The Carrollton library and research program promotes an atmosphere of inquiry, critical thinking, personal and aesthetic growth - in support of a commitment and respect of intellectual values – and with a belief and eagerness to instill in our students a pure love of reading through creativity and enthusiasm.
Pursuing these values and to enhance information literacy and skills, a full range of resources, tools, and individual and group classes, is available to all. This program strives to ensure that students, faculty and staff effectively use these skills to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, and share their knowledge and understanding with others as active, ethical and informed participants in our society.
These objectives are met by accessing information in all formats including the books on the shelves, electronic databases, the Internet, and multimedia resources. Throughout, instruction and guidance - integration of innovative uses of technology are utilized to pursue these objectives, and always, the love of reading - for intellectual curiosity, is fostered.
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelf and staying up late reading them.” - Lemony Snicket.
Students need a good college “toolkit” to make a successful transition from high school to college. Knowing which college library services and resources are available and how best to use them beforehand can help ease the way.
The Library Toolkit1
Know your librarian: Carrollton students are guided by and are taught library skills by their librarian. At college, the librarian can play a key role in student success.
Read the map: Carrollton libraries are “big” – but not as big as the college library; Students visit the public and University of Miami library. Juniors and seniors have access to resources at Richter Library at UM.
Learn the databases: Carrollton subscribes to more than 40 subject databases. Colleges have many more research databases, sometimes over a hundred subject databases, which provide a wealth of information for academic research. Searching databases is often daunting to college freshman. Carrollton students learn how to effectively access, search, and evaluate which resources to use.
Learn documentation styles: Students need exposure constructing citations for books, periodical articles, and database resources. Carrollton students learn how to create these citations. They learn the different documentation styles.
Library of Congress and Dewey: All college libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification system and most schools use the Dewey Decimal system. At Founders, the High School library, the Library of Congress system is used. A major project over the summer of 2011, transformed the High School collection from Dewey to LC. Students need to know what a call number is and how to find a specific book or periodical on the shelf.
Learn how to search the online catalog: Students should be comfortable using online library catalogs to find the materials housed in the library. All Carrollton library materials are cataloged and are accessible in an online catalog for students to use.
Library services: Colleges provide interlibrary loan services. Carrollton librarians will find a book or article for a student if it is not available at the library.
All basic services available at the college library are available at Carrollton.
• Two professional, full-time librarians and one archivist.
• On-site and remote access to subject e-databases including: Carrollton's Online Library Catalog; BrainPOP; CIAO; EBSCO Research Databases; Encyclopedia Britannica; Granger’s World of Poetry; Lexis-Nexis Scholastic Edition; NewsBank; Oxford English Dictionary; Oxford Language Dictionaries Online; Oxford Reference Library; Alexander Street Press: Dance in Video, North American Theatre Online, Asian American Drama, Black Drama, North American Indian Drama, North American Women’s Drama, Twentieth Century North American Drama, American History in Video, World History in Video, Latino Literature; ARTStor; JSTOR, Maps 101; Maps as History; Grove Music; Humanities e-Books; Project Muse, Questia; Teaching Books; Visual Thesaurus; Gale Virtual Reference Library; Scientific American digital edition.
• 21,000 books and audio-visual resources.
• Over 60 periodicals and magazines - many in both print and digital format.
• Print and digital newspaper subscriptions including the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald Miami, USA Today, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books. Access to hundreds of historical newspapers searchable online through the NewsBank database.
Founders Library is located in the state of the art Library and Science and Technology Building on the Barat Campus and serves as the High School library with quiet rooms for the students and faculty. Students, faculty and staff are surrounded by reading alcoves, hand-stenciled ceilings and the latest technology.
The beautiful paneled Oak Room Library in El Jardin gives Intermediate students an elegant and warm place to enjoy reading books and magazines.
On the Duchesne Campus, the Taylor Hall Library, with its bay window overlooking the pool, provides a cozy atmosphere for our Montessori and Primary students to read and study.
In the Taylor Hall living room, the Junior High Students enjoy the recently designed library and information center.
1 These tips were adapted from postings to the Information Literacy Instruction Discussion Listserv sponsored by the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries and were edited by Robbie Rand, Librarian