Library Information Center

  • Amherst Central High School’s Information Center, formerly referred to as the Library, contains state-of-the-art electronic information.  All staff and students may access these databases from home by using passwords the Information Center provides.  Library skills reinforcement and development are an integral part of every student’s program of studies at Amherst.  The librarian and classroom teachers plan closely together to design and support inter-disciplinary projects and research assignments.  Presentations made in the classroom by teachers are enhanced with presentations in the Information Center by the Librarian.  The final assessment of library skills is also integrated into the projects and papers students produce in the form of materials incorporated into their assignments, such as reference lists, quotes and bibliographies.  The Information Center, along with its Computer Center, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 to 3:25 on Friday.


    INFORMATION CENTER PERFORMANCE STANDARDS


    Grade 9 and 10 students will be able to:

    1. Utilize the electronic catalog (OPAC) to search for library materials.
    2. Use various reference tools for appropriate research purposes (i.e. printed books, electronic databases, and audio-visual materials).
    3. Use all materials, print and non-print, in the library.
    4. Locate information from library facilities either in hard copy (books and magazines) or electronic format (i.e. Britannica Encyclopædia, Teen Health and Wellness, and Infotrac).
    5. Use correct bibliographic forms (i.e. 7th edition MLA style of citation or the Noodletools database) for preparation and documentation of information.

     

    Grades 11 and 12 students will be able to:

    1. Distinguish and differentiate various reference tools.
    2. Select the appropriate modes and means from a multitude of reference sources.
    3. Use efficiently and effectively all types of media (i.e. print, non-print, manual, mechanical, and electronic) for research.
    4. Use correct bibliographic forms (i.e. footnotes/endnotes, reference cards, and Noodletools database) for preparation and documentation from print and non-print materials, including electronic databases.
    5. Use local library catalogs, including public and college, to locate more extensive information on a research topic.
    6. Perform extensive research on any given topic using Boolean logic and Advanced Search boxes.