One of the most popular places on campus, the Odette Library offers an outstanding service which prepares students to become ‘future ready’, informed, and digitally literate citizens in the global knowledge society of the 21st century.
In our vibrant teaching and learning commons, we strive to ensure that students and faculty are effective users of information in a variety of contexts and formats. To accomplish this, we provide access to a broad range of curriculum-related materials for research, and we guide individual students as well as whole classes through the research process, using both physical and virtual (online) resources. Collaboration with faculty ensures the relevance of the resources acquired. The open-concept academic space with wireless Internet and computer access supports both individual study and group work. Three wired group collaboration rooms and a small ‘silent study’ room round out the spaces available for student use within the library. The Student Affairs Commons directly outside the library provides additional workspaces facing the school’s courtyard, as well as soft seating.
The library’s rich physical learning environment includes 12,000+ circulating books, reference resources, magazines, and a multimedia collection. The virtual library includes curriculum-related online databases, e-books, and 100+ customized LibGuides to help students navigate relevant resources for specific assignments. Support for the creation of bibliographic citations and papers that honour academic honesty is integral to the library service. Collaboration with Toronto Public Library extends the range of resources available to the St. Michael’s College School community.
The library’s website is a portal to all research resources as well as the library catalog, with access to our collection of Accelerated Reader titles. The library hosts an annual Reading Olympics, where students in Grades 7-10 engage in friendly competition, vying for the honour of being ‘Top Reader’ in their grade. Encouraging a life-long love of reading by connecting students with appropriate books, promoting and celebrating reading, and conversing about the books our community is reading is one of the highlights of our day in the Odette Library.
Creating ‘future ready’ students and life-long readers requires more than a room full of excellent resources. It requires dedicated, skilled librarians and educators who can help students learn how to find, select, analyze, and apply relevant information to research questions as well as expand their horizons by the books they choose to read. This we do with pleasure from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.