12 Apr A Word From Mr. Satterly—April 12, 2018
Unless you are a bibliophile of the first order, you are likely unaware that we are in the midst of National Library Week. Lest we dismiss this as just another plug for tomes on obscure topics by writers long past, consider what libraries tend to represent. They encourage the pursuit of knowledge. They offer accessibility. They contribute to culture. In an academic institution, they often serve as the fulcrum of school life and the center of the campus.
Much about libraries has changed over the years. We don’t even call them libraries much anymore—instead, we use “media center” or “student information services” or create more pithy labels like “info hub.” In times gone by, typically students frequented libraries under the duress of an impending research project or a looming deadline. No longer a haven of quiet, they have been transformed into hubs of activities where technology and students abound.
As you know, Westminster Academy has embarked upon a project to transform our current library space. We believe our media center should reflect the institution’s core values and also demonstrate our commitment to engage in the very best practice. To that end, we plan to completely renovate the space this summer with several objectives in mind—the creation of student-friendly areas to encourage community and culture, to provide access to technology and collaborative learning, and to ensure our students are prepared to enter the next stage of their academic journey.
This project is important because it captures both the mind and heart of the school. The new space will offer opportunities to strengthen student learning and connection. It will also demonstrate our commitment to excellence that was first established by Dr. Wackes and offer a fitting tribute to his legacy and provide a pathway for the future.
Grace and Peace,
Joel T. Satterly