Technology and Libraries
Welcome to the Office of Information & Innovation (I&I)
In today's educational environment, our students, faculty, and staff are increasingly working with and seeking information. Within the context of the Gilman Skills, we are charged with fostering a community of learners who pursue skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creation. All of these skills are centered around the consumption and creation of information and content. In our respective roles, the Education and Technology Support team and divisional library teams have been approaching this effort on different but parallel paths. However, when it comes to providing support in pursuit of these skills, there is overlap, as well as some synergy, in our work: some that we have seen, and some that remain only potential because of our current configuration.
In support of designing equitable and engaging teaching and learning experiences, we aim to collaboratively curate and provide training in using the most effective educational strategies and resources at our disposal.
Therefore, the opportunity was ripe for us to bring these two teams together. When working as one, this new team can more thoroughly support the School's efforts to innovate, explore, and engage with the growing information resources at our disposal. Our libraries, especially our Upper School library, can become central hubs of information sharing, collaboration, teacher and student training, and cross-disciplinary research. Cross-training team members will provide opportunities for greater instructional, informational, and technological support within our community. And, with a broadened, collaborative approach, this new team can better serve the full PK-12 spectrum.
This merger can be a real game-changer for how we support teaching and learning at Gilman going forward.
Director of Information and Innovation
Gilman enjoys three libraries: the William Passano Library (Lower School, grades PK-5), the Walter Lord Library (Middle School, grades 6-8), and the Edward R. Fenimore Jr. Memorial Library (Upper School, grades 9-12). The three have a combined collection of more than 40,000 print and non-print materials, including books, periodicals, and electronic resources.
Each collection is appropriate to the grades it serves, and all students receive instruction in the use of library resources. Library resources are open to all members of the Gilman community. In addition to research tools, a richly diverse literature collection, and an extensive periodical collection, the library department sponsors book clubs, Books and Bagels Club, book fairs, book swaps, and author visits, and helps design the annual summer reading lists.
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