Cabra Library Blog Views Top 10000 So Far This Year


We have just reached a milestone with over 10000 page views for the Cabra College Library Blog so far this year. 2015 is now our busiest year ever for the blog since our first full year of operation in 2012. For a visual representation of the numbers check out these images below.

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Cabra Libraries Introduce Flipster™, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines


~ The One-Stop-Shop for Digital Magazines Allows students, staff and parents
to Browse the Latest Issues of the Most Sought After Magazines ~

The whole of the Cabra College community can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

Cabra Libraries have both Flipster and  Hardcopy magazines  so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads, phones or any mobile or desktop device via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere. Current Flipster titles are below. We will be adding more as the year progresses. All suggestions for additional titles gratefully received.

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Flipster offers an easy, browseable reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Contemporary School Libraries should be all about choice. A wide selection of resources, and a choice of the best way to access these for each user. Flipster provides Cabra Libraries with a digital access point for both general interest and curriculum magazines. Coupled with our vast EBSCO eBook and Gale Virtual Reference Library Collections Flipster allows users a digital reading experience for both research and pleasure.

To access Flipster and all these digital collections use the usual Cabra Login details. For a reminder of these contact Libraries Coordinator Mr Bull.

To view tutorials for all our databases click here. To view a Flipster tutorial see below:

The Beatification of Óscar Romero


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On May 23rd, thirty-five years after his assassination, Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, will be beatified. Read the full New Yorker article here. Beatification is the first stage in the process of making a person a Saint, or canonization. Pope Francis has rescinded the ban on beatifying Romero paving the way for him to be made a saint as a Martyr to the Catholic Church.

For more Romero Quotes check out the PowerPoint below:

Oscar Romero Reflection & Resources

Oscar Romero Trust

Loads more info and resources on Oscar Romero from the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Oscar Romero resources in the Cabra Libraries below.

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Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly


So folks, this might explain the sudden shift to a new more “responsive” theme to keep the robots at Google happy. Still not 100% sure which theme we will stick with. All feedback gratefully appreciated. You can read Google’s explanation for the change here.

The WordPress.com Blog

Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking:

  1. How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly?
  2. What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly?

1. See if your site is mobile-friendly

Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not.

Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.

2. What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly?

If your site failed Google’s test, you might be using an older theme that’s not responsive. Responsive themes change their layout slightly when someone visits via tablet or mobile phone to ensure that important content like the site title, post titles, and post content can be read on smaller screens.

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R U OK?


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Today is R U Ok Day and it is a great opportunity to chat to each other about mental health and ask R U OK? How are you going?
Have a look at the website or just start talking to others.

Teachers Prepare for 2014 Science Week


View a list of Science Programmes Here

Click image for a list of Science Videos

Science Video files Aug 2014

Cabra Science Teachers held their Faculty Meeting in  the Senior Library this afternoon just prior to National Science Week celebrations in Week 5. Teachers viewed a demonstration of the range of Science related TV programmes available via the library’s Access-It catalogue. For a full list of currently available Science shows see below.

Mr Bull also promoted a display of some of the latest Science-related books ready for loan to staff and students. For a full list of books with a Science emphasis see below also.

Best Science Websites

Cabra Library Diigo Faves

Diigo Community Science Education Sites

Academic Search Engines for Science

With a focus on science, these academic search engines return all-science, all the time. Sites 41-50 from TeachThought’s 100 Search Engines For Academic Research.

  1. SciSeek:In this science search engine and directory, you’ll find the best of what the science web has to offer. Browse by category, search by keyword, and even add new sites to the listings.
  2. Chem BioFinder:Register with PerkinElmer to check out the Chem BioFinder and look up information about chemicals, including their properties and reactions.
  3. Biology Browser:Biology Browser is a great resource for finding research, resources, and information in the field of biology. You can also check out their Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.
  4. Athenus:Athenus is an authority on science and engineering on the Web, sharing a directory and full-featured web search.
  5. SciCentral:Use SciCentral as your gateway to the best sources in science. This site has a literature search, journals, databases, and other great tools for finding what you need.
  6. Strategian:Strategian is a great place to find quality information in all fields of science. Featured resources include free full-text books, patents, and reports, as well as full-text journal and magazine articles, plus a special collection of Vintage Biology with important articles and books in biology.
  7. Science.gov:In this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.
  8. CERN Document Server:This organization for nuclear research serves up a great search and directory for experiments, archives, articles, books, presentations, and so much more within their documents.
  9. Analytical Sciences Digital Library:Through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, you’ll find peer-reviewed, web-based educational resources in analytical sciences, featuring a variety of formats for techniques and applications.
  10. WorldWideScience:Use WorldWideScience.org as a global science gateway, offering excellent search results in the sciences, and even the option to select specific databases and find resources in your own language.
Click image for a full list of Science Related Books held in Cabra Libraries

Click image for a full list of Science Related Books held in Cabra Libraries

Science Books as Of Aug 2014

 

Spelling is Fun with Weird Al.


Weird Al Yankovic’s Spelling song, Word Crimes is just too hard to resist. Great fun! Check out the collection of spelling resources below to boost your skills and improve your spelling confidence.

Best Spelling Websites chosen by Common Sense Media

Best Spelling Games chosen by Common Sense Media

Best Spelling Apps chosen by Common Sense Media

Best Free Spelling Resources.

Blogging For Beginners with Year 9 English


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Today another group of Year 9 students were introduced to the world of blogging. As part of their work this and next term students will complete various multi-modal texts and submit them to their teacher through their own blog.

Students visited WordPress.com to sign up for their very own blog. Once there they were shown how to change their settings, change the appearance and invite their teacher to view their newly created blog.