The Macks Upper School Library and Media Center, with a collection of approximately 10,000 books and audiovisual materials in both General Studies and Judaics, is at the heart of the Beth Tfiloh mission to inspire the mind and nourish the soul. The 2,000-square-foot, light-filled space offers access to our online library catalog, databases, and eBooks on both the middle and high school levels; these resources can also be used off campus. The databases provide students with full-text access to thousands of periodicals and other reference sources on virtually any research topic. There are also a number of databases students can use at home that are provided through the Baltimore County Public Library system. Access to these public library databases is available to anyone with a Baltimore County Public Library card. (Students who reside outside of Baltimore County have access to these resources through our school library card.) To create a bibliography (list of works cited), students can use Noodletools, which will generate entries in either MLA or APA format.
The Library also has state-of-the-art computer and audiovisual equipment available to students and faculty: desktop computers, LCD projectors, laptops, and a cart with 24 iPad Minis that are used for a variety of projects. There are also a number of TV//DVD/VCR units, a multi-system unity that is compatible with PAL format to show Israeli and foreign language films, several overhead projectors and two screens.
The Library offers access to a wealth of Judaic texts and commentaries online and in print. To search for Judaic subjects on the Internet, try the databases listed at the end of the section on online resources, or ask the librarian for assistance.
Our periodical and newspaper subscriptions, on both secular and Judaic subjects, are arranged on open shelves next to a reading area in the front of the library and can be checked out by both students and faculty.
Students visit the library for assistance on research projects, to look for books, or to study. Mrs. Shira London, the librarian, is available to assist students from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and until 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. You can reach Mrs. London by email or by phone at 410-413-2414. Mr. Jeffrey Amdur, assistant to the librarian, staffs the library on Monday – Thursday from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
We are always adding new fiction and nonfiction titles. Do you have a book in mind that you think the library should own? Book suggestions are always appreciated! Please email suggestions to the librarian or print out the book suggestion form and either email it or bring it in to school and put it in Mrs. London’s mailbox in the High School office.
Our Middle School students have ongoing access to valuable technology resources to enhance their classroom experience in a wide variety of ways. This program is supported by an enthusiastic and tech savy Middle School faculty and administration, who have developed best practices for the use of computers in the classroom.
In order to effectively integrate technology into the Middle School curriculum, computers are made available to students when and where they need them. Having computers, overhead projectors and network resources available in every Middle School classroom allows teachers to integrate the use of technology into their lessons in meaningful ways.
Each 5th grade classroom is equipped with Flipit Desks to provide ongoing access to valuable technology resources to enhance their classroom experience and build technology skills. This configuration allows a teacher to use a traditional classroom environment and convert to a full computer lab in seconds. Our students in Grades 6 through 8 have access to laptop computers available on a mobile laptop cart. Our Middle School classrooms are equipped with wireless network projectors that will allow a teacher to connect and project within seconds.
All students in Grades 5 through 12 are entitled to a free license of Office 365 and the Office Professional suite, for their home computers, which is made available through our school-wide license.
Our technology infrastructure includes a school-wide wireless network, with load balancing, content filtlering, and redundant connections.