This fall the library welcomed Smoky Hill’s freshman for four information literacy sessions as part of Smoky’s semester-long freshman FAST orientation.  In addition to learning how to access their CreekM@il email and GoogleDocs accounts, students learned to evaluate the quality of electronic resources using the CARS model (Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, and Support), and to avoid plagiarism by using information ethically and citing sources.  

The librarians also kicked off year-long reading initiatives with the freshmen and sophomore AVID classes.  The classes will meet with the librarians each semester to participate in activities designed to increase college readiness by augmenting critical reading skills.

Leisure reading of any kind is the media use most correlated with student success.  A Kaiser Foundation study, Generation M:  Media in the Lives of 8-18-Year-Olds (2005), found that regardless of how many hours adolescents spend in front of screens, students with high grades read more for fun than kids who earn low grades.  The Smoky Hill High School library has thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles to tempt any teen, and students can also check out back issues of popular magazines for a week at a time.  As always, our librarians are happy to recommend a great read!

As a reminder, the library offers a wealth of online journal and article databases to support student research. The databases are accessible from school or home via the Smoky Hill High School webpage:  click on “library” then "library research databases" to get the full list.