readers. She not only reviews new fiction and non fiction books but also some older titles too. She runs some great competitions, and posts about upcoming new releases (both fiction and non fiction) as well as news and information about Historical Fiction. If you like Historical Fiction then this is definitely the blog for you (although beware, your wish list will grow every time you read it!)

Skerricks is one of the blogs I read for my work, and which I get lots of great library related news, and website and resource recommendations that I can then pass on to the students and teachers who work at the school I work at. It’s run by Ruth who is a Teacher Librarian at a school in New South Wales. My favourite part about the Skerricks blog is the Good Ideas for School Libraries entries, which show the changes  Ruth has made to her library and the great ideas that she’s introduced.

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Reading Blog

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 28, 2010

Due to the fact that I’ve created this blog mainly for the students and staff at the school that I work for, I only write about books that we actually have in the library. But what you might not know is that I’ve also got another blog that I write which is a more general reading/book blog for all the books that I read. I enjoy reading both adult and young adult fiction, and every now and then some non fiction (mainly history based). So this other blog that I have, which is called The Readers Nook has reviews, wish lists, books that I’ve purchsed/borrowed/won and other interesting book related news. So if you’re interested in reading about books other than young adult fiction, head over to The Readers Nook and check it out.

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How Stuff Works

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 5, 2010

How Stuff Works would have to be one of my favourite websites. It’s a fantastic resource which offers information on so many different topics from history to science to animals to entertainment and so on.

My absolute favourite parts about this site are the blogs that some of the staff writers write. Plus twice a week they also run podcasts about some of the topics they’ve written about, which are very interesting and very witty, especially the Stuff You Should Know ones. Each podcast is created by two staff writers and include titles such as Stuff You Should Know (my favourite), Stuff Mom never told you, Stuff you missed in history class, Stuff from the science lab and more. You can find these podcasts on the website or download them for free from iTunes.

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Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 29, 2010

The Vatican has a new website out that allows you to view the interior of the Sistine Chapel. The site has 360 degree views of the Chapel including the floor and ceiling. This is a great resource for students studying history, art or who are just interested in ‘travelling’ from their own computer.

All you have to do is click with your mouse and rotate to whichever part you want to see.

Thanks to Bright Ideas for another great website recommendation!

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Organising yourself

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 27, 2010

Soshiku is a great website for students who need help with organising their school work and assignments. It’s a free resource that allows you to save notes, manage tasks and assignments, attach files and share messages with your partners. If you’re working in a team Soshiku also allows you to partner up with other students to collaberate, assign tasks and share files.

You can even sign up for email or mobile phone messages to remind you about due dates for assignments and tasks that are coming up.

This is what you would see in your home page. You can quickly see all of your overdue and upcoming assignments and use the calendar to get an overview of all of your assignments for the month. You can also view the five most recent tasks assigned to you, and use the search bar to search your assignments, tasks, etc.

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Study Search

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 16, 2010

Study Search is a new search engine which is run by Google, however the search results that come up are all filtered by professional teachers and librarians to make sure that the students using this tool are getting good information. The site is split into Primary and Secondary so students can look up information relevant to their age group.

As you can see this is what the Secondary student search area looks like. It has a very simple layout, very similar to Google and is very easy to use. I did a search on the Human Body and as you can see in the picture below I received many reputable and relevant websites in my results. Study Search is a great tool, and will be very helpful to students and teachers that don’t want to be wading through thousands of websites that don’t have any good and relevant information.

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World’s Biggest Earthquakes

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 15, 2010

CNN’s resource showing students where the most deadly and biggest earthquakes in the world since 1900 is another great resource I’ve found out about recently. Each map has numbers that you can hover or click on over that will bring up the date, place, magnitude and death toll of the earthquakes.

Thanks to SLAV’s Bright Ideas blog for informing us about this great tool!

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Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 14, 2010

TubeChop is a really great tool, that I recommend you use. It lets you edit YouTube videos and then embed them into websites. This is great for teachers who want to use videos in their class and only wish to show part of their chosen video.

It’s very easy to use too. All you have to do is enter in the URL of the YouTube Video you’re using. A slider then appears so you can mark the section(s) of the video you want to use, press enter and you are then given a new URL and code for embedding!

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Museums of the World

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 9, 2010

Locate museums, art galleries, historical societies, and travel and tourism information for countries around the world. Museums of the World are assembling a growing collection of helpful resources for education or just plain fun. There are many many different types of museums listed from Art to Fashion to History. You’ll be able to find information about The Louvre in Paris, The Met in New York, The Carrot Museum in England(!), the Museum of Costume in Bath and more!

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