Catlin Gabel Faculty & Staff Guide to the US Library, 2021-2022
We provide research databases, books, instruction, research support, and of course, study and work space.
The Upper School Library enriches the curriculum, teaches practical, lifelong research skills, collaborates with teachers, and actively promotes reading for pleasure and information beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
The Library Environment
Our US Library is an active, busy, heavily utilized library space that serves 300+ students and 200+ adults. There is a quiet study area, and a group study area, where students are encouraged to work collaboratively.
How We Can Help You
As your department’s curriculum changes, let Sue know. She'll help build the collection to cover your needs. She actively solicits your suggestions for specific titles and general subject areas for acquisitions.
Borrowers' privacy is important to us. We do not share information about what any student or adult asks, reads, or utilizes. Materials placed on reserve for a class, and equipment, are exceptions to this rule.
We use LibGuides as our primary pages for all US Library resources. Ask if you need help.
Borrowing Books & DVDs
Sue collaborates with colleagues to teach research skills to students in everything from Foundations to Jr. English to Science Research classes. While our teens are quick with technology, they lack practical research skills. Tired of always seeing the same three website links on that assignment? Sue can help introduce your students to better options. Experience & research demonstrate that most students at this age know very little about research beyond looking up books in a library catalog and conducting rather basic Google searches. There is plenty of room for improvement.
Books on Reserve
Do you need your students to share access to a group of titles? We'll gladly create a course reserve shelf in the Manuscript Room. With a few days’ notice, we can set up a shelf with your course materials on hand for students to browse, scan, and use during their free periods. Typically, reserve shelf items check out in the library only, and overnight/over the weekend. Let us know what you need!
Helping Students Cite Correctly
The US Library’s web page offers a number of links that provide clear, concise help in citing sources using MLA and Chicago style. Students often use the EasyWriter book for citation examples.
The library has print subscriptions to The Oregonian, and you can access a free New York Times online account through our subscription to the Education Pass. We also have newspaper databases that provide excellent coverage of regional and international news.
We subscribe to approximately 25 print journals. In addition to print titles, we have electronic access (via EbscoHost, JSTOR, and Gale databases) to full-text articles from over 25,000 periodicals.
All DVDs are listed in the online catalog, and check out for 7 days to students, and for longer periods to faculty. DVD discs (not cases) are kept in a locked cabinet at the desk to prevent loss. If you use these materials in your teaching, please be sure to reserve them in advance so we’ll have them ready and checked in for your use.
We provide database subscriptions to JSTOR, Modern World History Online, a number of EbscoHost and Gale databases, and the Oxford English Dictionary. We link to MultCoLib databases that may be useful for research. We’re glad to help you and your students select the right ones to meet your research needs. Note: We have about 25 print journals, and electronic access to over 25,000 more titles.
Reserve a Room
The Situation Room is the only reservable study room in the library. It features a large, heavy wooden seminar table, and can seat up to 8 people in reasonable comfort. The room is not soundproof. Please use the signup clipboard at the front desk of the library to schedule this room for short blocks of time. Please plan ahead, as this room is in constant demand and use by students.
You may leave blank or incomplete tests with us at the library front desk for students to complete. We do not proctor tests due to our own workload and the number of students in the library. Please use your judgment in choosing whether these conditions are appropriate for individual students.
Please contact Sue @ email@example.com, Derek @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by.