Digital Learning and Library
- Digital Learning and Library - Philosophy Statement
- Libraries - Overview
- Lower School and Media Centre (Preschool to Grade 5)
- Library - Upper School (Grades 6 to 12)
We see our team as helping and working together with everybody at ISL to shape learning to open new possibilities
The International School of Luxembourg supports all learners to be global digital citizens and responsible users of digital ecosystems and environments. Digital fluency is a key aspect of the learning journey in the Lower and Upper School. Through the IT Library team we support learners to build capacity to use new digital technologies to communicate and create original artefacts which amplify learning – as critical thinkers.
In a rapidly changing world, ISL students and staff explore and engage with Digital Fluency (digital citizenship and device management) and Information Fluency as critical competencies to support lifelong learning. The International School of Luxembourg has adopted the DQ Institute framework and 8 Digital intelligences, to guide, mentor, and support the learning of digital fluency in a purposeful and authentic way throughout our units of learning, and with our staff and parent community at ISL.
- To ensure that everyone in our community has access to the resources and space they need to grow intellectually and creatively within and beyond the curriculum.
- To inspire ethical, productive citizens and thinkers who are defined by their capacity to effectively find, critically analyze, evaluate and produce information and innovative ideas.
- To foster a life-long love of reading and learning which helps expand understanding of what matters in our world.
The Libraries at ISL are integral to the school’s focus for teaching and learning and serve the whole community. Our library teams have a wealth of experience, forming a vibrant community of educators and researchers who help create a passion for reading and inquiry. Library staff actively participate in curriculum development and delivery of the teaching programme with a particular emphasis on consolidating/embedding research skills, by ensuring our students and staff become effective, ethical and discerning users of information in addition to promoting a love of reading.
As active partners in the learning taking place at ISL, parents are encouraged to become members of our libraries. Membership provides access to both the Upper and Lower School collections comprising of over 60,000 books, periodicals, and professional titles, in addition to access to current and relevant online research resources and databases. Because of the international nature of our school, our libraries have many resources that cannot be easily found elsewhere in Luxembourg.
Lower School Library and Media Centre - Preschool to Grade 5
The Lower School Library is located on the first floor of the Lower School building and is open to ISL parents, students and staff from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily except Wednesdays, when closes at 3:00 pm.
The library houses a wide selection of resources including:
- Over 35,000 diverse fiction and nonfiction titles including books in languages other than English, magazines and audiobooks, all searchable online via the Lower School Library catalogue.
- Through its interactive Lower School Library Website, the library provides a dynamic virtual space which allows students 24-hour access to materials which facilitate learning such as digital databases, e-books, curated online resource collections for specific subjects as well as digital reading for pleasure resources.
- A professional collection for staff in support of teaching and learning.
- Desktop computers and ipads for student use.
Lower School students are encouraged to foster their passion for literature through story times, book talks, regular visiting authors and by the integration of reading into all aspects of their school experience. Children are supported on their journey to becoming information literate global citizens through the teaching of relevant library research and information literacy skills. Students in Preschool and K1 also have their own satellite libraries for library lessons and borrowing. Library staff collaborate with classroom and specialist teachers, as well as the Digital Learning Coaches to support information and digital fluency instruction both in the library and in the classroom, in addition to maintaining the collection in support of the curriculum.
Upper School Library - Grades 6 to 12
The Upper School Library, located on the first floor of the Upper School building welcomes ISL parents, students, and staff from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday and from 8:00 to 4:00pm on Fridays.
Our library has:
- Over 24,000 diverse and relevant books in our non-fiction/fiction collection.
- Online and physical magazines to support academic and recreational learning.
- Audiobooks and eBooks to support diverse learning needs.
- Online databases for academic research with a strong focus on EE/IA support.
The US Library is a community- focused learning center where ISL parents, students, and teachers can come to read, learn, investigate, and share. Parents and students are welcome to visit the library any time during opening hours and teachers may make scheduled class visits for research instruction. The Extended Essay, Internal Assessment, and research projects are supported through workshops, citation instruction, and research search assistance appointments. For tutoring or silent study, we have several quiet study rooms available.
The US Library website can be found here