Mazenod Library is both a physical and digital resource with anywhere/anytime basis via the Library homepage. It plays an integral role as an innovative and flexible Learning Commons focussed on the needs of the College community. Principle goals guiding the Library are:
- supporting and enhancing educational goals for all students and teachers as outlined in the College's mission and curriculum;
- developing and sustaining in students and school community members, 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 practising skills for evaluating and using information, regardless of form, format or medium, and assisting their growth as digitally literate individuals;
- providing access to local, regional, national and global resources and opportunities that expose learners to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions;
- informing students that intellectual freedom and access to information involves rights and responsibilities essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in society.
Library hours - 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday-Thursday, Friday 8.00 am - 3.30pm. Students are encouraged to use the facilities to do homework, relax with chess or read before and after school.
Resource Management - Library resources are managed and distributed via the OCLC Worldshare resource management system which is built on the open, cloud-based platform of WorldCat. Access to the catalogue is via the Library Homepage from school or home.
Library Collection - The collection consists of a wide-ranging selection of physical and digital resources. New material is continually being purchased to fulfil current curriculum requirements and to keep up with current fiction recommendations for adolescents. The Library collection supports the curriculum by providing resources to complement the teaching program.
Library Layout - The Library was refurbished in 2013 and is now a modern, flexible learning space with individual and group areas designed to accommodate a range of learning models. The reading area is comfortable and relaxed to encourage individual reading. The Library is well used by students throughout the day with full wireless access and integration with the College network.
Electronic Resources – Students have access to 60 portable computers and 28 iPads in addition to a range of digital cameras, recorders, Kindles and other tools. Electronic encyclopedias, newspaper and academic databases, and ebook resources are accessible from school or home via the Library Homepage. Students can also access digital videos through the Clickview Digital Video Library via their individual school login.
Library Homepage is a dynamic resource where students can access research resources, study guides, tutorials, reading recommendations and a broad range of resources to support their learning. Digital Citizenship and Safety resources for students, teachers and parents are also an important feature.
Reading – The College has a rich culture of reading supported by collaboration between Library staff and the English faculty. Regular reading classes for students in Years 7 to 9 provide students with opportunities to read from a broad range of literature specifically selected to appeal to the adolescent reader. A program of visiting authors and a Family Reading Evening all contribute to making reading a lifestyle at Mazenod College. Students are also encouraged to participate in the annual Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge.
Book Club is open to all students and meets every Tuesday. The opportunity to share and discuss their reading enjoyment is popular with students and valuable in overcoming the lapse of interest that can accompany adolescence. Literature excursions and morning tea with visiting authors is a highlight for Book Club members.
iSupport Student Tech Team meets fortnightly to share knowledge and ideas about digital technology. Students are encouraged to support teachers in using technology in the classroom. They lead a range of innovation and technology lunchtime activities including Kerbal Space Program, Minecraft and Lego/Littebits electronics. Other digital explorations and coding programs run as short term activities. Students also support policy development and digital citizenship knowledge sharing.
The Library is based on a Learning Commons philosophy which encourages the student to take ownership of the space and independence as a learner within the space.