In the McDonogh Upper School Kiplinger Library, students find joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential. Whether completing a research paper, playing a game of chess, studying alone or with friends, or pursuing an extra-credit fact, students have access to a wealth of print and electronic resources in a welcoming environment. Since global networks have made virtually all information portable, the definition of “library” has expanded far beyond walls, windows, and stacks. In order to locate, analyze, and synthesize information, teachers and students must continually develop new strategies to manage the exponential growth in resources. The caring library faculty helps students navigate the ever-increasing stores of information to which they have access while instilling the critical tools to enable students to discern the validity of the information they encounter.
The Upper School library curriculum supports student work that is project-based, assignments, for instance, that culminate in a research paper, a presentation, or a debate. Librarians collaborate with classroom teachers to create challenging and engaging student assignments to teach and reinforce research practices, information evaluation, and media literacy skills. To this end, the Upper School library aims to provide an environment to encourage problem solving and critical thinking; to develop research strategies; to enable the evaluation of sources for selection and use; to allow students to synthesize information for use in final projects; to follow proper formatting when citing sources; and to understand and avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement.
The Upper School Information and Media Literacy curriculum builds upon knowledge learned in earlier years and provides students with transferable skills for future educational, career, and personal applications. Librarians remain current with emerging trends in information systems, technology, and research practices to meet an ever-changing global environment. As they engage with students and teachers to support their coursework, librarians also help them to practice responsible and ethical informational and technology use as a means of shaping citizens of good character. As students work in the library during their Upper School career, they gain lifelong skills that help them succeed in college and beyond.
Located in Allan Building, the Kiplinger Library boasts several spaces. Group study is a major component of the main library while classes frequent the Naylor Room and the Computer Room. Faculty and students seeking quiet study enjoy the Gantt Room.
Endowed collections include the Whiting/Moore American History Collection, The Jill Bearman Fiction Collection, and the Boccutti Video Collection.
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday 8am-3pm