The Quinlan Library specifically serves the needs of our Middle and High School students and staff by providing high quality, reliable resources and offering instruction in their use. The library also maintains and promotes an extensive collection of young adult fiction and recreational reading material designed to encourage and support the critical and creative thinking that is fostered by a habit of reading a wide variety ideas, opinions, and views. All members of the AISJ community are encouraged to use Quinlan’s resources - books, periodicals, audiobooks, DVD’s, and online sources. The AISJ libraries use the American Association of School Librarian’s “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” as a framework for collaborating with teachers. These standards are designed so that learners can: “inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge; draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge; share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society; and pursue personal and aesthetic growth.”
The goal of the Quinlan Library at the American International School of Johannesburg is to ensure that students and faculty are effective, self-reliant, and critical users of ideas and information enabling them to be literate life-long learners.
AISJ employs one professional librarian and one full time assistant to maintain the Quinlan collections, to assist the community in using the collection and resources, and to ensure the efficient running of the library.
|The Quinlan collection includes more than13,000 books 1,200 videos and DVD's, 55 periodical subscriptions, and several online databases. We also provide subscriptions to streaming media and a downloadable library of e-books and audiobooks. The online catalog, available at http://jhb-itlib-01:81/, is a searchable database of all the holdings in the AISJ libraries on both campuses which are available to all members of the AISJ community.