Welcoming the IGS Bibliothèque Director and Assistant Director

IGS Bibliothèque Director Jenny Williams and Assistant Director Patrice Marchbank are excited to be heading up a "brand new library".

Both Jenny and Patrice are looking forward to collaborating with experienced IGS library assistants Lorelle Donohoe and Karina Raubinger who have in depth knowledge of library services at IGS. They are also being joined by ICT Integrator Rukhshanda Zaman, seconded from the ICT team.

Ms Williams is a renowned NSW Head of Libraries. She is a dedicated and passionate practitioner, focused on nurturing a love of reading and life-long learning skills. She is a teacher and a librarian, and has an impressive record of successfully leading and managing high performing libraries in government and non-government schools, universities and public libraries.

Over her illustrious career, Ms Williams has worked at Newcastle University, Lake Macquarie Public Library, Barker College, Loreto Normanhurst, MLC School, Queenwood, Riverview and Mt St Benedict College.

“I am energised and excited by the prospect of leading the beautiful new Bibliothèque at IGS.”

The two-storey IGS Bibliothèque will open early in Term 3 2020. It has been created as part of comprehensive campus improvements in keeping with the IGS Strategic Plan Into the World 2016-2020

“We wanted to attract a visionary director and assistant director and this is exactly what we have!” said Principal Shauna Colnan. “I’m thrilled for our School!”

Ms Marchbank initially studied a BA at the University of Sydney in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and was involved in excavations of an Ancient Hellenistic Theatre site in Paphos, Cyrus, before moving into Information Management and IT. She has qualifications in teaching and information management and is completing a Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship).

“Oddly enough both archaeology and information science deal with classification and data!” Patrice said. “I spent over 15 years working in IT and Information Management at the University of Sydney before retraining to become a teacher, so that I could transition from Higher Education to Primary and High School Libraries. In my opinion, school libraries are much more vibrant and creative places.

“I am very excited to be taking on a role in a library that spans from our very youngest learners in the ELC through to Year 12 at a School that aligns so closely with my own values. Modern libraries, particularly in a school, are lively, living places. They are just as much about people and ideas as they are about books and databases. 

“On a recent walk-through of the Bibliothèque I was immediately struck by the way it truly is the centre of the School. The separate zones for reflection and collaboration, the avenues and promenades for movement and gathering, immediately brought to mind the ancient Athenian ‘Agora’ which was the heart of the city – a meeting place that served as a place of meeting and exchange of people and ideas.

“It is the sharing of ideas that makes us human and I feel that the Bibliothèque is exactly the sort of space to encourage this.”

Ms Marchbank is currently Junior School Teacher Librarian at Abbotsleigh. She will begin with IGS in Term 4.