Reading is good

New BooksWelcome to MAC library this year!

Our 3 rules:

  • NO FOOD in the library
  • Borrow 4 books up to 3 weeks
  • Always record your book loan at the issue desk

Many new books arrive weekly on the “New Books” shelf.

There are also more than 200 ebooks on our FREE e-library to read on your own device.

Reading is good, so read more!

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What to read next?

So you really like a series or a book? Travel the literature map to find similar authors.

Lit_map
Click here and enter your favourite author’s name…
The results spring like this and you can click on an author to seek further…

GNOD also offers to explore the world of Music, Art and Movies. Gnod is an artificial intelligence self-learning system that will lead you to find things you don’t even know they exist… Great to explore!

Digital citizenship

Digital citizenship is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age“. www.mylgp.org.nz

A digital citizen:

♦ is able to use the ICT tools not only for leisure but also for learning and work;
♦ knows how to find relevant information and how to assess it;
♦ is aware of the digital world challenges and knows how to stay safe;
♦ knows and applies copyright principles
♦ relates appropriately with others: communicate positively and honestly, respect privacy and freedom of speech.

Here at MAC, we practice digital citizenship at all levels.

♦ We have a cybersafety policy in place;
♦ Students are taughts a variety of softwares and encouraged to present their assignments in using them;
♦ Information literacy is taught actively, for example through this Prezi;
♦ Teachers and students practice blogging and facebooking together;
♦ Good communications skills are modeled and actively reminded.
♦ Parents information events are organised regularly.

Resources

This is an infographic presenting the risks of posting in social networks.

♦ NetSafe – Cybersafety and Security Advice for New Zealand http://www.netsafe.org.nz
♦ Digital citizenship resources for schools – http://www.mylgp.org.nz
♦ Report online incidents – http://www.theorb.org.nz
♦ Learn about computer security – http://www.netbasics.org.nz
♦ Cyberbullying information – http://www.cyberbullying.org.nz

Information literacy prezis


Prezi

For many assignments and any project, including in adult and professional life, the same process applies so you may as well learn it early.

Here is a prezi summarizing the Define, Locate, Select, Organise, Present, Assess process, or click on the image then on the arrowArrow  to start the presentation. It includes how to write a bibliography.

And here is a prezi showing how to improve your Internet Research efficiency, in music!

Leave a comment to share your research tips!

Why and how to use MACLIC blog

Here you will find regularly updated informative posts about news, books and events from the college library, as well as information literacy and research skills.

 

Explore the other pages:

  • Services and rules: everything you need to know to use your library;
  • Book lists: List of books available in the library on most frequently asked themes and links to award-winning teenagers’ books;
  • Web 2.0 tools: a feast of wonderful web resources and tools.

 

On the right menu:

  • You can search the blog and the Library Catalogue.
  • You will find organised lists of useful links:
    • Other Mount Aspiring College’s blogs and websites;
    • Homework and Research links for reference websites which we invite you to use for your homework (great for parents too!);
    • Book find links and lots of good and new book suggestions.

 

MACLIC blog welcomes contributions from students, parents, and teachers. Feel free to add your comments to any post or page (moderated), to give us book reviews to publish or send book suggestions (or email micoudf@mtaspiring.school.nz ).

Add Maclic blog to your home page and subscribe to it via email or RSS.

I hope you find Maclic blog useful and start making a habit of using it as a first stop shop for all your Information needs.

Florence Micoud – Librarian

Bibliography = Sources = Reference List

When you write an assignment, you use information from different sources. It is important that you acknowledge their authors and publishers, in listing them.

There are several standards for writing them. You can use footnotes or place the list at the conclusion of your assignment (Bibliography). There, you can list all of your sources in the order of appearance in the paper or in alphabetical order. Which ever you choose, keep the format consistent.

For a book:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title in Italic. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
Example: Gleitzman, Morris. Boy Overboard. Camberwell: Penguin, 2002.

For an article:

Author Last Name, First name. “Title of Article”. Magazine Name in Italic. Date of publication. Pages.
Example: Nachtwey, James. “Mandela’s Children”. National Geographic. June 2010. p80-109.

For a webpage:

Author’s name, Title.  database name in Italic (if from a database), Date you accessed it, <url of the page>
Example: Eileen McSaveney. Historic earthquakes: Liquefaction demonstrated, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 15/06/2011,
<http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/historic-earthquakes/13/2>

You can use BibMe a fast and easy bibliography maker or EasyBib, same tool, less graphic but more popular…

See also the Information Literacy Tutorial here

Explore and use MACLIC blog (here!)

MACLIC blog is designed and maintain by the college librarian to bridge books and the online information world. Please take the time to explore this site and all it can offer you.

  • Read the “Services and Rules” page to know all about your library and how to use it well.
  • Use the links on the right to find good books and explore the “Book Lists” page.
  • Scroll down to find selected links to help with your homework or research and other useful links. Look at the Information Literacy Prezi to see how to carry out your projects and use Internet more efficiently than “googling it”.

Last but not least, open the Web 2.0 tools page to discover wonderful and useful interactive resources from the Internet.

And please leave comments to share the tools you like using or suggest what you would like to see here.

Enjoy!

Hint: Add this page to your favourites or to your homepage Tabs to use as a first stop for information research.

Homework and research made easy

Scroll down the page to find on the right a “Homework & Research” links list.

It is here to help you search for your studies and I encourage you to explore it… and use it.

On AnyQuestions.co.nz , you can email to real online librarians, trained to help you work out the sort of information you need, then begin searching with you. Visit the ManyAnswers database first for hundreds of previously asked questions and links to the information found.

EPIC DATABASES  is a great initiative by New Zealand libraries to give New Zealand schools access to a worldwide range of online resources, from Britannica Encyclopedia Online to  MasterFile Premier offering articles from over 2000 major international publications and so much more…
The Username and Password must not be published in any publicly available format but are largely advertised in the school or ask the librarian.

Te Puna Web Directory is an organised listing of New Zealand and Pacific Island web sites, great to find all the good websites in a subject or a place.

 Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. It’s my favourite “cruise” website!

And if you still prefer Googling, then use Google Scholar which provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Find it in the More menu.

Make the most of these great websites, your knowledge and your marks will improve amazingly!

Teenager reading aloud

Do you remember those cuddling moments at bed time, when you read a story to your child when s/he was too young to read, thus nurturing your love for of each other and for reading? 

Bedtime story -ClipartResearch shows that reading aloud to children when they are teenagers is still extremely valuable. It:

  • Helps children to become better readers
  • Improves adult awareness of their responsibility as literacy role models
  • Improves the quality of family life

During read-aloud, we share the excitement, the suspense, the emotion, and the sheer fun of a new book and its intriguing or annoying characters.

We will not take our teenager on our laps, but we can still find fun ways of reading aloud with them. Sharing an article, a poem, an encyclopaedia entry or a few paragraphs from a book with your family at lunch, in the car (can be audio books), to entertain him/her while s/he is doing the washing-up, when s/he is sick in bed, or anytime, and keep it a regular habit. Take turns. They can read things to you too.

Chose read-alouds that relate to a current issue, a recent discussion or topic of study, or that you particularly liked, to foster a love of literature. Try different things. The wider the variety of readings, the greater the chance to meet or provoke the teen’s interests. It will often be the start of great discussions…

More on http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=12Teenagers reading aloud in MACLIC

Have fun!

Florence

PS. Teenagers like to read aloud to each other too: I often witness groups of students happily sharing stories.

PPS. At MAC, reading out loud and reading together in unison is a practice used by many teachers to assist with the comprehension and enjoyment of text.