Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

As we move forward through January, it is hard to believe that the first semester is almost over!  This is the home stretch friends! As we get ready for culminating projects and exams, we remind you that we are here to help.  If you need help with research or citation, please do not hesitate to come in to Ask the Librarian. Remember: proper citation is important! Don't get caught losing marks for improper citation when there are so many tools available. 

Also, when doing online research don’t forget about the many databases available to you through our online library at under the STUDENTS tab.

Why Use Online Databases?
  •          Available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access.
  •          More trustworthy than websites. Work smarter not harder.
  •          Subject specific, making it easier for you to find the information needed for a certain project or assignment.

And who could forget about the books?  You may have noticed that the shelves are filling up.  Why not check out some of the new releases to unwind after all of the work is done? 

A Learning Commons should be a very busy place. Students could be taking quizzes, writing tests, studying for an exam or trying to conduct research. It is important for us to use this multipurpose space with respect to all of its users. See you in the Commons!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Peer Reviewed Sources

So you're starting a research project? To top it all off, the teacher has asked you to use "peer reviewed" sources?  What is a "peer reviewed" source? How is it different, and why are they important to research?  Check out this link to watch a video from Common Craft that offers a pretty good explanation.  If you have any other questions, or want to know more, come to the Learning Commons. We are here to help.

Peer Reviewed Articles Explained

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Research and Citation

In the past couple of weeks a number of classes have come by the Learning Commons to discuss proper citation and the different style guides that we can use when citing our sources and writing our research papers.  We've also discussed how to make our Google searches more efficient.  I shared a video that some of you asked for the link to ... so here it is:

As  always, if you have any questions, please ask. We are here to help.  And don't forget to check out the Citation Guides tab for quick reference to the guides.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Welcome to the new school year at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School! If you are returning, welcome back. If you are new to our school, we are so glad to have you join us, and we know that you are going to enjoy being part of this vibrant school community. My name is Mrs. Murray and I am the Librarian this term and my partner in information is our wonderful library clerk, Mrs. Kozak.

Just a couple of housekeeping items regarding our Learning Commons:
  • The Learning Commons is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
  • Books go out for 3 weeks - you may borrow up to 5 books (with a maximum of 2 on one topic).
  • If you know in advance of an assignment or research topic you will be focusing on, we would be happy to help. 
  • Proper citation is important! Intellectual property and digital citizenship are important issues in today’s 21st Century world and I hope we can work together to educate you on various topics that fall under this umbrella.
  • As a Board and as a school, we have licenses to use a number of excellent databases that provide current and reliable information on many topics covered in the curriculum.   The goal of a 21st Century Learning Commons is to have resources available 24-7.  This is achieved through a presence on the Board’s website.  There are a number of electronic resources that are available for students to use when they are in the library, in a computer lab, or from home. Come and see us to get the passwords!
  • I appreciate any input to resources and other material you would like to see in the library.  Input from staff and students is the best way to build a library collection accurately reflecting staff and student needs.
A Learning Commons should be a very busy place.  Students could be taking quizzes, writing tests, working on homework or exchanging a book.  It is important for us to use this multipurpose space with respect to all of its users.   It is my personal wish that the students’ time here be an educational experience, but also a place where they can collaborate, create and learn, and maybe just fall in love with a great book.  I am excited for the new school year at the Commons and look forward to working with you all.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day JV

Happy International Women's Day! Today we celebrate all the women in the world for their strength, perseverance, and accomplishments. We should also celebrate the amazing female teachers, EA's, librarians, and office staff that make our school a wonderful place to be :)
Our library has some great, inspiring fiction and non-fiction resources written by and about amazing women. Come check out our display and look through the stacks!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A new semester, a new chapter!

Welcome back to all returning JV students, and a special welcome to all new students. As we enter the new semester, we want to remind you that if you need help with research, citations, or to reset your password, Ms. Kozak and Ms. Miller are happy to help you!!
As we are a newer library, we value your input regarding what books you would like to see on our shelves! We have Book Recommendation forms here in the library that you can fill out, and we will work on getting those resources in for you!
A reminder that our hours are 8-4 Monday to Friday. Any changes to these hours will be posted as a note on the door, or one of the library staff will inform you.
We wish you the best of luck during this new and exciting second semester!
The Library Staff

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

From the librarians here at JV, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2017!
Here's a list of new YA books to check out in the New Year published by Brightly.