The Mentone Grammar community is served by two library resource centres:
The Finlay Anderson Library (K - 8)
The Gregory Fish Library (Year 7 - 12)
The primary objective of both libraries is to support the information needs of all levels of the School, particularly those demands that arise out of its various teaching programs. Also important, of course, are more general information enquiries and recreational reading needs.
The libraries have a central role to play in providing their users with access to information, whether in traditional print, audiovisual or digital form.
The gateway to a variety of electronic and physical resources can be found on MG Online.
Close attention is paid to the education and empowerment of users themselves. Every attempt is made to strengthen their information-seeking strategies as they work alongside library staff members. Information literacy of this kind is crucial in any quest for independent lifelong learning.
The enriching power of fiction, and indeed all genres of literature, is a fundamental article of belief. To this end, the libraries supplement their book stocks through constant collection development activity. In partnership with the English faculty, the libraries work to encourage student reading as a lifetime activity of the highest importance.
The libraries encourage co-operative curriculum resourcing with all Key Learning Areas and Faculties. Links fostered with individual members of the teaching staff are seen as essential in achieving effective information resource planning and provides in additional opportunity for the development of excellent Information Skills.
The libraries are committed to high levels of service in handling information requests, seeking always to fulfil these in a timely and comprehensive fashion. Meeting the user at his/her point of need remains the prime consideration.
The Gregory Fish Library, on the Senior Campus, has recently undergone a refurbishment with light, open spaces for learning, collaboration and reading along with the latest IT facilities. The new Learning Centre is trialling opening hours of 8am to 7pm (Mon-Thurs) during Semester 1 2010 to enhance student access opportunities, provide a place to do homework and obtain assistance with study and research from the Library Staff. This is already proving to be an outstanding success with averages of 60 students taking advantage of this service every day.
The Finlay Anderson Library, with magnificent bay views, sits at the centre of the Primary and Middle Years campus. Both libraries are firmly wedded to the information future, with flexible spaces and strong ongoing investments in new information technology.
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