Teaching & Learning
The Padua Library mission statement reads:
Student success in schools is achieved with effective teaching and learning. The Padua College Libraries support teachers and students in all areas of information fluency and recreational reading, as well as assisting with the use of, and engaging with, digital technologies.
We support the research that states that ‘school libraries and teacher librarians make significant contributions to student literacy and learning outcomes’ (Hughes, 2013, abstract). We actively engage with students in meaningful ways to assist with their learning; offering practical services, and a place to meet, study, collaborate and read.
In 1967, Fr Benignus listed the reasons for Padua College building, promoting and supporting a strong school library as:
- a library's role in supporting differentiated education
- providing a multiplicity of spaces for flexible learning;
- encouraging independent study; cultivating a love of reading and cultural pursuits;
- and the development of information, digital and media literacies.
Building on his vision, the staff of Padua Library strive to provide a bright, welcoming environment that supports the teaching and learning needs of students and staff, as well catering for some recreational activities, that cannot be provided for in other parts of the school.
We strive to offer a blend of traditional and 21st century library practices, integrating digital technologies and knowledge networks, that exemplify a passion for life-long learning, to ensure students continue to learn and grow, in an unpredictable future.
The Padua Library offers a range of services to support teaching and learning.
- Specialist staff - The library is staffed with qualified teacher-librarians, librarians and library officers, who provide curriculum, resource and professional support services to students and teachers, for the development of strong information, digital and media literacies.
- Library administered services include Clickview, an online video database; Oliver, a library OPAC that enables students to run a federated search for all physical and digital resources;
- Libguides, for the curation of resources for research and assignments; and Accelerated Reader, to support reading in Years 5-6.
- Physical resources are available for loan from fiction, non-fiction, magazine and audio-visual collections. These collections are further enhanced by a range of digital ebook, journal and video databases, available online 24/7, through Blackboard or MiClass, via Libguides.
Libguides are currently being created for faculties, as the need arises. The
general Libguides provide a wide range of resources including:
- Databases; Search engines, digital libraries and referencing tools to support academic research and assignments;
- Reading programs, databases and 'What to read next' websites for the promotion of a strong reading culture, that encourages boys to read for pleasure;
- Digital technologies to assist with the creation of digital assignments, using a growing collection of digital and Web 2.0 tools.
- Promotion of our Makerspace and Manga activities
- Subject specific Libguides are developed as faculties require, to provide students with primary and secondary resources that form a solid starting point for specific assignments.
- Textbooks are available through the Book hire branch of Padua Library. The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography for Years 7-10 have access to both a physical text and a digital text.
- Library learning spaces for quiet reading, collaborative work and silent study are available during opening hours, across both the Assisi and Greccio campuses.
- Printing, scanning and photocopying is catered for with a single photocopier in each branch of the Padua Library.
For further enquiries, please contact Ms Chantal Hochstrasser, Head of Curriculum, Library and Information Services on 07 3857 9927 or via email.
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