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Melbourne High School Library: About Us



 MHS Library is a welcoming, comfortable and stimulating community place. It is an creative and intellectual hub with a variety of spaces for different purposes and learning styles.

The library is attractive, well organised both physically and virtually. It provides quality, relevant information in many forms, print and digital.  It provides a safe working and study environment.

The MHS library promotes and encourages reading as a lifetime pursuit. It will prepare students for research at a tertiary level and to be responsible digital citizens.

 We are open each school day 8 am - 4 pm 

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The Library Team

Teacher Librarians

Pam Saunders  - Head of Library

(ext 112)

Pam has worked in schools, public libraries, run her own online business and also worked at the State Library of Victoria including the Centre for Youth Literature. She enjoys working with teenagers. Her focus is the joy of researching and reading, thus she is rarely found without a new book in her hand. In the other hand is probably a cup of coffee. At MHS she also teaches Extended Investigation.  

Marie Buckland (ext 133)

Marie draws on her love of reading and appreciation of excellent literature to encourage all students to read and challenge their reading habits by broadening their genre choices. She works closely with English teachers to match students to books for Literature Circles studies. Marie organises literature events, such as author visits and workshops and literary competitions. Thanks to Marie, students enjoy out of school events such as the Melbourne Writers Festival, Slam Poetry competitions, and more. 

Catherine Morton (ext 112)

Catherine in an innovator, researcher and curator. She loves working in educational environments where she can share her information literacy and study skills expertise with students and colleagues.

Catherine has driven school library vans in the Strathbogie Ranges and worked in public libraries where she connected readers to books and researchers to information. She shared the greatest and latest from Kinglake to Kew. Catherine also collaborated with young adult authors to present major literary events for students across Victoria. Her passions include peer coaching, technology integration and maintaining a personal learning network. She tweets as @melbhslibrary and @gorokegirl.

When she’s not filling the stacks, you might find her walking by the Yarra River or playing flute in the Eltham Concert Band.

Tania Sheko (ext 133)

Tania's focus is on connected learning and open education, and she experiments with ways of connecting students to their voice through publishing, to each other, and to people outside the classroom through blogging and other social media. Tania promotes the value of online networking to connect to people passionate about all aspects of life and learning - artists, educators, curators, scientists, journalists, environmentalists, philosophers, to name a few, and to engage in online communities where people share ideas, ask questions, learn and create together.

She spends much of her time creating and capturing things online, then sharing with others, for example, in Libguides and Pinterest. She blogs at Melbourne High School Library and Art Does Matter. Tania runs a Writing Interest Group (WIG) which also has a blog. She tweets as @taniatorikova. She is behind the MHS Library Instagram account. In a previous life Tania has taught English, German, French, Russian and English as a Second Language. She loves literature, art, illustration, design and languages (speaks Russian and tried to learn Arabic at Uni but gave up) as well as collaborative remix and playfulness.

Library Technicians 

Jenny Krasnowski (ext 133) 

Jenny is responsible for the acquisitions and processing of print material so she is normally surrounded by books. She spends much of her time selecting and editing educational film resources for teachers and students on Clickview. She is famous for her knack of fixing things, and supports teacher librarians by finding online resources for them just when they're needed.

Denise Beanland (ext 133)

Denise is an avid reader, and has a range of responsibilities including managing the magazine subscriptions and creating displays which enhance the library and attract passers-by with their attention to detail and innovative design. Most students will know Denise because she takes the time to ask them how they're going and chat a while. Denise is also organises parent volunteers in the library, and is famous for putting on amazing morning teas. Her specialty is the role of Tiffin-Mistress at our annual Tea Duel.