Principal Jad Deegan (Macdonald High School, Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Lester B. Pearson School Board) enthusiastically points out the advantages of the newly refurbished library learning commons in supporting pedagogy at Macdonald High School. He highlights the advantages of having spaces for collaboration as well as student-friendly computer stations, and laptop or mobile device counters that facilitate collaborative learning. The accessible shelves along the library’s walls – made possible by a lot of weeding – makes it easier for students to find the items they are looking for.
The Macdonald High School building was constructed in 1907 so many challenges presented themselves when trying to renovate the library and Principal Deegan points out various solutions. In the end, he is pleased with the collaboration with the school board library consultant and the school’s documentation technician in creating a warm, student-friendly atmosphere that has students eager to come to the library.