The Library & Resources Centre at Cedars is at the heart of the school and we work hard to create a friendly and welcoming space for all our students and staff. Our aim is to provide the school community with a resources and information service that supports learning and teaching and enables students to achieve their goals.
- Providing resources to support all areas of the curriculum in collaboration with subject departments
- Providing a quiet study area, particularly for sixth form students
- Promoting and supporting the development of information literacy and independent learning skills
- Providing access to a wide range of printed and online information resources
- Promoting reading for leisure and enjoyment
- Running a weekly quiz to improve students’ general knowledge
- Book clubs for a variety of interests and ages - just ask!
THE LIBRARY & RESOURCES CENTRE CONTAINS:
- 18,000 books (fiction & non-fiction)
- Online resources such as the Issues Online database and Newsbank (full-text newspaper database) and science, history, literature & language databases suitable for A-Level students.
- Non-book resources such as DVDs, information files & revision guides
- Weekly local newspaper, subject-based journals, leisure magazines and a news headlines board
- Seating for 84 students
- Networked Library catalogue accessible on all school computers
- 25 PCs connected to the school network to be used for Internet access, word processing, scanning and printing
- Printer, scanner and Photocopier
- Themed displays, for example poetry resources for National Poetry Day, resources for Black History Month etc
For further information on Library resources and services, current students can to log onto My Big Campus and check out the 'Cedars Library & Resources Centre' group.
STAFF & CONTACT DETAILS
The Library is staffed by a qualified, chartered Librarian
- Mrs. Colleen Fitzgerald BA, MLIS, MCLiP
The Library is located in Block 1 of the school. You can contact the Library by calling in, telephoning us on 01525 219311 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library offers a framework of learning skill sessions for all years, from basic information searching in Year 9 to research skills and note-taking in the Sixth Form. These skills are taught as an integral part of the curriculum:
All new Year 9 and Year 12 students participate in a Library induction to introduce them to the Library services and resources. For Year 9s, this is followed by a series of lessons on evaluation of information, Internet search techniques, plagiarism and an introduction to citing sources and creating a bibliography.
Year 12 students are also offered subject-specific Library inductions to introduce them to key resources in their chosen A level subjects, both printed and online. We hope to offer lunchtime research skills sessions for Sixth Form students in the near future.
The Library staff support and supervise Year 10 students who take the Higher Project Qualification, a free-standing research project which enables students to gain an extra GCSE. The Library also supports those Year 13 students who chose to participate in the Extended Project Qualification, assisting them with retrieving information, advice on citation and by arranging a visits to university libraries to source information.
LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT
The Library is a designated working and study area, therefore students are expected to work quietly at all times.
LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
Open before and after school and breaktimes every day and all lunchtimes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We are also open for some days during the school holidays, with opening days advertised in advance of the school holidays.