Prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Carmel Catholic renovated, expanded and upgraded its library to transform it into a state-of-the-art Information Commons.
The mission of the Information Commons is to support the information and academic needs of the Carmel Catholic learning community. In a growing digital world, the Information Commons subscribes to more than 30 databases which include scholarly journals, news print, audio and visual resources necessary for academic research. In addition to this, we maintain a print collection of approximately 10,000 books, magazines and newspapers, and house hundreds of videos and audio books. The Information Commons has a collection of 60 Windows laptops, a 10-station Mac Lab, and a small video production studio in which students are encouraged to connect, collaborate and create. Our large seating area is divided into zones (quiet and not-so-quiet) and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for students to work or decompress as much as they need.
Beyond supporting the information needs of the learning community, the Information Commons works with teachers to design projects that focus on research, collaboration and creative skills necessary for ethical, efficient and effective use of information and technology. Collectively known as Information Literacy skills, the Information Commons works diligently with teachers and administrators to ensure students leave Carmel Catholic with the skills and dispositions to be expert critical thinkers, problem solvers and formidable contributors to their future communities and to the world.