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Innovative Spaces at UWCSEA: Dover Campus Main Library

Kurt Wittig, Librarian, Dover Campus
28 March 2018

The Main Library on Dover Campus, located in the High School block, is flexible space for the UWCSEA community to study, collaborate, and connect.

Dover Campus main library: flexible space for the UWCSEA community to study, collaborate, and connect.

A - T-Wall booths: with their magnetic whiteboards, create flexible collaboration spaces for small groups. The T-Walls are on locking castor wheels which allow them to be moved around the library to create various configurations to meet the needs of different users.

B - Library Pods: constructed out of sound dampening eco-board. They are popular areas for small groups of students to study and collaborate. The Pods are positioned along the windows facing the inner courtyard of the High School building to allow for natural light.

C - Library Stage: a dynamic space, used to host visiting authors, poetry readings and speakers. Students reserve the stage during lunch for student led initiatives. In the past month, the stage has held Science Slams, panel discussions on feminism and forums on current issues important to students.

D -  Digital Literacy Coaches: the Library is home to three Digital Literacy Coaches (DLC's), who support teachers by sharing their technology skills to enhance learning throughout all levels of the school in connection with the Academic Learning Programme. Based in the Main Library, they also visit classrooms by appointment.

E - Middle School section: organised by genre following a book store model of classification, rather than a traditional Dewey Decimal System, making it easier for students to find books of interest. For students visiting the Library during break time, board games are also available to borrow.