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Pelican : June 2010
New Library Delivers a 21st Century Information Centre The College’s extended and refurbished library facilities were offcially opened by Ms Annette Ellis MP on the 16th February. Also in attendance were Mr Andrew Barr, Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, College Board members, representatives of BVN and IQON (the architects and project managers), as well as the College executive and members of the student body. The project was made possible with monies received from the ‘Building the Education Revolution’ program being delivered by the Australian Government. The benefts of the project extended beyond the College walls with quite a number of our parents and alumni involved at the project management level and as tradesmen and suppliers for the construction works. Our Middle School students have placed a time capsule in a specially designed cupboard in the new library. Dozens of documents prepared by the students outline their thoughts about the College, the Canberra region, Australia and the world in 2010. It is expected that the time capsule will be extracted on the 75th anniversary of the College in 2029. Prior to the extensions, our library facilities were ‘tired’ with increasing demands for more space and resources by both students and staff. Shelf space was limited, large computer banks in the open library tended to be a bit noisy and we lacked comfortable spaces and room for relaxed browsing and reading. The new extensions have certainly addressed these issues. The previous separate Senior and Middle School facilities have almost doubled in size and are now connected by a very attractive internal stairwell. Book shelf space has signifcantly expanded and we have 3 new computer research areas equipped with interactive white boards as well as some computers available for private research. There are class learning spaces, small seminar rooms for student group work, round tables for individual/small group work and very attractively furnished fction areas complete with club chairs, lounges and cushions. The general consensus is that the building project has delivered a 21st century information centre well equipped to deliver a broad range of resources and services including a large quality fction selection, excellent text-based reference materials and ‘state of the art’ IT facilities. Some student responses about the completed project: “Makes me proud to be in this school.” “Better technology.” “More room to move around.” “Who chose the carpet?” “Cosy.” “Great space to work in.” Cate Mitchell Library Services and Information Resources Co-ordinator Left: Father Geoffrey Coombe, College Chaplain, blesses the new building, assisted by Jaime Molina of Year 7. Right: Principal, Peter Fullagar, Ms Annette Ellis MP, and Board Chair, Eddie Senatore. 4