The Library Media Center is situated on the second floor. It consists of an interesting maze of five rooms that contain:
- Reading lounge
- Reference and research area
- Upper school area
- Classroom and media area
- Lower school area
The Reading Lounge welcomes you with cozy sofas and a magazine cupboard holding many periodicals in English, Estonian, and French available for students, teachers, and parents. The magazine selection includes –Muse, Seventeen, National Geographic, Time, Phosphore, Täheke and Hea Laps among other periodicals.
The Reference and Research Area hosts 8 computer Maclab for students and teachers. All the library computers have access to the school intranet and the Internet. They can be used for individual study or classroom instruction, for researching, accessing online databases, working with various software programs, and to search the full ISE library collection. There are two additional standalone workstations in the library. Students and teachers can also use the library’s laser printer and photocopier.
The librarian is actively engaged in connecting with the teachers; she is an integral part of the teaching team, coordinating curriculum support and managing resources. The librarian is guided by a written selection policy in selecting materials. The teaching staff is consulted for assistance in developing the collections in the area(s) of their expertise.
The collections of the ISE library are developed with the teaching program in mind. The ISE library has 10,000+ volumes on hand. Carefully selected library materials are a cumulative enrichment to the learning environment. The ISE library collection is available to the entire school population.
The Upper School and Lower School areas contain the fiction collection including a range of leisure reading books, from teenage popular fiction to attractive editions of modern and older classics. Beautiful picture books are introduced and enjoyed during story time with our very youngest students.
The Classroom and Media area holds world languages, graphic novels, and poetry sections along with audio books and a video/DVD collection. There is a permanent TV/VCR/DVD station for library use. The Classroom is used for scheduled Library and information studies for grades Preschool – Grade 5, classroom instruction, and individual study.
During the 2002/2003 school year ISE library purchased the library automation system SIRS Mandarin M3 to expand access to the collection and provide better record keeping. In 2011/2012 school year we moved to the Mandarin Oasis hosted services, a web based customizable Library management service.
The ISE library was fully renovated during the summer of 2007. The result is a modern facility with areas for younger and older students, as well as for quiet reading or individual learning. In spring 2009, the Library Media Center was named The Sharon Sperry Library “the heart of school” to recognize her support in developing the library into a contemporary learning environment during her years, 2004-2009, as ISE Director.
The Library Media Centre is open for student, parent, and staff use during the school day. There is also a schedule of weekly library-information studies classes. Teachers may book the library for class research or instruction. Students can use the library individually before and after school and during the breaks for homework.
You are welcome to find out more about the ISE library by visiting this link: http://iselibrary.blogspot.com/ and, of course, you are all welcome to drop in to the library any time.