- Online Research Tools — Our membership in the Massachusetts Library System provides students and faculty with access to a variety of subscription online databases. These databases extend well beyond our physical collection of books to provide searchable access to numerous additional reference books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, primary source documents and images. In addition to being available at school, these databases can be accessed from home. Subscriptions to additional online databases have been obtained to meet instructional needs. The user name and password to access those databases from home can be obtained in the Library Media Center. If you have been assigned a research project, our Online Research Tools page is a good place to look for reliable sources!
- Pathfinders — These lists of recommended sources are developed for various research projects throughout the year. Check to see if one has been created for any research projects that you are assigned. These lists provide a great starting point for your research!
- Readers' Advisory — If you're looking for a good book to read and need some recommendations, check out this list of websites and online databases that may help you out. Don't forget to check the TitlePeek information, as well as book ratings by other NAPS students, in our online catalog.
- Parent/Guardian Corner — This evolving section is designed to familiarize parents and guardians with the services that are provided by the NAMS Library to support student learning. Topics covered so far include FAQs about the library program, the research process and tips on how you can help your child when a research project has been assigned, and an introduction to online databases.
As we continue to strengthen our library media program at NAMS, the following Mission Statement serves as a guideline:
The North Andover Middle School library media program is designed to enable the school’s students and faculty to efficiently and effectively access, process, evaluate and utilize information in a variety of formats. The mission of the library media center's staff is to collaborate with classroom teachers in instructing and guiding students to become competent in all educational literacies; including reading literacy, information literacy and media/technology literacy; by:
- providing access to a stimulating environment and to relevant resources conducive to the pursuit of knowledge and study
- fostering a love and appreciation of reading
- teaching the process of information problem-solving necessary for curriculum-based inquiry learning
- teaching students to use information, ideas, and media/technology ethically, creatively, and critically
In order to fulfill this mission, the Library Media Center operates on a flexible schedule; allowing students to visit as an entire class, in small groups or individually; to meet research, instructional and recreational reading needs. Over 12,000 print and non-print items are available in the Library Media Center. We also offer students access to a variety of online research tools, including subscription databases and encyclopedias; teaching them how to find and use information within these sources. To facilitate use of online tools, there are fifteen all-in-one computers in the Library Media Center.
As 21st century students have access to an overwhelming amount of available information, the information skills that they learn today will help them become the lifelong learners of tomorrow!
Anne Bate, Library Media Specialist
|Library Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:25 AM - 2:35 PM
|Lending Policy: Two weeks (excluding Reference books)