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School Library

A catalyst for literacy and reading
School Library
A catalyst for literacy and reading
OTHER PHOTOS

Our school library is central to learning and plays a key role as a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem solving. It is a catalyst for literacy and reading, and for teaching and scaffolding inquiry learning. A school library makes a difference to students’ understanding and achievement and provides support for learning and teaching throughout the school.

Learning and Teaching

Our library:

  • provides a model for inquiry learning and building knowledge and confidence in seeking and processing information; it is pivotal to developing ‘21st century learners’
  • is a fundamental resource for supporting students’ learning, and a key support for teaching staff
  • reflects and encourages collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas
Literacy and Reading

A school library is a place for learning and thinking, and plays a key role in supporting and developing enjoyment of reading and multiple literacies.

Key Competencies

Our school library promotes and models a range of key competencies.

Thinking

Through using the school library:

  • students develop questioning skills and become creative and critical thinkers; they become active seekers and users of information
  • students become competent constructors of knowledge, and use the library and its resources to find information to help solve problems and to develop an understanding of the world and “worlds” beyond their immediate experiences
  • all learners develop and use searching skills effectively based on careful choice of information i.e. students and educators learn to discriminate useful and valid information relevant to their task
  • all learners are encouraged to reflect on their own learning and to challenge their own assumptions and perceptions
  • curiosity and creativity are encouraged
Using Language, Symbols and Texts
  • as part of our school improvement plan, the school library will include an ever-widening range of genre and text types, and different media: books, magazines, newspapers, and online resources
  • through building library-specific vocabulary, students broaden their language and understanding of library terms
  • students use a variety of media in the library and select the best media for their context and message when sharing learning with their peers and teachers
  • the library collection and environment reflect awareness of and empathy with a variety of cultures and languages
Managing Self / Participating & Contributing

Our school library:

  • provides a safe environment where students are empowered to take the lead, or work as a group with others taking the initiative; it encourages open forums, informed learning, discussion and debate
  • continues to develop layout, signage and systems to enable library users to be supported and facilitate responsible library use
  • creates opportunities for collaborative book sharing and will develop reading promotion activities, including author visits and special events

Values

Innovation, Inquiry and Curiosity

The school library

  • fosters innovation, inquiry and curiosity
  • is the place to go for students’ ‘wonderings’
  • will continue to develop into a dynamic environment for motivating learners and igniting a spirit of curiosity, discussion and debate
Equity

The school library promotes equity through:

  • supporting the needs of all learners
  • providing services to all students and teachers
  • reflecting, as much as we can, the languages and cultures of the school community
  • supporting a wide range of learning needs and personal interests by ensuring books and other resources are available at all reading levels
  • giving every student the opportunity to learn, to enjoy reading and to create new knowledge and understanding
Community and Participation

The school library will continue to develop into a ‘community’ of learners, where collaborative learning is an integral part of the library. Students’ new learning and ideas will be valued and they will be actively involved in selecting resources and planning library events and displays. The library is a place for the whole school community, with all students and parents encouraged to explore, and use the library.

Respect

Our school library:

  • welcomes and supports all learners and the high value placed on education and learning encourages and grows respect
  • allows students to make individual choices in reading genre and format and encourage diversity through providing a selection of resources to match the different interests of our students