As you may know, we have been trialing EBSCO Explora databases for the past month. After an extremely successful uptake, with more than 2,702 searches since the beginning of the trial (end of January) we were also happy to see that students have accessed the platform 118 times from home.

We have therefore decided to subscribe to the full package which includes access to primary, middle, and diploma years (advanced) resources, as well as a Science Reference Center.


Explora is EBSCO’s research interface designed specifically for students and educators. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

These links work only from within the school without a password.

Find out more on their website or ask your librarian!

Preparing for the EE

On the February 28th February and 7th March grade 11 as part of their Extended Essay preparation attended a workshop hosted by the Württembergische State Library. The workshop is aimed specifically at students studying for the Abitur/IB.

With 3.8 million holdings the Wuertemberg State Library houses one of the largest collections in the state after the University Libraries of Freiburg, Heidelberg and Tuebingen.

As well an introduction to the services offered the students were given useful tips on how to pepare themselves for online searching, shown how to search the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) for both print and digital information and how to access the huge database collection.

Many thanks to the Landesbibliothek Stuttgart who kindly offered the workshop in English language for the first time.

Our donated books made it to Uganda!

A message from our contact at heart4children:

Now, after return in Germany I will say very special thanks for the books who we become from you Mark, and also very special thanks for showing our Library in Osia.

I promised to make a Kontakt between these two Libraries in Germany and Uganda.

So Mark, Julia is the Person who makes the new Library with your Books in the School at heart4children. I hope it is useful that you have Kontakt because we are so happy that you donate the books for these Projekt. Think the children will love that.

I also have a new Picture, that I took at the Library two weeks ago.WP_20180202_10_40_45_Pro

Please have good and blessed Kontakt.


Jürgen Schwarz

Welcome to the new school year!

The Learning Commons team is excited to welcome everyone back for the 2017/18 school year! We hope that everyone has had a relaxing summer, even if you may have been moving or busy with other projects.

Please feel free to stop by our libraries anytime – staff, students, and parents! We are here to help!

For those of you who are new, we are:

  • Lydia Rickard- Degerloch Lower School and working with grades 6-8 students
  • Mark Lawrence- Degerloch Upper School and working with grades 9-12 students
  • Matthew Rose- Sindelfingen Whole Campus
  • Anja Junginger- Whole School Digital Learning Support and LC team coordination

For parents, we are always looking for volunteers! Please stop by if you are interested.


Donations wanted!

The ISS Learning Commons team have over the last few years been contributing to the library collection of a children’s home/school in Uganda organised by a charity called Heart for Children.  They provide a home and schooling for orphans from all over Africa.  We have donated many of our unwanted library books and the charity has gratefully accepted.

They will be shipping a container at the end of April 2017 and have asked if we have any donations to make.  If you have any unwanted Children’s books please bring them to the Upper, Lower or SIFI School Library from now until before the Easter break.

The books should be in relatively good condition.  We CANNOT accept Textbooks or Adult books.

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Maybe you would even like to buy a new book at the book fair and donate this!

For more information about the charity Heart for Children please view the following website.