The Hutchins School Library consists of three mini-school information resource centres – the Early Learning Centre Library, the Stephens Library for Junior and Middle Schools and the Senior School’s Nettlefold Library situated on the first floor of the Library Learning Centre. There are also several departmental resource collections across the Early Learning Centre, Junior, Middle and Senior School and Marieville Esplanade campuses.
The library catalogue is OCLC’s WorldCat.
The library e-books are accessed through the OverDrive and Wheelers’ e-platforms.
The library research skill and subject guides are LibGuides.
The library blog for teaching resources is Library2.0.
In supporting The Hutchins School’s vision to provide an inspirational education where each boy strives to achieve his personal best and is willing to serve his community as an informed and active citizen, locally, nationally and internationally, the mission of the Hutchins Libraries is to empower the students to become effective information users, confident readers and independent and creative lifelong learners.
The Libraries’ information services are central to the teaching and learning programs of the School. They provide up-to-date physical and online resources, operating online 24/7 to the Hutchins community through the WorldCat catalogue, databases and LibGuides portal. OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services is the library management system employed across all libraries.
The library team are proactive in their partnership with classroom teachers and the IT specialists to ensure the integration of literature and a reading culture, information and rich media literacies, ICT and digital technologies to support all students in their research, learning and recreational reading.
F E Technologies’ RFID (radio frequency identification) electronic tagging technology and self-checkout systems have been adopted in the Nettlefold and Stephens Libraries. All members of the library staff are highly qualified in varying aspects of librarianship including Library & Information Studies, Information & Records Management, Teacher-Librarianship and Education.
The Hutchins School ensures that all students understand academic integrity. In-text referencing and end bibliographical skills are taught at Hutchins and all students have access to Turnitin with an educative approach to avoiding plagiarism. Other resources used for academic integrity are the availability of printed information sheets, embedded referencing presentations, the provision of a referencing LibGuide, access to online software and mobile applications for citing and creating references and the use of the TQA Academic Integrity Policy.