The Information Services Centre (ISC)/Library at QAHS provides resources for the whole school community in support of the curricular and co-curricular activities of the school. All members of the school community have access to and the right to use these resources, encouraging all to become life-long learners.
The ISC/Library provides:
- access to appropriate information sources both in print and electronically, especially in support of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)
- resources that foster International mindedness, that is, valuing the cultures of others
- opportunities to work collaboratively with teachers in providing an information literacy framework for students and developing student research skills
- spaces that support both collaborative learning and quiet reflection
- tutorials on the location of and access to appropriate online resources both face to face and remotely
- 24 hour access to Library resources via The Learning Place
- advice on academic honesty, plagiarism, referencing and copyright
- resources that support the core requirements of the IBO Diploma Programme (DP) – Extended Essay (EE), TOK (Theory of knowledge) and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)
- quality reading experiences that aid in the development of students’ literacy skills and promotes a love of reading
Information literacy (IL) and inquiry based learning
The theoretical underpinning of the IBO has the student at the centre of learning and is supported through inquiry based learning (IBO, 2003). Inquiry encourages the student to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world (IBO 2013).
The ISC/Library, working in co-operation with the teaching staff, provides learning opportunities to ensure the IL of our students. Research has shown that students who use an explicit IL framework experience more success and improved results (Stripling 1995). QAHS encourages the use of two frameworks; the Information Literacy Continuum (NSW Dept. of Education n.d.) for general class work and the Information Search Process (Kuhlthau 2009), specifically for the Extended Essay.
QAHS students are encouraged to resource their information needs not only from the school library but also from sources such as university, state and national libraries. Instruction in information retrieval from sources such as academic journals begins early in their IBO journey.
Student access to the ISC/Library
Students are able to access the ISC during recreational times: before school, at morning break and after school. During class time students can come to the Library either individually or as part of a class with their teacher.
The EE & TOK
The ISC supports the EE and TOK components of the IBO DP by providing students and staff with materials and resources specific to the IB DP curriculum. The ISC/Library staff work with Mentor Learning Community (MLC) classes to ensure that students are equipped with the information skills they need in order to successfully complete all assigned tasks. They also work with individual students assisting with research tasks and providing website support with referencing guidelines.
Readios @ QAHS
The Library programme is supported by the student body through the Academy bookclub ‘Readios’. Members of Readios are actively involved in resource selection, display and other library duties. Members are also involved in the decision making process of Library Policy and bring to the Library suggestions from the student body. Students are able to gain CAS recognition for their membership of Readios.
Partnership with Griffith University
There are a number of ways in which the libraries of QAHS and Griffith University (GU) work in partnership. QAHS students are able to become borrowing members of the GU Library, accessing most print materials and many online databases. GU Library staff visit the QAHS campus, to provide tutorial sessions on accessing GU material online and also on research skills. QAHS students are able to access the GU Library catalogue online
IBO 2003 , The unique benefits of the PYP, viewed 27 August 2013, www.ibo.org/communications/powerpoint/documents/PYP.ppt
IBO 2013, About the International Baccalaureate, viewed 27 August 2013, http://www.ibo.org/general/who.cfm
Kuhlthau, C 2009, Information search process, viewed 10 April 2010, http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~kuhlthau/information_search_process.htm
NSW Dept. of Education n.d., Information skills in the school, NSW Dept. of Education, Sydney
Stripling, B K 1995, Learning-centered Libraries: Implications from Research, School Library Media Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 3, Spring, p. 163-70