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Library

A student works by the light of a solitary lamp in the Upper School LIbrary.

An essential skill for all learners in today’s world is how to find reliable, useful and interesting information.  We strive to develop every student’s ability to locate, evaluate, reflect on, and apply information in a meaningful way.

We aim to stimulate a desire to learn and a love of reading for each student. The Information Literacy Program’s Curriculum is designed around the fundamental skills of understanding and usage. ISF students, from Early Years to Grade 12, understand that the library is a learning center, a productive and enjoyable place at the heart of their learning at school.

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL LIBRARY

The Library is an essential part of our school community. As it develops into a learning commons, it continues to encourage a love of reading and lifelong learning. The Teacher-Librarian strives to encourage the effective use of ideas and information, to provide quality resources to encourage reading for pleasure, and to help students navigate the world of information. For this purpose, students can find picture books, novels, reference material, magazines, other language material, and a creative station. It is an inviting, multi-functional space for students to read, imagine, study, create, collaborate, and learn.

 

UPPER SCHOOL ONAN FAMILY FOUNDATION LIBRARY
The mission of the Onan Family Foundation Library is to select, acquire, organize, preserve and provide access and guidance to a wide variety of print and non-print materials, which help to fulfill the educational, social, intellectual, and recreational needs of the school’s students. The collections include approximately 10,000 books, +20  periodical and database subscriptions, and over 500 DVDs for classroom use. A wide range of non-fiction books supports the school curriculum and covers broader areas of interest and reference works as well. The fiction sections contain literary classics as well as current popular reading selections for pre-teens to adults in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.

Information Literacy is considered a lifelong learning process through which a student identifies a need or defines a problem, locates and gathers appropriate resources, analyzes, reflects on, and interprets the information, synthesizes and effectively communicates the information to others and evaluates the entire process. Students are taught research skills in orientation sessions, and the librarian collaborates with other faculty throughout the year to ensure that all classes visit the library, to encourage use of a wide range of learning resources and services, across the curriculum. The library also sponsors many activities to motivate literacy incentives and stimulate reading for pleasure. 

Online Subscription Databases

Login information available from the Librarian.

LOGIN INFORMATION  
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
Username: isf + surname
Password: ISFlorence_IT
Example: isfsmith

NEW YORK TIMES ONLINE (only available on campus)

No username and password
JSTOR RESEARCH DATABASE
Username: isfitaly
Password: gattaia
THE GUARDIAN No username or password
SWEETSEARCH (reliable search engine) No username or password