Head of Library

Ms Carolyn Whyatt

Library Officer

Ms Shelly Walker

Library Assistant

Mr George Hornsby

Mission Statement

Guided by the EREA Touchstones and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Core
Values, the St James College Library staff foster close working relationships with teaching staff to
ensure that their collections and services support classroom practice. Library staff are committed to
the integration of information literacy, information technologies, and literature to empower
students to become lifelong independent learners and responsible digital citizens.

Ba-ra Barimi Learning Centre

Ba-ra Barimi is an Aboriginal word meaning "upward dreaming".

Students at St James College enjoy a purpose-built library space, the Ba-ra Barimi Learning Centre. Fully air-conditioned, the centre includes 2 large collaborative learning spaces, a seminar room, reading nooks, eBoards, and print station. During breaks, students can use the library space to study, complete homework, or simply to take a break from the busy school day. Students are able to play chess, checkers, and other board or card games, build Lego, or help complete a jigsaw puzzle.
Our collections are user-driven, not only selected to suit the needs of our diverse cohort, but also managed to make access easy for all students. The fiction collection is arranged in genre sections, whilst the non-fiction collection is grouped in sections reflecting subjects studied throughout all year levels. The collection includes up-to-date print resources, DVDs, and access to online information sources such as WorldBook Online, Proquest eJournals and Education Perfect.

Collection Development Statement

The Library Collection at St James College is developed in order to support the school curriculum in line with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Standards, reflect the ethos of the College and underpin the touchstones of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

Literature and Literacy

Library staff are committed to the development of literacy and so work closely with the English department. We ensure that our fiction collection holds a wide variety of literature, covering many genres and catering to all levels of reading ability. Furthermore, we support the many reading programs, initiatives, and events which endeavour to extend literacy regardless of student ability. In close collaboration with the English department, Library Officer, Ms Walker, runs the Corrective Reading program for Years 9 and 10 throughout the year, and the STAR Reader Program is supported by library staff, the collection, and the Library Catalogue.

To further engage students in reading and literature, the fiction section is arranged in genre order so that students are easily able to find reading material which interests them.

Library Services

● Library Catalogue - Use the Icon on the student laptop or access via this link

● Research Assistance
- WorldBook Online
- Proquest
- AskTheLibrary Service

Information for your assignment emailed to you within 24hrs. Simply email your request to:

● Referencing Assistance
- Turnitin

● Reading Recommendations
● STAR Reader Program Support
● Low Level IT Assistance
● Print, copy and scan facilities and assistance

Opening Hours

Monday 7.30am - 4pm
Tuesday 7.30am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4 pm
Thursday 7.30am - 4pm
Friday 7.30am - 4pm