Today’s students live in a world saturated with information, and that saturation is growing exponentially. The Library Learning Commons is a vibrant and dynamic facility that supports Hamber students as they navigate the technology required to sift through that information. With a strong library program, our Teacher Librarians work closely with students as they learn to find resources effectively, critically analyze information and understand meaning, and synthesize their learning into meaningful outcomes. Through collaboration with classroom teachers, students work on curriculum-based assignments, and are taught to be ethical users of information using correct quotations and citations (MLA format, 7th edition).
The Library Learning Commons collection features a variety of formats, including print, non-print and digital resources. Students have access to our Technology Centre (30 computers, colour printer, scanner), our Reading Lounge, the Digital Café, and Presentation Lounge. Students may borrow resources using their Go Card and the loan period is 2 weeks. Our online databases are academic and scholarly resources that are accessible from school and home (see Teacher Librarians for username and password).
There are 2 clubs affiliated with the Library Learning Commons and those are Library Monitors and Hamber Reads. Library Monitors earn service points for working a 15-30 minute shift each week, during which they run the Circulation Desk, assist students with technology and printing, locate resources for students, and assist the Teacher Librarians. Hamber Reads is a club in which students read and discuss books. For more information or to join either club, please see a Teacher Librarian.
Senior students (grades 11 and 12) are invited to become Community Service (CS) student in the Library Learning Commons. As CS students, you receive valuable experience and skills that are transferable to future employment. Students will be trained in all aspects of Library operations, including processing resources, checking materials in and out, shelving and shelf reading, pulling resources for class use, computer work (i.e. word processing, searching the internet, etc.), creating posters and displays, and much more. Students receive letter grades and percentages in this course, and Teacher Librarians are able to write reference letters at the end of the year.
We invite you to visit the Library Learning Commons. Please visit our website for more information about hours, rules & regulations, new resources and recommended reads, special events and news.