General Library Info

Jeanne Swedo, MLIS
Library Media Specialist
949.493.9014 (direct line)

Regular Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Afterschool schedule - Day & Teacher On-Duty (4pm-6pm):
Monday: Dr. Kilduff (Science Dept.)

Tuesday: Mr. Larson (Science Dept.)
Wednesday: Sr. Williams (Foreign Language Dept.)
Thursday: Sr. Williams (1st semester), Mr. Larson (2nd semester)

Special Schedule Days:

On Special Schedule Days, the library will be open one hour after dismissal.

Exception: Days when a faculty meeting is scheduled. On those days the library will close at the time of dismissal.
Tips from Ms. Swedo - Library Media Specialist
Spanish Language Students - Need Homework Help?
My two favorite websites to help you with your Spanish homework are (1) for help with translation: SpanishDict; (2) for help with verb conjugation:

New / Free Technology
My latest favorites of free technology on the Internet:
Kizoa - Link. Kizoa can be used to develop slideshow tours from photographs. You can also do photo editing, make collages, and incorporate other special effects with your photos. Schools, including colleges, are using Kizoa to develop campus or library tours.

Newspaper Front Pages
This is a cool new webpage that provides front pages from nationwide newspapers. See Newseum.
Library Standards added to the California Frameworks
The California Department of Education approved the new model standards which have been added to the ed code to delineate frameworks for library instruction based on grade level, similar to the frameworks already in place for other subject areas. Here is a link to the Press Release from Jack O'Connell, Superintendent for Public Instruction: Press Release. Here is a link to the California Model School Library Standards, see this link: CDE Standards. Assessment has already been added to JSerra's information literacy instruction program. The librarian grades research portions of student papers. Assessment is also conducted with 9th grade and 12th students using Kent State's  TRAILS online assessment. For more information about TRAILS, see this link: TRAILS.
CyberSafety and Digital Citizenship
JSerra Library instruction includes assisting our students and their families with creating a positive digital footprint. With more universities and employers screening Internet webpages and social networking sites, it is vital for students to be aware of the content they are posting online and its potential impact on their reputation and their future. A new link was added to the Digital Citizenship webpage here on the JSerra library site. See this new resource for parents to help protect your student's privacy on Facebook: Connect Safely. There are many good programs available for families to educate themselves regarding these issues. One such program is NetCetera - OnGuard Online - which is a governmental program. 

Why the College Library is an Important Element in your College Choice
Here is a great article about getting to know the college library when you are visiting colleges you might like to attend. Libraries are typically the hub of a campus. This article from U.S. News & World Report (June 17, 2010) will give you some things to think about when considering the university you want to attend for four years. Click link for article: College Libraries.
JSerra Textbooks

If you are looking for textbook lists, textbook purchase, or textbook buyback information, click here.

Textbook Info

2015-2016 New Password for JSerra Research Databases
Students can get the new login information for the NoodleTools / Research Database library webpage from their English teacher or from the librarian. If you have any questions, please contact your librarian, Ms. Swedo, at I do answer emails in the evenings up to 9:00pm.
Library (OPAC) Catalog

Click here to go to the Library (OPAC) Catalog.

NoodleTools & Research Databases

Contact Ms. Swedo for the login and pasword information for the Database & NoodleTools page. You will need a login to access this page.

Click here to go to Database & NoodleTools!

Library Orientation
Click here to go to the Library Orientation page.
Selecting Good Sources
Click here to go to Selecting Good Sources.
How to Establish the Authority of a Webpage
Click here to learn more on establishing the authority of a webpage!
Genocide Research Project
Click here to obtain more details on the Genocide Research Project.
Freshman Research Paper 2015 - Institutional Discrimination
Click here to go to Freshman Research Paper 2014 - Institutional Discrimination.
Citation Help
Click here to go to Citation Help.
New Library Card Phone App

The new Library catalog is available on your mobile device through the App Store!

If you wish to access the JSerra Library catalog and use your library account on your mobile device, follow these steps:

  1. See your librarian for a library account (be ready with your student ID number)
  2. Go to the App Store on your device
  3. Search for Destiny Quest
  4. Install the App (it's free)
  5. After installation, click on the "Destiny Quest" icon to open the App
  6. Enter JSerra Library's URL:
  7. Enter your account user name and password, and begin searching the Library Catalog!

If you need assistance, please contact Ms. Swedo at 949.493.9014 or

JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308

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