|1 Oct 2016|
|WM Fall 2016 edition|
Last year, the AISB librarians began an exciting journey to revitalize the libraries at AISB. Noted library de- sign consultant Kevin Hennah visited AISB in August and pre- liminary designs took hold. What you knew as the AISB whole school library is now tailored to the needs of the Secondary School students while designs have been drafted for the Early Childhood Library in the new Early Learning Center and the new Elementary School Library which will be located in the respective school wing.
We were enthusiastic to start the 2016-2017 academic year in a new space with bril- liant features including mobile and exible shelving and a modern, industrial image for the space.
Notable changes include:
• more space for secondary students. With the other col- lections temporarily relocated, there is simply more oor space for older stu- dents. The mezza- nine o ers a relaxed zone with couches, ction titles, magazines, and a current events television monitor, while the main area o ers more traditional work spaces, but with soft furniture as well.
• colorful design themes that include a pop art work area, a ‘diner,’ and a tech- nology area. These will continue to be developed and ex- panded as the year moves forward.
• quiet study rooms for students who look for a place to study and research with minimalistic designs that help them focus and be successful.
• the sense that you are walking through a bookstore... we no longer shelve items with the Dewey system and instead categorize by themes. We also have more books facing the patron, which proves to be more attractive and helps with circulation.
Studies consistently show that well sup- ported libraries lead to greater academic achievement among students.
The library Information Literacy curriculum is still the core of the library, but having an exciting space certainly helps encourage read- ing!
Please come by the new secondary library to enjoy the thrilling new look, modern workspaces, and extensive resources
at hand. You will be impressed and may well nd the visit to be completely unlike any school library you have ever seen!
AISB Alumni are invited to use the AISB Library’s online and print resources, just get in touch via the Alumni Office to find out how.
Read the entire WORLD Magazine Fall 2016 edition here.
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