The Library at Marryatville High School is a welcoming learning space where students can access an extensive range of information sources – print and online – to support them in their learning and personal interests.
There is an amazing Reading Room where each English class comes for a lesson each week to borrow and read. Students help to keep the collection vibrant by suggesting excellent books. All suggestions are followed up and students are alerted when the book is ready for loan. As well as print novels we also subscribe to Wheelers ebooks. The library also facilitates the Premier’s Reading Challenge across the year levels to encourage students to continue their good reading habits.
The Library encourages the use of Online databases and subscribes to the excellent Ebscohost to allow students access to a high quality information, peer reviewed database. This site is password protected but students are freely given the access information.
Subscriptions to magazines include New Scientist and New Internationalist. The Library also curates an Only2clicks website to resource students in their learning. This wonderful site is certainly worth a look! http://www.only2clicks.com/pages/mhslibrary
Our Library runs on the Accessit automated school library management system which is cutting edge, easy to use and is available from their laptops while they are at school. From here they can search for books, online databases and magazines, see what the latest trending books are and be assured that they have up-to-date information at their fingertips.
The Library also manages the Clickview collection, which allows students and teachers to view films, film-clips and other material whenever they are online. The library also has The Advertiser and The Australian newspapers delivered daily, and provides access to Newspapers and Magazines and Trove online.
The Teacher Librarian works with students around research skills both in the Library space and in the classroom. In collaboration with other teachers, the Teacher Librarian develops, teaches and marks Resource Based Learning Units and Guided Inquiry Units to develop students’ Information Literacy Skills, using a learning scaffold. Students are helped to develop and improve their skills in notetaking, writing a bibliography, avoid plagiarism and access pictures through Creative Commons.
The Library also offers a colour Photocopier / Printer /Scanner where students and staff can scan and copy documents to a paper or pdf format. A games club has started up on Fridays for students and teachers to play board games like backgammon, chess and scrabble. Apart from anything else, the Library is a place where students can “hang” and be with friends in a safe and comfortable environment. There are beanbags, comfortable chairs and even carpet, if they prefer, for students to work and relax in style.
When the Teacher Librarian is not in attendance the Library is usually locked. However students are welcome to come during class time and breaks to receive assistance with their research, personal reading and other work.
The library is a place and a philosophy for preparing students at Marryatville High School for a love of Life-long learning.
'Education is not preparation for life. It is life itself' John Dewey