|“The MSC library media center is an information technology center and is viewed as an important resource to foster intellectual growth, spiritual development, and critical thought. As the information center of the school, instruction and consultation is provided in the use of information technology, including print materials, non-print resources, subscription databases, and the Internet. The librarians help to integrate the media program into the instructional program of the school by helping to combine the current educational curriculum with various information gathering methods.” |
~ Excerpt from the Mount Saint Charles Academy Library Mission Statement, 2009
|The library media center is comprised of two areas: a large study room (main library) and an adjacent media lab. The main library hosts a print collection including fiction, non-fiction, reference works, and periodicals for a total of 10,000 volumes. Titles are selected to coincide with the curriculum and to promote an interest in recreational reading. This section of the media center has tables and chairs for 25 students and lounge type seating for 8 additional students. Also, 10 student workstations are available to provide convenient computer access. |
The media lab is equipped with 30 student workstations for classroom and individual use. It is used consistently by classes working on research and course related projects. Teachers often bring their classes to the lab to receive instruction on the wide variety of resources available there. The librarians review information gathering skills as they relate to specific class projects assigned.
The library media center is fully automated. Computer resources available include an online catalog to locate materials within the Mount library, a collection of e-books and subscription databases to address research needs across the curriculum, a multitude of Internet resources, and various downloadable word documents to assist students with projects. All of these resources are available to students at home through the Library Media Center link on the MSC website using the student’s chosen username and password. Microsoft Office is installed on all workstations, providing students with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications.
|Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.|
Friday: 7 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Closed daily for lunch from 11:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
Amy Blanchette began her career at Mount Saint Charles Academy in 1985. She graduated from the University of Hartford in 1981 and taught in the Norwood, MA public school system for 3 years before coming to Mount. During her MSC tenure, the Library Media Center has become completely automated and underwent a major renovation to include a computer lab in 2009. She currently oversees all aspects of the Library Media Center and teaches information literacy skills to students in grades 7 through 12.
Mrs. Blanchette is a member of the RI Educational Media Association and the American Association of School Librarians. She is married to Marc Blanchette, MSC Music Director, and has 4 children, all of whom are Mount alumni or are currently enrolled. She currently resides in North Smithfield with her family and is a parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Woonsocket. She enjoys walking, biking, reading, and of course attending the many Fine Arts programs her husband is associated with!