Discus News

South Carolina’s Virtual Library Launches New SmartSearch Enhancements

New enhancements make it easier than ever for state residents of all ages to use Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library.  SmartSearch, the tool that allows researchers to conduct a single search and retrieve information from numerous electronic resources in the Discus collection, is now powered by EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). 

Discus Welcomes New Staff

Patricia Sinclair

The State Library is pleased to announce that Patricia Sinclair has joined the library as the new Electronic Resources Coordinator.  Patricia will direct the overall operations of the library’s electronic resources, including Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library. 

Discus, Library Skills and...a Game Show?!

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by Janice Grathen, Media Specialist, Aiken County Public School District

During the current school year, the students at New Ellenton Middle School in the Aiken County Public School District have been learning about their school library and Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library.  

Students face big challenges when doing research and using general Internet search tools like Google, Yahoo, and Bing to find information.  They often find that:

Aiken County Public School District Students Thank Legislators

New Ellenton Middle School Media Specialist Janice Grathen goes the extra mile when working with her students as they use the Discus resources in their research.  After locating the information they need in a Discus database, the students write thank-you letters to legislators who represent Aiken County in the South Carolina General Assembly.

Prize Winners at the 2014 SCASL Conference

The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) gathered in Columbia last week for its 39th annual conference with a theme of Leadership @ Your Library.   The SCASL conference provided many opportunities for professional growth, networking, and reflection on the role of school librarians in South Carolina.  Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library and the State Library were represented in the exhibit hall and in the sessions. 

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