OVIC Efficacy

Instruction and Features Drive Library Resource Usage at Hayes High School

Sarah Ressler has been the Media Specialist at Hayes High School for one year. Sarah has extensive teaching experience having served 13 years as an English teacher – 12 of them at Hayes. When an opening in the Media Center surfaced, Sarah saw a chance to make a difference and accepted the position. Throughout her first year in the position Sarah made it her mission to demonstrate the value of library resources to students and teachers at Hayes. Sarah focused on building relationships with teachers as well as educating both teachers and students on how to effectively use library resources. Hayes High School subscribes to Science Resources in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and InfoTrac periodical solutions.

Sarah started her journey by meeting with teachers in different subject areas to understand their information needs. Sarah found teachers to be very receptive to her outreach and they worked together to devise strategies for improving students’ information literacy skills. Additionally, Sarah worked closely with her Gale representative, Andrea Eshelman, to learn how to effectively leverage features available in Gale resources. Sarah developed a presentation on library resources that showed students the value and advantage of using library databases to conduct research. In addition to demonstrating to students the credibility of information contained in library resources, Sarah showed the students how various database tools can save them time and effort when conducting research.

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OVIC Delivers High-Quality, Accessible Resources to NYC High School Students

Michael Dodes is an active member of the library community. Among other positions, he serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology. In his current day job, Michael is a Library Information Specialist at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (APRCHS) in Manhattan, New York. When students and instructors head to the library, Michael helps them get the most out of available resources—and one he often recommends for its quality and accessibility is the Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) from Gale. Read More…