Let’s Talk Libraries: Paula Na Nagara - St Mark’s School
St Mark’s Church School was founded in 1917 and offers a blend of traditional values and modern-day learning. St Mark’s is an IB World School, offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
“St Mark’s Church School’s information hub catalogue searching has increased by 1,000 searches each year and their fast find searches have doubled since 2020, despite only being halfway through 2021.”
The school library at St Mark’s Church School is an information hub and a whole school resource. Students use it as a refuge, to change books, research new topics, a quiet space, a place for creativity and class visits, literature appreciation, events and a meeting room.
After 9 years of using Accessit Library, Paula has had experience with most of the features within the system. When asked what she likes the most about Accessit Library, Paula said:
“Currently the dashboard, as I can create targeted and quality online content for teachers to use with their students for Units of Inquiry. I also like the phone app, which is especially useful in Summer when we do a pop-up library outside, and I can still issue and return items.”
St Mark’s Church school caters for many learning styles, which means that they need a library system that makes it easy for students to search the library and find the resources they need and want. Accessit Library provides students choice with its One Search feature, which searches multiple resources and content providers with a single search.
“I think first and foremost Accessit provides our students with choice. This is important when you have neurodivergent learners. (Our school also offers the Arrowsmith programme). There are some students who are happy to browse the library shelves for their reading needs and others who prefer to use Accessit to locate and engage with the reading format/experience that suits them the best.”
St Mark’s Church School’s information hub catalogue searching has increased by 1,000 searches each year and their fast find searches have doubled since 2020, despite only being halfway through 2021. Customer support is a key focus at Accessit Library. It’s essential for users to communicate with the team in order to answer questions and solve problems. When asked about the Accessit Library Customer Support team, Paula said:
“I’m an Accessit user from way back and have always found the Support team to be incredibly helpful, approachable, efficient, professional and oh so patient. They are so good at their job that I prefer to use them over the Accessit Library portal.”