The Dickson College library has supported generations of students, adapting with the times and study practices from a heavy focus on the use of books and journals, to the introduction of computers, laptops and mobile phones.
College executive staff took the opportunity to show the library a touch of love and incorporate some fresh design elements to reinvigorate and modernise the space.
Working with local architecture firm, CCJ Architects, staff established the design and a Project Coordinator from the Education Directorate was appointed to oversee the building works.
The new space emanates a comfortable, inviting feeling and the students were quick to begin using new features on offer.
“One great thing about the new space is the variety of ways it can be used, both for individual study and teaching classes. Our students have really appreciated the flexibility,” said Dickson College Principal, Craig Edwards.
Lindy and Melinda are teacher librarians at Dickson College. They assist students with their assessment tasks, help them to access excellent resources, provide essay and referencing help, and recommend great books to read.
Melinda and Lindy watched the transformation take place and are thrilled with the results.
“The students really appreciate the new design and flexible seating and the library is certainly a popular place to be,” Lindy said.
Throughout the process, there has been a strong focus on ensuring the space accommodates the needs of students and provides access to the best resources. The library collection reflects students’ research needs and their reading interests.
“Our students make good use of our collection and when new subjects are added to the curriculum, we purchase new resources to support those areas, as well as recommending quality online resources,” Lindy said.
“Our library has always been a popular place for students. Sometimes it is very quiet and at other times more vibrant. It is a comfortable and friendly learning space and a valued part of our school community,” Lindy said.