HS/MS Library

Library Staff

Kelly ButcherTeacher Librarian

(319) 627-2115 x5038

Amy Putney
Amy Putney

Library Para Educator
(319) 627-2115 x5038

Library Catalogs

High School Catalog

Middle School Catalog


The mission of the West Liberty High School and Middle School Libraries is to encourage students and staff to become active and effective users of information, promote a lifelong love of reading and learning, and help students achieve success.

Citing Your Sources

  1. Go to www.easybib.com. Register for an account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Create a (+New list) for this project and click on the list’s name.
  3. Click on (Click here to select a source)
  4. For Websites, simply enter the URL web address of your source and click Autocite! You may have to fill in the author, publisher/sponsor, date of revision or copyright fields.
  5. Finally, click on (Create citation)
  6. When you are finished adding sources, click (Export to Word). Voila!

Library Skills

  • WLHS Library Orientation Powerpoint
  • Library Scavenger Hunt
  • Research History Quick Write
  • Library Skills Vocabulary
  • Pathfinder Wiki Project
  • Pathfinder Wiki Rubric
  • Research Proposal
  • Boolean Operators Powerpoint
  • Big 6 Information Problem Solving Model Powerpoint
  • The Big 6 Adventure
  • Free Vs. Invisible Web Powerpoint
  • Student Research Center Activity
  • SIRS Activity
  • Multimedia Databases Activity
  • Teen Health and Wellness Activity
  • OCACA Evaluation Criteria
  • OCACA chart for internet sources
  • OCACA practice for test
  • Print Resources and Webpath Express Activity
  • Graphics Database Activity
    Creating Your Pathfinder Wiki!
  • Pathfinder ChecklistEnd of Course Evaluation

Extended Learning Links

Library Selection Policy

The Board of Directors of the West Liberty Community School District hereby declares it the policy of the District to provide a wide range of instructional materials on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view and to allow review of allegedly inappropriate instructional materials.

The primary objectives of the schools’ educational media centers are to implement, enrich, and support the educational programs of the schools and to aid the individual student in the pursuit of continuing education and the creative use of leisure time. To accomplish these objectives, the media centers will provide a wide range of materials on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal and the presentation of different points of view.

Responsibility for Selection of Materials

The Board of Education in West Liberty is legally responsible for all materials relating to the operation of schools in the District.

The responsibility for the selection of instructional materials is delegated to the professionally trained and certificated staff and media specialists employed by the school district.

“Instructional materials” includes all books, printed materials, and audiovisual materials, whether considered text materials or media center materials.

Certificated media center personnel or designee will coordinate selection of media center materials and make final recommendations for purchase. Suggestions for acquisition may come from a wide range of sources, including administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members.

Responsibility for coordinating the selection of text materials for distribution to classes will rest with the curriculum director in conjunction with the curriculum committee. “Text materials” includes textbooks and other print and non-print material provided in multiple copies for use of a total class or a major segment of a class.

Procedure for Selection

In selecting materials for purchase for the media center, the media specialist will evaluate the existing collection and the curriculum needs and will consult reputable, professionally prepared selection aids and other appropriate sources. Selection aids may include professional journals and lists prepared by teachers, librarians, and other professional groups. Items may be selected that have been personally examined or previewed by teachers, administrators and/or media personnel.

Gift materials and donations may be accepted or rejected pending approval by media center personnel; selection criteria will apply as previously noted in this document.

Vertical file materials, periodicals, pamphlets, and free materials will be part of the collection as they meet the needs of the collection and selection criteria.

Text material

Curriculum committees shall be appointed at the time that text adoption areas are determined. Appropriate subject area and instructional level shall be included in each committee.

Criteria for text materials consistent with the general criteria for materials selection noted in this document shall be developed by the text materials evaluation committee.

Criteria for selection

Selection is an ongoing process which should include the removal of material no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn material still of educational value. All materials–printed, visual and recorded–should be selected for their contribution to the interests and enlightenment of the students and teachers who use them.

To ensure this objective, the following criteria will apply:

  1. Materials shall support and be consistent with the general educational goals of the district and the objectives of specific courses.
  2. Materials shall meet high standards of quality in factual content and presentation.
  3. Materials shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, and social development level of the students for whom the materials are selected.
  4. Materials shall have aesthetic, literary, educational or social value.
  5. Materials chosen shall be by competent and qualified authors.
  6. Materials chosen shall be up-to-date, whenever possible.
  7. Materials may be chosen for their readability and popular appeal.
  8. Materials shall be selected for their strengths rather than rejected for their weaknesses. The selection of materials on controversial issues will be directed toward maintaining a diverse collection representing various views. Inclusion of profanity or frank treatment of sex should not automatically rule out books or other materials. It does, however, necessitate a searching evaluation of the merits–literary quality, truth to life, relevance to the curriculum–that the material in question may possess.
  9. The scope of the collection in each media center will be determined by the grade levels present in the respective building.
  10. Biased or slanted materials may be provided to meet specific curriculum objectives. Furthermore, a writer’s expression of a certain viewpoint is not to be considered a disparagement when it represents the historical or contemporary views held by some persons or groups.
  11. Materials shall be chosen to foster respect for women and minority and ethnic groups, the elderly and handicapped, and shall realistically represent our pluralistic society, along with the roles and life styles open to both women and men in today’s world.Materials shall be designed to help students gain an awareness and understanding of the many important contributions made to our civilization by all minority and ethnic groups. (The community of West Liberty has primarily two minority populations: Hispanic and Southeast Asian. Special care will be taken to reflect these minorities in the collection of media center materials.)
  12. Materials on subjects such as religion should be available; they should be factual, unbiased and broadly representative.
  13. Physical format and appearance of materials shall be suitable for their intended use.
  14. Duplicate copies of some materials may be acquired if there is a perceived need.
  15. Replacement of lost, worn or damaged items will be procured for materials which have continuing educational value.

Approved: 7/21/88 Reviewed: 3/5/07 Revised: 4/16/07


For first-generation college students, their families, and schools, there are many quality resources available both in print and electronic form to provide insight and encouragement to students and to help provide educators and administrators understand how we can support and prepare students to be successful in college. These sources have identified characteristics of many first-generation students, the challenges they face, and factors that contribute to their academic and personal success.

  • Peterson’s Explore Colleges and Universities
    This online reference tool allows students to complete college searches based on criteria such as location, setting, size, type, and religious and ethnic affiliation. It also searches for accredited schools based on degree types, majors, diversity, campus life, and selectivity. Along with this search tool, this reference provides articles on types of financial aid, filling out the FAFSA, timelines for college planning tasks, and an advice center with articles appropriate for both prospective college students and their parents.
  • Iowa College Access Network
    This site is one of the most useful, informative resources for Iowa parents, students, and school counselors. A great place for students and parents to start is the Download tab, which offers college planning checklists for juniors and seniors, a complete list of Iowa Post-secondary institutions, tips for college visits and college success, and various credible resources on financial aid. This section also includes helpful information for high school freshmen and sophomores about academic planning, career exploration, and study strategies. This site features an up-to-date calendar on college fairs and financial aid presentations put on by ICAN.
  • Straight from the Source: What Works for First-Generation College Students.
    Using information from focus groups conducted with first-generation college students previously enrolled in pre-college programs, this Pell Institute report relates findings on helping first-generation college students succeed in college. Teachers and counselors will appreciate the suggestions these students provide on for raising their first-generation students’ aspirations about college. The study emphasizes the importance of involving the family while navigating the college admission process and the transition into college. Characteristics of successful pre-college programs are described, along with strategies schools, parents, and students should employ to increase changes of college success. Students will find this study easy to read and may relate to the first-hand student accounts of their experiences.
  • First in the Family
    Divided into two sections—“Your High School Years” and “Your College Years”—this student-friendly website offers helpful links in a multimedia format. Students can watch videos of first-generation students telling the story of their college journey. The site offers statistics about race, income, and the opportunity gap, planning checklists for each grade of high school, and link to excellent resources for students. Students approaching college will appreciate the audio shows about academic culture shock, balancing work and college studies, peer support, becoming a scholar, and other relevant topics.
  • Student Aid on the Web
    Created by the U.S. Department of Education, this site is offered in both English and Spanish, and gives detailed information about the FAFSA process. Features include finders for scholarships, colleges, and careers, and various links to information about student loans and aid. Both parents and students will find the glossary of financial aid terms helpful in navigating the FAFSA.


  • Iowa AEA Online Databases
    Free resources provided by the AEA.
  • WLHS Proofreading Marks:
    Here are universal proofreading marks to use when assessing student writing.
  • WLHS Universal Writing Rubric
    Use this universal 6-Trait writing rubric to assess student writing. As an electronic document, this rubric may be adapted to fit your course needs.
  • Teacher Librarian Collaboration Form:
    Teachers, this is a form we can use to plan effective collaboration. Ideally, we’ll fill this form out together. I’m excited to collaborate with you. Because the library is like my classroom, this is where I get the opportunity to teach information literacy skills as they relate to your content areas.
  • NING:
    This is a free online service for creating, customizing and sharing your own Social Networks. This is a great tool for online class discussions, quickwrites, and for creating profiles of characters in literature. See Ms. Reishus for an example of how she has used a NING with her library skills class.
  • Voicethread:
    A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and video and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments- using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
  • Guide for Britannica Online
    Three levels of Encyclopedias, multimedia, journal articles, and “Best Web Sites,” this resource replaces the Worldbook Online database.
  • Guide for Culture GramsCultureGrams helps you and your students discover the world with concise cultural and statistical snapshots of every country recognized by the United Nations
  • Guide for GALE
    Offering screened and reliable content from magazines, newspapers, and reference materials, Gale EResources replaces EBSCO resources.
  • Guide for Teen Health and Wellness
    Teen Health and Wellness: Real Life, Real Answersis a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It’s both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.
  • Guide for SoundzaboundSoundzabound offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effectsfor grades K -12 and universities that ensures your copyright safety. Perfect for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling,presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more!
  • Guide for Learn360Great resource for videos, video clips, images, and famous speeches.
  • Guide for AP ImagesThis database contains news and magazine photographs from the Associated Press that can be downloaded for presentations and projects.
  • Guide for Atomic LearningInterested in exploring ways to incorporate technology into your curriculum? Look here for tutorials on countless applications and programs.
  • IClipart
    iCLIPART.com contains over 7.8-million royalty-free clipart images, photos, web graphics, animations, fonts and sounds.
  • Guide for SIRS Issues Researcher(Grades 9-12)
    This is a great collection of reference resources for current leading issues.


he main difference between a movie trailer and a book trailer is that a movie trailer already has visual images to work with – clips from the film. With a book trailer, the maker has to convert the written words into visual images. The trick is to convey a sense of what the book is about without giving anything away.Your booktrailer must include information that reveals your understanding of the following elements within your novel:

  • Main characters
  • Plot–be very careful not to ‘give away’ the climax of the novel
  • Setting
  • Theme
  • Tone/mood

How to Get Started

  • Storyboard your ideas out. This will make your project much easier. Click here to download a storyboard template.
  • Find your images and audio clips. Start by creating some folders to organize your media. In your t:drive, create a Book Trailer folder. Within the Book Trailer folder, create a Image Files folder and a Sound Files folder. Here are some places to find images and sound without breaking copyright laws:
  • Open Windows Movie Maker. If you areunfamiliar with Movie Maker, click here for a Movie Maker help sheet.

This project aimsto develop the following skills:

  • Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
  • Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view,use, and assess.
  • Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
  • Respect copyright / intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information.

Sample Book Trailers:


This is a database widely used in colleges and universities for research: iowaaeaonline.org (see librarian for password information)

Within the EBSCO Full-Text Magazine Database, your most helpful databases for scholarly articles about psychology will be:

  • Academic Search Elite
  • MAS-Ultra School Edition

Tips for searching the EBSCO Full-Text Magazine database:

  • Try your search using both ________________________ and Find all my search terms modes.
  • Check the Apply Related Words box. This will allow your search to include______________ for your key words.
  • Limit your results by checking the Full Text box.

Tips for navigating through your results list:

  • Use the Subject Heading and Thesaurus Term suggestions in the Narrow your results sidebar.
  • To narrow your results, use the Publication Date scroll bar in the Limit your results sidebar.
  • Use the Add to Folder feature under each result.

Use the “Add to Folder” Feature:

  • Click on Folder at the top of the screen and then Create an Account.
  • You will now be able to collect sources for easy retrieval by clicking on Add to Folder.

Accessing Citations in this database:

  • On the right hand side of the screen, click on Cite.


Use Google Scholar to find scholarly articles and excerpts from books.Use Google Books to find excerpts from books or read books for free. After clicking on Browse books and magazines », choose Literary Criticism. Add the title or author you are researching in the search bar after Subject: “Literary Critcism”. (Example: Subject: “Literary Criticism” Beloved. )

If you find a book you would like to use as a source, simply click on the cover, and copy and paste the ISBN into Easybib.


OperatorsMeaningType Into Search Box (& Results)
+ – * /basic arithmetic12 + 34 – 56 * 7 / 8
% ofpercentage of45% of 39
^ or **raise to a power2^5 or 2**5
old units in new unitsconvert units300 Euros in USD,
OperatorsMeaningType Into Search Box (& Results)
site:Search only one website or domain.Halloween site:www.census.gov
(Search for information on Halloween gathered by the US Census Bureau.)
[#]..[#]Search within a range of numbers.Dave Barry pirate 2002..2006
(Search for Dave Barry articles mentioning pirates written in these years.)
(or ext:)
Find documents of the specified type.Form 1098-T IRS filetype:pdf
(Find the US tax form 1098-T in PDF format.)
link:Find linked pages, i.e., show pages that point to the URL.link:warriorlibrarian.com
(Find pages that link to Warrior Librarian‘s website.)
OperatorsMeaningType Into Search Box (& Results)
(or books)
Search full-text of books.book Ender’s Game
(Show book-related information.
Note: No colon needed after book.)
define:Provide definitions for words, phrases, and acronyms from the Web.define:kerning
(Find definitions for kerning from the Web.)
subject:Search within a subjectsubject: “Literary Criticism” bluest eye
(Search for literary criticism on “The Bluest Eye”
movie:Find reviews and showtimes.movie: traffic
(Search for information about this movie, including reviews, showtimes, etc.)
stocks:Given ticker symbols, show stock informationstocks: goog
(Find Google’s current stock price.)
weatherGiven a location (US zip code or city), show the weatherweather Seattle WA, weather 81612
(Show the current weather and forecast.
Note: No colon after weather.)
OperatorsMeaningType Into Search Box (& Results)
cache:Display Google’s cached version of a web page.cache:www.irs.gov
(Show Google’s cached version of the US Internal Revenue Service home page.)
(or id:)
Find info about a page.info:www.theonion.com
(Find information about The Onion website.)
related:List web pages that are similar or related to the URL.related:www.healthfinder.gov
(Find websites related to the Healthfinder website.)
OperatorsMeaningType Into Search Box (& Results)
inanchor:Terms must appear in anchor text of links to the page.restaurants Portland inanchor:kid-friendly
(Search for pages on Portland restaurants for which links to the page say they are “kid friendly.”)
allintext:All query words must appear in the text of the page.allintext:ingredients cilantro chicken lime
(Search for recipes with these three ingredients.)
intext:The terms must appear in
the text of the page.
Dan Shugar intext:Powerlight
(Find pages mentioning Dan Shugar where his company, Powerlight, is included in the text of the page, i.e., less likely to be from the corporate website.)
allintitle:All query words must appear in the title of the page.allintitle: Google Advanced Operators
(Search for pages with titles containing “Google,” “Advanced,”, and “Operators”.)
intitle:The terms must appear in the title of the page.movies comedy intitle:top ten
(Search for pages with the words movie and comedy that include top ten in the title of the page.)
allinurl:All query words must appear in the URL.allinurl:pez faq
(Search for pages containing the words pez & faq in the URL.)
OperatorsMeaningType Into Search Box (& Results)
location:Find News articles from sources located in the specified location.queen location:uk
(Find British news articles on the Queen.)
source:Find News articles from specified sources.peace source:ha_aretz
(Show articles on peace from the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz.)


Choose Resources by Subject: http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/

Some helpful databases for Honors and AP Lit can be found in the:

  • Literary Criticism
    The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
  • World Book Club
    A discussion with world authors about their most famous works
  • Dictionary of Symbolism
    Explanations for commonly used symbolism in literature. Searchable.
  • The Literary Encyclopedia
    A source for descriptive profiles on thousands of English Language writers, works, and topics. These profiles are reviewed and edited by an editorial board.
  • LitLinks
    Includes short biographies and web links to resources for a multitude of authors, past and present. Search for authors or browse alphabetically by last name.
  • A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism, and Philology
    Bibliography with over 20,000 entries dedicated to the study of literary theory and criticism of authors writing in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Also covers linguistics, cultural studies, discourse analysis, and general philology.
  • Poetry Foundation
    Contains a vast amount of information on poetry and poets including search tool for poetry, reading guide and online journal, and provides many resources for events related to poetry.
  • Poet’s Corner
    “Explore the lives, works and influences of two-score and ten of the world’s most beloved and oft’ studied poets.” Includes biographies, a timeline, a quiz, and other activities.
  • Scansion
    A tool to help speakers read poems aloud with ease and confidence. Users learn to “scan” a line of poetry to understand it rhythmically.
  • Modern American Poetry
    Aims to provide “a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time.” Includes biographical information, bibliographies, criticism, commentary, and links to online copies of works on major modern American poets.science

Helpful Databases for AP Science Courses can be found by clicking on the Science and Technology Databases



  • Purdue University OWL (online writing lab)This is one of the most comprehensive sites on writing available on the web.
  • Graphic Organizers: This site offers graphic organizer templates for your pre-writing activities.
  • Sentence Patterns: This OWL site explains eight basic sentence patterns.
  • Tutor.com: Submit your essay to this site for feedback. You must have your library card number to use this site. If you do not know or do not have a library card, contact the West Liberty Public Library.
  • Wordle.net: Create a wordle to identify patterns in your writing. Or, enter in a research article to identify main ideas.
  • Thesis Development: This OWL Purdue site will assist you in developing the foundation of your esssay, the thesis statement.
  • What is a Thesis?: This site provides a quick, easy-to-follow guide on writing a thesis statement.





  • Diigo: This tool allows you to save, organize, and mark-up the web resources you find while conducting research.
  • Here is a great YouTube video that explains how Diigo can be used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RvAkTuL02A
  • See the librarian for a Diigo tutorial as this is a fantastic new tool!


  • Evernote: This free online note-taking tool allows you to save, organize, and edit the notes you take.
  • Google Docs: This site features collaboration among multiple users, a publishing feature, and integration with Google Bookmarks.


  • Voicethread: Upload images or your powerpoint presentation and then narrate your presentation slides! See Ms. Reishus for a tutorial if you have any questions.
  • Creative Commons: writers, musicians, educators share their work for you to use in your presentations. A great place for images!
  • Slideshare: provides a way to share already created Powerpoint presentations online, tag them, email them, get comments on them, and get html code for embedding them to your own blog, wiki or website. You can add audio, notes, and even YouTube videos to your Powerpoint presentations in SlideShare.
  • Glogster: Create an interactive online poster with links, photos, text, stickers, sound, music, animation and more


  • Q. How long may I check out library materials?
    • A. Books and movies may be checked out for a loan period of two weeks. Current issues of magazines must stay on the library magazine rack; however, back issues may be checked out for one week.
  • Q. May library materials be renewed?
    • A. Books and magazines may be renewed, as long as another student has not placed a reserve on these materials. Please bring these materials into the library to be renewed by library staff.
  • Q. Am I charged fines for overdue materials?
    • A. You are not be charged fines for overdue materials. However, you must return your overdue materials before you are able to check out new materials.
  • Q. Am I responsible for renewing library materials checked out for class assignments?
    • A. Yes. If your class has books checked out for SSR, class texts, or projects, you are responsible for renewing these materials.
  • Q. What happens if I lose or damage library materials?
    • A. You will be charged for the replacement cost of lost or damaged library materials.
  • Q. How do I access the online databases (i.e. Student Researcher, SIRS, Worldbook Web, Teen Health and Wellness, etc.) from home?
    • A. You can access these databases anywhere you have an internet connection. Simply click on the AEA Online Database quicklink on the home Library page. Select the database you wish to use, and enter our school”s login ID and password. You may obtain these from the librarian or from the brochures on the library checkout desk. Please see the librarian if you would like a personal tutorial on using these terrific resources.
  • Q. What if there is a book that I would like our library to purchase?
    • A. The librarian loves to hear your book suggestions and purchases most materials that are recommended to her. Just fill out the online Book Recommendation Form on this website. If there is a book that you would like to read that doesn”t fit our selection criteria, she will help you locate the book to check out from another library.
  • Q. What else can I do in the library besides check out books?
    • A. Work collaboratively on projects ~ conduct personal and academic research with our print and digital resources ~ study or work on homework ~ read a magazine or newspaper ~ ask Mrs Butcher or a peer to review a paper or presentation ~ get homework help ~ share or get book recommendations from your peers, teachers, and librarian ~ recommend a title to Mrs Butcher for the next book order~ brainstorm ideas for class projects, essays, and presentations ~ meet new people ~ seek advice ~ share ideas ~ expand your mind…
  • Q. How may I use library computers?
    • A. Library computers may be used for academic or personal research, class assignments, and educational use. Library computers may not be used for gaming or social networking (Facebook, Myspace, etc.)