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Library Resource Centre

Our focus within the Library in 2014 can be distilled into

two words: connect and collaborate. Seeking to connect

more strongly with our School community, we pushed out

our physical boundaries by providing new electronic

gateways to a wide range of online resources. Recognising

the value of collaboration, we seized the opportunity to

enrich our collections through the establishment of an

eBook consortium.

Early in 2015, the new library website will go live. It will

serve as a welcoming gateway to our virtual library,

allowing students to communicate, connect and

collaborate through a range of social media, including the

Library Instagram account, the Lit Club blog, Year 6Wiki and

our Tumblr account. Junior School students are using QR

codes to easily find new resources. Our library catalogue,

now searchable outside the School, provides links back to a

rich collection of online resources.

The eBook consortium established with Mentone Girls’

Grammar School provides our School community with a

significantly larger shared database of high interest eBooks.

The deeper and broader collection assists students to

satisfy their diverse reading needs and interests. This

consortium is based on best practice beyond the school

sector; sharing resources in this way is a powerful example

of innovative and collaborative library practice. In fact, a

2009 Harvard University Library report noted that the

future for libraries is based around access rather than

ownership. One of the five key recommendations indicated

within this report, was a need to ‘

collaborate more

ambitiously with peer libraries and other institutions



Within school libraries, a consortium of this type creates

possibilities for students to experience shared reading

experiences within a broader community; potentially allow

them to connecting with reading classes and literature

clubs beyond their own school.

As educators we strive not only to provide spaces and

resources that truly support and enhance our students’

learning experience, but also to work toward ensuring that

students function effectively in an information society, as

creators of knowledge rather than consumers of facts. By

working actively in curriculum planning we endeavour to

ensure our teaching programmes assist our students to

become both information literate and upstanding digital

citizens. Collaboration with classroom teachers and other

specialist teachers helps to ensure that information literacy

and digital citizenship are firmly embedded across the

curriculum and across year levels.

We have continued to connect with our students by

offering friendly and inviting spaces for students to read,

research and relax. These are spaces where students can

find opportunities to expand their horizons through

engagement with literature and where they are

encouraged to think more deeply about the world around

them. Likewise, we reach into the parent community

through the provision of our Parent Collection,

incorporating titles that have been purchased to provide

parents with reading material on a range of high-interest

topics within modern families.

The theme of this year’s BookWeek

Connect to reading ~

Reading to connect

, served to remind us of the power of

reading to connect us with each other and also reflect

on our own lives. Junior School students demonstrated a

lively and joyous connection to literary characters when

they dressed as their favourite character for the Book

Week Parade.

Students attended presentations from visiting authors and

illustrators including Mr Luka Lesson, Mr Gary Crew,

Mr Archimede Fusillo and Mr Simon Swingler. These visits

were well received, promoting discussion about books,

literature and the writing process. Similarly, Lit Club

provides a forum for students to meet and to share ideas

about what they are reading. Lit Club students enjoyed

attending conferences, writers’ lunches and DVD nights. It

was with a certain sadness that we said good-bye and good

luck to Charlotte Armstrong (Year 12), an important and

influential member of Lit Club for six years. Over the years,

she has offered leadership, guidance and encouragement

to many younger Lit Club members.

Another Lit Club Year 8 student was selected in 2014 to be

one of six National Inky Judges by the State Library’s Centre

for Youth Literature. These youth judging positions are

highly prized and much contested. Judges are required to

review a large collection of Australian and International

youth literature. Our student did the School proud as she

worked her way through the judging process and took on a

presenter’s role at the MelbourneWriters’ Festival and the

Inky conference.

Last year was a time to consolidate our connection with our

School community in both a physical and virtual sense.

New technology has provided a catalyst for us to rethink

how we serve students and staff, calling us to enrich and

improve our resources and services.While we continue to

1. To access the full 2009 Harvard University Libraries’ report go to:

Annual Report 2014