CJ Joins Catholic Library Consortium

In the spirit of Catholic Schools Week, CJ is proud to announce its partnership with the Dayton Deanery Libraries Consortium.

The Dayton Deanery Libraries Consortium consists of a coalition of six local grade schools and two area high schools. The group was formed by eight librarians from each school for the 2013-14 school year to promote collaboration and help better meet the needs of students.

"Our goal is to have one centralized library system and to bring other Catholic schools together to share resources and knowledge," said Gina Harrington, director of library services at CJ. The system uses Follet Software to enable students to access and search all of the school's Web-based databases, catalogs and research services.

The consortium's aim is to reduce duplication of services, help students transition from elementary to high school through their familiarity with common resources, and support teachers by better integrating the kinds of critical thinking and literacy skills found within the Common Core Standards.

Fellow member schools include Ascension, Incarnation, Mother Brunner, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Christopher, St. Helen and Alter High School.

Also new to the library this year is the addition of a mobile Chromebook Lab for students and teachers. The lab includes 28 Google Chromebook laptop computers which help accommodate mixed-grade classes. The devices supplement desktop computers available in the Library and Writing Labs, and also provide extra opportunities for students working before or after school in the Eagles Learning Center.