Library and Technology Information
Metro's library contains about 5000 books. Stop by the library to see all these books or use the to search for a specific book.
The library also has MackinVIA ebooks and audio books. Students can read or listen at home, on the bus or at Metro using a tablet, phone or computer. MackinVIA is now part of Canvas. Logging into Canvas also logs in to MackinVIA ebooks and audio books.
Metro's Library has a non-fiction and fiction section and some smaller collections such as graphic novels and the Bluford Series. Biographies are kept in the non-fiction section. Metro uses the Dewey Decimal system to organize or shelve books. All library books have a call number on the book's spine- the call number identifies the book and it's place on the shelf.
- Non-fiction books are organized/shelved by call numbers 000 up to 999.
- Fiction books are organized/shelved by call numbers that are actually alphabetical, the first three letters of the author's last name.
Non-fiction call numbers are defined by the Dewey Decimal System. The ten main classes are:
- 000 Computer science, information & general works
- 100 Philosophy & psychology
- 200 Religion
- 300 Social sciences
- 400 Language
- 500 Science
- 600 Technology
- 700 Arts & recreation
- 800 Literature
- 900 History & geography
Fiction is shelved or arranged alphabetically by author's last name-only the first three letters. For example at the beginning of the fiction section books by Douglas Adams have the call numbers FIC Ada. In the middle of the fiction section books by Walter Dean Meyers have the call numbers FIC Mey. At the end of the fiction section books by Markus Zusak have the call numbers FIC Zus.
Online Resources and Databases and
Free and unlimited access at home, work or school. These resources require a log in and password, get this from Metro staff. The Grant Wood Area Education Agency arranges these resources for students and staff of the Cedar Rapids Community School District.
If you are tired of try these other Search Engines:
Metro provides desktops, laptops and tablets for on campus student and staff use. They're all touch screen. The laptops and tablets are kept in 6 tech carts strategically placed throughout Metro.
Student usernames: Usernames begin with 2 random numbers then some form of first initials and last name. If you forget your permanent username ask Mo in the library, or Kirstin near the gym. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year a student keeps the same username as long as they are a student in the Cedar Rapids Schools.
Student emails: Each student in the district has a school email account. Your school email is your username followed by @cr.k12.ia.us. An example: Jane Smith's username is 63jsmith, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student passwords: Passwords have to be 8 digits and use 3 of these four things:
- a lowercase letter
- a capital letter
- a number
- a symbol such as %&^*
Passwords have to be changed occasionally to keep profiles secure. Examples of passwords: Sh123456, CARs2324, !Octobe7.
New in 2017, the district added a self serve password option for staff, middle and high school students. This self -serve option was introduced to Metro students in the January 27th Advisor group Power Point. Users are required to register for the self-serve password option. See Kirstin, by the gym, for help with this.
Connecting to the network: Students can access the district GUEST network on their phones, devices or laptops. Choose the CRCSD Guest Wi-Fi network. Log in just as you log in to a district machine with your district username and current password.
Canvas from home: Open Canvas https://crcsd.instructure.com/ the correct link is on the Metro and district website. Log in using your district email -that's your username with @cr.k12.ia.us added- and your current password. If you have issues logging in you may need to update your password or check your Canvas address.