Welcome to CMS Libraries
The modern 21st century library is a very different resource than libraries a generation ago. Perched on the cusp of technological integration, the CMS libraries provide a host of learning opportunities for students and staff alike, while not neglecting the foundations of what made libraries have academic importance in the first place. Given the way that today’s students use, share, and produce information, libraries have become a “learning lab” for research and inquiry-based education that helps forge the information literacy skills demanded by tomorrow’s workplaces and industries. All quality libraries in this day and age have both a physical and a virtual space for patrons to access needed services. CMS students can access two physical facilities on the CMS campus, an Elementary and an MS/HS library, but can also connect to a vast number of virtual resources, accessible through this website on the “Resources” pages. We look forward to serving your needs now and in the future. Welcome.
The New MS / HS Library
The 2008-2009 school year was marked with a tremendous advance in library facilities at Carol Morgan School. On the 12th of March 2009, a new Middle School / High School Library was inaugurated. This two-story structure was part of a multifaceted, multipurpose building construction which, in addition to the MS-HS Library, includes three technology labs, a bookstore, copy room, health office, cafeteria, and state-of-the-art videoconferencing center. Located at the heart of the CMS campus, this new Library is proof that the CMS community not only understands the importance of libraries in relationship to content standards, but more importantly, how these educational hubs can truly be a place of lifelong learning. Students, educators, and parents are linked to information—locally and globally, physically and virtually—through the use of technology, closing the gap between what 21st century education should be and what it actually is at CMS.
Carol Morgan School has a fully online OverDrive library system, where patrons can check out e-books and audio books to a variety of computers and mobile devices. Families and students use their unique school ID numbers to log in and check out books through the OverDrive system 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
Visit CMS.LIB.OVERDRIVE.COM to see our collection, log in, check out, and download ebooks and audiobooks. For questions please contact your library staff.
Research Programs and Services
Direct research instruction marks the continuation of librarians and classroom teachers working side-by-side to help students develop as effective users of ideas and information. The Big6™ remained as the information literacy model for students. This organizational tool, to be used when researching, provides a framework for approaching information-based questions or research projects. As students near the end of high school, this research cycle, and its embedded skill sets, become the driving forces for student success at the Senior Extended Essay, or S.E.E.
The Elementary School teaches research through its module approach in third, fourth, and fifth grades. The module cycle, organized by grade level and taught in six successive day intervals, is co-taught by classroom teachers, the technology facilitator, and the elementary librarian. Projects and skills are taught following the recommendations of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Skill for the 21st Century Learner in Action. The focus of the research program is teaching student to acquire, evaluate, and share information.