CUIP is pleased to be engaged in some tech support and setup work at Beasley Academic Center. Working closely with Assistant Principal Ms. Jaidah Wilson and Media Center Specialist (Librarian) Mr. Chris Dowell, CUIP has been assembling some of the school’s older and some newer computers into a working Library Computer Lab.
The school’s plan for the Library also includes enrolling it in the CPS-wide SOAR web-based library automation system, initiated and managed by CPS’s Department of Libraries. CUIP anticipates helping Beasley with the “retrospective conversion” process used to enter their current holdings into the SOAR database.
Mr. Dowell has already begun using the Library Computer Lab with classes, leading them to helpful web sites explaining the use of libraries. When the SOAR enrollment is complete, the student stations will get links to the SOAR online catalog specific to the school, and the teacher/librarian station adjacent to the Library Lab will be set up for live operation of the SOAR circulation system.