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Innovation & Design Center

Linda Conway
Director, Innovation and Design Center

Contact us at: 303-387-0600

Staff Directory

Hours
7:30 - 4:30 Monday - Thursday
7:30 - 3:30 Friday

 

Innovation and Design Center
985 S. Plum Creek Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Fax: 303-387-0601

 

Providing access to quality resources, information and training to enhance 21st century instruction and student achievement

District Library Media Programming creates World Class Libraries in all Douglas County Schools, shifting the perception from library as storage facility to a learning commons as a nationwide model. The learning commons facilitates the production, sharing, organizing, finding, and use of information in a collaborative environment that enhances 21st century learning.

 

 Douglas County Partnership 

Through a partnership with Douglas County Libraries (DCL), District Library Media Programming is able to offer every student in a Douglas County unlimited access to select DCL databases. DCL is an independent library district that serves the residents of Douglas County from 7 locations: Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Louviers, Parker, and Roxborough. Douglas County Libraries are passionate advocates for literacy and lifelong learning, and through engagement, education, and entertainment, the library transforms lives and builds community. The Douglas County Libraries is currently ranked (by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings) as the number one public library in the United States for its population (250,000-500,000).

 

The District Library Media Programming goal is to have World Class Libraries in all Douglas County Schools

This requires a shift in the perception that the library is just a place to store and check-out books. This new learning space is known as a Learning Commons. This 21st century library :

  • is staffed with Highly Effective Teacher-Librarians 
  • has support staff
  • maintains a flexible schedule 
  • has Teacher-Librarians collaborating with classroom teachers
  • extends the hours beyond the school day
  • has Teacher - Librarians providing in-service training to other staff members
  • has larger and newer collections to include digital resources
  • has more visits from students 
  • has flexible learning spaces with flexible furniture
  • has technology available for learning
  • has collaborative spaces for different learning purposes
  • and yes learning commons still have print books

Teacher - Librarians provide students with the resources they need for research and they teach the Information Literacy skills students need to be college and work-force ready. Library instruction should not be done in isolation from what teachers are teaching in their classroom. 

Services

eBook and Database Support

Educational Software Support

Innovation Lab

Collection Alignment & Balance

MakerSpace & Technology Learning Lab 

DCSD Databases (click on the links below)

                       

 

Databases Provided by Douglas County Libraries

When accessing these resources from home, you must login using your Douglas County Library card. 

Primary Databases


Britannica Library for Children provides current events and primary sources for K-6.


Britannica Learning Zone supports classroom curriculum and helps Pre-K through second grade students build technology skills.


Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture and chapter books for children, accompanied by educational games and activities.  


Provides a unique blend of one-to-one homework help, state-aligned skills building, test preparation, and writing assistance.


Offers a Kids, States, and Provinces editions featuring photo and slideshow galleries, videos, interviews, recipes, famous people biographies, and graphs and tables.


 Hosts the World Almanac for Kids, a database covering topics such as inventions, countries, states, presidents, and religions. Also contains sections on space and animals which include more extensive depth of coverage, making them useful for simple research projects. Additional areas include a selection of online games, quizzes, and activities, as well as a U.S. history timeline.


 

 

 

General Reference

LibrarySpot -- Virtual reference library resource center

INFOMINE - Features Scholarly Internet Resource Collections spanning all areas of inquiry

Health Sciences & Medicine

PubMed - Provides access to MEDLINE, NLM's database of citations, abstracts, and full texts related in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences

Natural Sciences

PubChem - Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules.

Humanities

Internet Archive - Offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format

 

Digital Public Library of America - Provides ability to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, format, and topic

Project Gutenberg - Multi-format digital library of eBooks

International Children’s Library - A collection of digitized children's books from around the world

United for Literacy - Offers emergent readers everywhere free online access to a global library of age-appropriate picture books that may be read and listened to in an ever expanding number of languages. 

Secondary Databases


Britannica Library for Young Adults provides current events and primary sources for grades 7-12.


Explora Middle School is designed specifically for middle school students. Keyword search or browse by topic to find information on a variety of topics.


Explora for High School by EBSCOhost is designed specifically for high school students. Keyword search or browse by topic to find information on a variety of topics.


Provides a unique blend of one-to-one homework help, state-aligned skills building, test preparation, and writing assistance


Historical Research

Spans a multitude of subject areas such as U.S. history, world history, language and literature, science and technology, careers, social issues, and many others.


Delivers outstanding research support with 600,000+ biographical entries on more than 528,000 individuals.


In depth resources about cultural aspects of societies and nations.

Literary Research

Rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies.

Current Events

Supports research on a wide variety of subject areas, including sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, women’s studies, human rights, English composition and many more


Helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.


Scientific Research

EBSCOhost

Comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats

The single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Subject Directories

Indexes vetted and authoratative internet resources on a wide variety of subjects; enables user to keyword search or browse its database.
Browse by topic to find vetted resources and descriptions.
Browse a multilingual open content directory of World Wide Web links organized by subject.
Web search site designed for kids by librarians - with kid-friendly results.
Organizes 37,000 carefully reviewed resources for K-12 teachers, students, parents, and librarians.
 

Safe Search for Kids

Kid-friendly, Google Safe powered search engine for younger learners. 
Teaches learners how to correctly use a search engine and how to refine their searches. 

 

 

The Primary and Secondary Databases are provided thanks to the Douglas County Libraries (DCL). Students can find more, personal research assistance by visiting the DCL locations.