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Library & Media Arts

Welcome to Library and Instructional Media

The primary goal of the Library Media Department is to help develop information-literate students. Such students are able to locate information in a variety of formats (including text-based, audiovisual, computer formatted, and web-based). Information literacy is best taught through the integration of library media skills into subject-specific activities, including research papers, projects, computer generated presentations, etc. Using methods including the Big Six Steps of research, the library media specialist's goal is to work cooperatively with staff and students to develop activities that reinforce and expand classroom learning. The Library Media Department is under the direction of Tania Connor.

Online School Library Catalogs

Please find the library catalogs for each school at the Somerville Follett Destiny library site

Acceptable use of Technology at Somerville Public Schools

Somerville Public Schools has outlined clear guidelines for media and internet use. Please visit the Technology Department webpage to learn more.

#HourofCode: Keep Coding!

Each year, all SPS students across the district take part in the annual Somerville Hour of Code celebration. Keep learning to code with these great online tutorials and we'll see you at next year's Hour of Code event!

Online Research Resource Websites

APA Citation Style Guide: Online reference guide for using the APA citation style in research projects

Ask a Librarian: An online reference service from the Library of Congress

Awesome Library: Awesome Library organizes the web with 23,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.

Destiny Library Catalog

Internet Library for Librarians: A Portal Designed for Librarians to Locate Internet Resources Related to Their Profession. A Popular Information Resource Site for Librarians Since 1994.

Library Spot: Find the best library and reference resources at, including top dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, quotations, and much more.

Minuteman Library Network: Search the Somerville Public Library Catalogs to get additional information and sources for research projects

MLIN: Massachusetts Library Information Network

Somerville High School InfoTrac: InfoTrac research service for Somerville High School

The Library of Congress: Get it Online...Words, Pictures, Sounds...More Than a Library

World Book Encyclopedia Online: Online encyclopedia fully referenced for student research