Opening Educational Doors at PSU’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons

January 13th, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
If introducing school children to new ideas is the basis for education, then Plymouth Elementary School’s eighth grade took a big step forward in understanding their world
with a January 12 visit to PSU’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons. More than 50 PES students were taught fundamental computer database research methods by library staff, skills that could help them for the rest of their lives. Anne Lebreche, Lamson Library Outreach Librarian, said the internet is an invaluable research tool, but it needs to be used correctly.

students at computer
Plymouth Elementary School eighth grader Ellie Dimick, right, learns how to research information in a recent training session at Plymouth State University’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons. More than 50 PES students attended the session, which teaches students research skills and finding trustworthy databases on the internet

“Exposing kids to a variety of credible information resources is critical, instead of them just haphazardly pulling anything off the internet,” said Lebreche. “My hope is these students will be lifelong users and supporters of libraries.”

PES teacher Paula Tanner agreed, saying the students have to know how to sort through untrustworthy information.

“It’s extremely important, being exposed to this,” said Tanner. “It’s given them a step-up in the whole research process.”

Ellie Dimick, PES eighth grader, said it was surprisingly easy to navigate through different areas to get information.

“It’s fun to do this,” said Dimick. “I know how to get the information I need now, and that’s big.”

As residents of Plymouth, the students can access the library free of charge year-round. Carolyn Ebner said that really appeals to her.

“I didn’t know much about the library, but now that I know how it works I might come back for the resources here,” Ebner said.

The PES eighth grade visit to Lamson was started last year as a community outreach effort aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the value of library resources. The Lamson Library and Learning Commons contains nearly 350,000 volumes of catalogued material, which is the largest in northern New Hampshire.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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