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Cedars Upper School

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Library

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. The Cedar’s Library is for all students and staff and provides resources to support the school curriculum and reading for pleasure. We stock over 15,000 books (fiction & non-fiction), DVDs, magazines, newspapers, journals and revision materials.

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.

Specifically by:

  • 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 Non-book resources such as DVDs, information files & revision guides

Weekly local newspaper, subject-based journals, leisure magazines 

 Seating for 84 students

Networked Library catalogue accessible on all school computers

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.

LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

Monday - 08:00 – 16:30
Tuesday - 08:00 – 16:30
Wednesday - 08:00 – 16:30
Thursday - 08:00 – 16:30
Friday - 08:00 - 16.00
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed

Open before and after school and break times 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.

LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT

The Library is a designated working and study area, therefore students are expected to work quietly at all times.

STAFF & CONTACT DETAILS


The Library is staffed by a qualified, chartered Librarian

Mrs Ann O'Donovan BA MA 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 libraryadmin@cedarsupper.org.uk

BORROWING FROM THE LIBRARY

Most fiction and non-fiction resources can be borrowed for 3 weeks at a time and lower school students can borrow up to six items. Sixth and staff can borrow more. However, if a student is a keen reader or needs particular resources for homework, we are happy to lend more. Students are sent reminders via their tutors if items are overdue and there is a fine system of 10p a week payable for each overdue item. There are some short term loan items which are in heavy demand and these are clearly marked. Students will be reminded when they borrow these that they will need to be returned the next day or in seven days. Fines for short-term loans are set at 10p a day. All students are automatically a member of the Library and no card is required. Just bring your chosen resources to the Library Desk to borrow and have them stamped out by the Library staff. On return, bring the resources back to the Library Desk. 

ACCESS TO COMPUTERS
The Library has computers for students to use that are connected to the school network and the internet for curriculum use. Students are reminded they will have signed a Computing Code of Conduction upon school entry and must use computers responsibly.  Students can use computers in the Library before school, at break time, lunchtime, after school and maybe in the Library during lesson times with a class group. There is a pass system in operation at lunchtime during busy times of the year.
Both black and white and colour printing facilities in A3 & A4 are available, students will have a pre-set printing allowance. Scanning and photocopying facilities are also provided.

WHAT GOES ON THE LIBRARY

The Library is a busy and well- used resource at Cedars and the Library staff work hard to make it a friendly, welcoming and calm environment for all students to read and study. There are lots of activities for students to enjoy going on at various times.
                       

In June 2015, the Library arranged a series of workshops for Year 10 Art students with Sonia Leong, a professional artist and illustrator specialising in anime/manga style comics. Sonia talked to three groups of students about working as a professional artist and the different styles of manga, followed by a step-by-step demonstration of how to begin drawing in manga style. Students produced some amazing work under her guidance and had a fantastic time! They also had the opportunity to chat to Sonia after the workshops and she happily signed the books they purchased. 
  
We also hosted an election hustings on General Election Day on May 7th 2015.

The Librarian is always here to help you!  

Finding Resources
Students can find resources by browsing the stock, checking the Library catalogue or asking the Library staff for help. Books, DVDs, journals and other resources can be searched for on the Library catalogue by author, title, series or keyword. The Library catalogue is available on all school computers via the Intranet.

Online Resources
We provide access to a number online databases via the Cedars Library pages Google Apps. Students can access these databases in school and from home to support their homework and research.

INFORMATION SKILLS

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 visits to university libraries to source information.