Official opening of our new library spaces

The first of April 2014 saw the grand, official, opening of Melbourne High School’s new library spaces, including a welcoming, attractive entrance, more spacious reading spaces, and study rooms. Attending were principal Jeremy Ludowyke, assistant principals Dr Janet Prideaux, Andrew Sloan and David Smyth, school council members, architects Michael Fooks and Leah Reynolds, patrons and friends of the school including many old boys, student representatives and library staff.

We were honoured to welcome Mrs Mary Crean, long-standing volunteer and patron of our library for more than 30 years. Mrs Crean was assisted in the official unveiling of the donors’ plaque by her two sons, Simon Crean (former Leader of the Federal Opposition) and David Crean (former Tasmanian Treasurer) – both Melbourne High School Old Boys.

Principal Ludowyke gave a potted history of the library, and reminded those present that Melbourne High School was one of the first government school libraries to employ trained librarians, setting a precedent for other schools to follow.

This is the first in a staged plan for the renewal of our library spaces to provide more options for our students and assist in their transition to the tertiary environment and into the wider world.

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                       Mary Crean with her sons, Simon and David

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          Principal Jeremy Ludowyke at the unveiling

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   Assistant Principal, David Smyth, chatting with guests

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 Students serving the food. Assistant Principal, Dr Janet Prideaux, in the background

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Do you ‘like’ our new Facebook page?

I’m convinced that if you take the time and effort to do something, then it should be effective. Sounds obvious, I know, but here’s an example to elucidate. I’ve been writing posts in this blog for over a year now, and although I’m pleased to say that people are reading it, I noticed that it’s mainly teacher librarians from other schools. Whilst this is fabulous, and I appreciate the readership and feedback, I’m still wondering how to promote things to our own school community – the students, teachers and parents. Promotion is such an important part of doing anything at school; you could be spending all your time writing posts and documenting what’s happening with photos but if it doesn’t reach your primary audience, then something isn’t right.

So it occurred to me that a Facebook page might be the way to go. I know that seems obvious but it really isn’t going to be effective unless you know that enough people are on Facebook. Anyway, I’ve created the page – and here it is. It’s (obviously) called Melbourne High School Library. So far it has 49 likes and 11 friends. It’s a start.

Every blog post will be updated here, and I hope to attract more of our students, teachers and parents to the page, but also my very supportive network, some of whom have already given me the thumbs up. What I love about social media is that it brings so many people in, and I’m happy to see ex-students showing some interest in our new page. Thanks!

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