“The school library’s role in the 21st Century is a place for collaboration, performance, creativity, interactivity and exploration.” (Schibsted, 2005)
The Noelene Munns Learning Centre at John Paul College offers students much more than a physical, resource rich library space. The spaces and furniture are flexible and adaptive, encouraging collaborative, active learning. Our Learning Centres are busy spaces catering for not only the learning needs of our students but providing social spaces where students gather to talk, to play, to read – to discover the many possibilities the spaces can offer.
As a library team, we believe in exciting and challenging thinking, offering resources and support for a wide range of learners, their inquiry and literary topics. Our collection is developed to reflect global perspectives and the mother tongue languages of our students. The Noelene Munns Learning Centre houses a comprehensive collection of resources, including curriculum specific fiction and non-fiction resources, recreational reading, class sets, on-line resources and audio-visual materials, staff reference as well as printing facilities.
The Learning Centre has a significant impact on learning outcomes, being staffed by a teacher-librarian and library professionals who work collaboratively with teachers, to empower students to develop a love of reading, become skilled users of ideas and information, and explore the world of print and electronic media resources. Library lessons are scheduled weekly for Prep to Year Three students and negotiated with teachers of other year levels on a flexible timetable.
Students are encouraged to responsibly borrow resources for assignments or recreational reading. The use of a library bag is encouraged from Prep to Year Three.
Our specialist Learning Centre staff use a web-based library administration system to manage the entire College collection. Advanced features allow our students and staff to search the library catalogue remotely as well as the facility to carry out a federated search of databases, websites and other national and international libraries. They can also personalise their search and have 24/7 access through the secure workspaces.
In addition, the teacher librarian maintains a virtual library space which is linked to the Learning Centre homepage and accessible to staff and students 24 hours a day. The Learning Centre workspaces are designed to appeal to the interests and needs of the targeted age group and have a very different look and feel.
All have links to learning tools, databases and search engines. Our workspaces are enhanced with web 2.0 interactivity and inbuilt digital content.
These busy, active spaces cater for not only the learning needs of our students but provide social spaces where students gather to talk, to play, to read – to discover the many possibilities the spaces can offer.