The college library is integral to the educational process. This is achieved by:
- Supporting and enhancing educational goals as outlined in the college’s policies and curriculum.
- Developing and sustaining in students the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning, and the use of libraries throughout their lives.
- Offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment.
- Supporting all students in learning and practicing skills for evaluating and using information, regardless of form, format or medium, including sensitivity to the modes of communication within the community.
- Providing access to local, regional, national and global resources and opportunities that expose learners to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions.
- Organising activities that encourage cultural and social awareness and sensitivity.
- Working with students, teachers, support staff and parents to achieve the goals of the college.
- Proclaiming the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in a democracy.
- Promoting an effective, attractive and inclusive environment for learning and teaching.
- Promoting reading and the resources and services of the college library to the whole college community
Supporting Research and School Work
The teacher librarian is happy to work with classes and individuals to assist them with the research process. This includes how to find and use relevant books, encyclopaedias and websites and how to complete a bibliography.
Delicious is a website that allows the teacher librarians to bookmark websites for students to use in their school work. The site is divided into either subject areas or topics with the information about the sites and links to the websites included. All of the websites have been found by the teacher librarian and are of good repute and useful in relation to the curriculum. Delicious can be access from anywhere that has a connection to the internet. http://del.icio.us/prestonGSC
Year 7 Orientation Program
This program is designed to introduce students to the library, what the library offers and how to find materials needed to best complete their school work. All Year 7 students will visit the library during the first week of school for the library orientation.
The library supports the Literacy Program by processing resources, making space available for groups and making reading suggestions to staff and students.
Book Talks with classes
When teachers bring classes into the library to borrow books, the teacher librarian often spends some time with the students to talk about new books, favourite books, or books on a particular topic.
Informal Book Chats with Students
The teacher librarian is available and willing to recommend books to students either during class time, recess or lunch.
Preston Girls SC is very lucky to have the public library across the road from our school. We encourage teachers to take classes to the library to use their facilities if the library at school is full. If students become members, they can have free internet access at the Preston Library, are eligible to use a range of online resources provided by Darebin Libraries and can borrow up to 40 items for three weeks. More information and online membership forms: http://www.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au/