When creating a new multimodal, multimedia ‘library’, our best decision was not in creating an iconic and distinctive building, but to realistically appraise the ‘book situation’ and decide to create two satellite mini-libraries for K-6 and send about 90% of the Years 7-12 collection to the classrooms. There the books are used. In a library they sit in shelves not borrowed.
This in turn creating an amazing opportunity – to take a flexible open space and turn it into a true playground for learning. The result – our SCIL Building with its interwoven learning spaces led by pedagogy, not technology. The space itself can shape the learning pathway and help teachers make the jump to the 21st century context. And the kids love it!