New to the library as of March 2005 is the new Destiny Web Opac! With this new search engine for books, you will not only be able to look up what you're looking for within the school, but you will also be able to check the status of your books and find other locations of them throughout the other schools in the Elkhart school system!
Our mission is to provide students access to informational materials in different formats; to promote inquiry and research skills that will enable them to become proficient users of information; and to support literacy through recreational reading. The Media Center opens 7:15 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Students may seek after-hour time for completing projects and staff will work to accommodate the request. Our Media Center has over 22,000 volumes and non-print material indexed by the Web OPAC (online public access catalog.) Thirty-two computers with word processing software are available for students who have the Internet Access Agreement form on file. All students have computer login access with their own password and space on the student file server. Three web subscriptions - World Book Online, CQ Researcher, and Opposing Viewpoints Resources Center - contain educational and curriculum related information that may be e-mailed! The Choices software program is located on the desktop and provides information on careers and colleges. Internet sites bookmarked are highly recommended include Inspire (Indiana's virtual library - http://www.insipire.net), which has a databases of magazines and newspaper titles, Biography Resource Center and LitFinder; The Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org/ref), which includes newspapers from around the world; and The Library of Congress (http://lcweb.loc.gov), which includes the American Memory collection. Books from the regular collection circulate for a three-week loan period and non-print materials circulate on an overnight basis. Reference and reserve books may only be used in the Media Center. Students have the opportunity to make photocopies and to print articles from the computer at a nominal cost. Two computer with one scanner and color printers are also available. Visual presenters, camcorders, video editing equipment and digital cameras can be used to develop classroom presentations. Inter-library loan options allow student resources from other locations
All students have rights and responsibilities in our evolving electronic community. It is essential that resources are cited with the MLA format and documentation includes text, pictures, and other electronic sources. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Our facility is a place for quiet work and students should be respectful in their contact.