We’ve Moved!

This will be our last post at this address, please come visit us at our new home: http://blogs.lisluanda.com/seclibrary/

Welcome back to a brand new school year! Ms. Katy and Mr. Manuel are so happy you’re here. The library is boring without you all…

Please remember a few basics to have a GREAT year in the secondary library:

Where we’re at! We have a new url, so update your bookmarks: http://blogs.lisluanda.com/seclibrary/. You can find our LIS Research Portal under the Research tab, access reading reviews by students and learn about what’s going on in the secondary library.

When we’re here! We are open everyday from 7:15-4:00. You are welcome in the library before school, during break and lunch, and after school to read, write, study, socialize or just hang out. This is YOUR library, so come on in and make it your space!

“How” we are! Respect. That’s it. You can eat in here, is you clean up after yourself and are respectful to your classmates. You can borrow more than our usual limit if you need to, as long as you’re respectful about returning your materials on time and only taking what you need. You can use the computers for fun stuff as long as you’re respectful about letting academic needs come first.

Ms. Katy and Mr. Manuel are really excited about this school year, and we hope you are too. Come by the library today to say hi, check out a book and spend some time with your classmates.


Help Out in YOUR Library!

  • Do you like Tech Tools? Movies? Books?
  • Do you want to share your thoughts on the library blog?
  • Do you want to participate in a Harlem Shake video?
  • Do you want to help make the library THE place to be before, during and after school?
  • Do you want to help run the circulation desk? Shelves the books?
  • Do you want to create engaging library displays and advertisements about books?

If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then you should think about being a library assistant!  Fill out the form below (or click on this link to visit the form online) and put your name out there to be a library assistant in the secondary library.

Language Week 2013: Poetry & Power

We had a fabulous week celebrating “The Power of Language” around the campus of LIS from February 5th-8th. From teaching primary students to participating in the Language Run, secondary school students have thought about the Power of Language everyday this week.

The library got in on the game by hosting a Poetry Coffee House on Wednesday and the Power Reading Hour on Friday.  Students brought pieces to share; some written by themselves, some written by others.

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During these sessions, we also shared videos that demonstrated “The Power of Language” in action.  From Kid President to Hiwot Adilow, students and teachers were impressed by the power of language.

One video we didn’t have time to finish watching was The Danger of a Single Story, a TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie. You can watch this powerful talk about language, literacy and the danger of having only a single story.

Finally, we wound up the week with the Language Week assembly, where students were presented with a video about Language Diversity at LIS.  This video was the result of a partnership between Ms. Katy, Ms. Chloe and several LIS students.

What was your favorite part of Language Week?

A Snapshot of the Library in Action on a Friday

Today was an amazing Friday in the LIS Secondary Library.  Here are a few photos from throughout our day. If you would like to see more photos of the LIS library community in action, visit our LIS Secondary Library – 180 Project.

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Social Media & the News

This is the second in a series of blog posts for LIS’s Year 12 Core TOK class. Outside comments are welcomed and encouraged.

In the 21st century, social media has significantly impacted how journalism happens and how we learn about and understand breaking events.

In his TEDxThessaloniki talk, Crowdsourcing the News, Paul Lewis discussing how his job as a journalist has changed with the rise of social media.  In his talk, he mentions several popular social media networks which influence how and what gets reported in the mainstream, traditional news media.  These are listed below along with a few others.

Earlier, we posted about Traditional Mass Media vs. Alternative News Sources and asked about the similarities and differences in their reporting of news stories.  Today, the LIS library wants to know: How is social media impacting journalism and therefore the news we get?  

To answer this key question, consider

What IS social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the positive aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the negative aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
How can you use social media to stay informed?

Core TOK students, please use at least two different specific examples from Social Networks in your response.

Traditional Mass Media vs. Alternative New Sources

While this post is intended for the Year 12 Core TOK class, the information is relevant to anyone who wants to look for alternatives to news which comes from media organizations supported by major corporations.

Last class, we each chose a current event to follow and selected one story from a traditional news source (newspaper, television news show, radio news).  This class, you will

  • find out who owns that news source using Columbia Journalism Review’s Who Owns What resource.
  • find an alternative news source story on the same current event
  • compare and contrast the traditional and alternative news stories on your current event.  Think about tone, style, and content.

You may use one of the alternative news sources below or choose one of your own.

Guides to Alternative News Sources


Alternative News Sources (a Small Sampling)


Please post your comparison as a comment to this blog post. Include the links to both news stories in your response.

Do you have an alternative news source you like? Share it in the comments below!