Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to a new and exciting academic session.
My name is Okechukwu Alozie and I am the Head of Library Services for the whole school (Primary & Secondary). Working with me this year is Mrs. Olajumoke Ejaife and Miss Safiyah Abdussalam.
We are working with an e-based Library software called Eclipse.Net. This is your gateway to books, websites and other resources in the school. The new system allows students, staff and parents to view our school library catalogue online and students are encouraged to use this to help with research, to write reviews about books they have read and search for new books that they may like to read. Varieties of links are being added to aid and vary the educational and reading scope of our learners.
The library catalogue, now searchable online, includes over 30,000 books and audio-visual resources as well as many thousands of approved websites. You can access the system via the school website at: [http://www.cislagos.org] (from the Library interface).
In order to access this programme, you might need to install Microsoft Silverlight; please allow this to be downloaded and installed on your computer as the system cannot run without it. There is also an App called iMLS available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Windows Phone. This App can be freely downloaded by going to your App provider and searching iMLS’.
Having the library accessible in this way and having parents engaged with reading will help to support our commitment to improving our students’ literacy standards. Your KS2, KS3 and KS4 children have login details for the new system which is their school email address as their username access and a generic password: cislagos. Students are expected to change this as soon as they log on so as to protect their personal access codes from other users. You can also track their borrowing history and perhaps help them to choose their next read.
Parents please come into the Library to register as users and for those who are already registered, send me an email to request for your very own username and password. The school is strongly committed to promoting reading for pleasure.
We have also purchased the license to Britannica Online. Encyclopaedia Britannica is a leading provider of learning and knowledge products, which provides one of the world’s most trusted sources of information on every topic imaginable – from the origins of the universe, to current events and everything in between.
The recent Britannica Online School Edition is a unique, online resource designed to meet the learning needs of students and teachers.
- Teachers can be confident that students of all ages can safely research online.
- All of the content within Encyclopædia Britannica is based upon the expert knowledge of over 4,500 global contributors.
- Britannica’s unique editorial process ensures that all content is non-biased, non-political and factual.
Staff and students can access this link from the School Intranet.
Finally, our school is proud to say we are now a member of the School Library Association – (http://www.sla.org.uk/), which caters for Library needs and trainings within the E.U. The School Library Association (SLA) is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.
Have fun using the new interface and be sure you familiarise yourself with all the new features. Feel free to click on the links to find out what information is behind them, as we will share regular updates and links to assist you.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Okechukwu Sunny Alozie
Head of Library Services
[firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com]