Melba Copland Secondary School

Melba Copland Secondary School (MCSS) is a dual campus secondary school situated in the West Belconnen region of Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is the only government school in the Canberra region providing secondary education for all students from years 7 to 12, and offering both the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP). MCSS provides a rich education for 21st century learners in a context of Excellence, Integrity and Harmony.

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Posted on 13 May 2021

MCSS Presents:


Wednesday 19 May 2021
MCSS College Campus Library
4:00pm to 7:00pm
97 Verbrugghen Street Melba 2615

Melba Copland Library featured in National Library Publication

Posted on 29 Apr 2021


Melba Copland has been featured in the Special Report of the Australian Library and Information Association’s publication ‘Scoop’. We have attached the article for your reading enjoyment.

ALIA is the peak Library Industry body and they asked us to share our insights on working with High School students and how public libraries can successfully engage with the teen demographic.




Teen library engagement: learning from the high school experience

High-school aged students have many barriers to accessing library services. Homework, sports, increased social pressure and digital devices all compete with young people’s limited free time. At Melba Copland Secondary School Library we have developed an engagement strategy that uses research-based approaches to help to create a connection between our students and the library. Since the implementation of the strategy 5 years ago student borrowing levels have increased by 90%. The core pillars that the Melba Copland strategy is based on are:

  • The library performs an essential wellness role in the school
  • Collection development should be driven by engaging students to read for pleasure over reading for study
  • Students should see their values and interests represented in the library

Follow the link and under the issue heading click on Special report for the full Scoop publication

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