Libraries

Overview

The International Academy - Amman has one the largest Resource Centers in Jordan and perhaps the Middle East. These innovative centers of creativity and research consist of three fully-staffed libraries and a Media Lab. Each library employs a Teacher-Librarian, Arabic Language Specialist, and Library Assistant. The Media Lab employs both a Media Technician and Media Teacher.

The International Academy - Amman has one the largest Resource Centers in Jordan and perhaps the Middle East. These innovative centers of creativity and research consist of three fully-staffed libraries and a Media Lab. Each library employs a Teacher-Librarian, Arabic Language Specialist, and Library Assistant. The Media Lab employs both a Media Technician and Media Teacher. The combined resources comprise over 90,000 print resources via DESTINY, our online library catalog, thousands of online sources through Universal Search, over one thousand online eBooks, subscriptions to Questia, SIRS Knowledge Source, eLibrary Science, Oxford Online Reference, Newsbank and more. All three libraries are accessible 24/7 through the IAA school webpage: www.iaa.edu.jo.  Physical facilities are open school days from 7:30am – 3:30pm.  Groups are welcome to contact us for event scheduling.

What We Do:

The Libraries kick off every fall with our Annual Book Fair.  Vendors and authors from Amman and the surrounding area visit campus to read and share with our students for a fun-filled, festive week of dress-up and book-themed activities.  Parents are able to purchase books of interest to encourage a love of reading at home as well as at school.  The Primary and Kindergarten Libraries also host a monthly L2R (Love 2 Read) session, throwing open library doors to parents and children to come after school for pleasure reading.

2015-2016 will be an introduction to our Makerspace Initiative, a monthly program bringing students, parents and library staff together for an hour of creative collaboration to design and create a variety of technical and artistic projects, including 3D printing projects and quilling.

Librarians also host seminars for parents on topics including how to access our eBook subscriptions and our online databases so that they know how to use library resources to the fullest potential and can encourage their children to take advantage of our wonderful resources.

Parents have a way to give back to the Libraries twice a year while also giving to their children through online Scholastic Book Clubs.  The Scholastic International School Book Club, featuring a wide range of books for all tastes and abilities, is a great way for you and your family to choose books together.  Every book is discounted, creating savings for you.  In addition, with every order placed, Scholastic donates a percentage of free books to the libraries.

The Libraries support the Pillars of IAA and Mission of IAA by fulfilling our Duty to collaborate with staff and support student learning.  We encourage Cultural Heritage in our wonderful collection of Arabic and Jordanian resources.  We encourage Acceptance by giving students spaces to work together, share new ideas and diverse opinions.  We offer a framework for Leadership by representing freedom of expression and intellectual growth for all.

Early Years

The Kindergarten Library , a colorful and creative hub of energy and activity, hosts Pre-K to Grade 1. Story time, author series, visitors, costumes, computers and resources fill this energetic space. Children are introduced to reading, appreciation of books and a true love of the written word (in both English and Arabic) is instilled here.

The Kindergarten Library , a colorful and creative hub of energy and activity, hosts Pre-K to Grade 1. Story time, author series, visitors, costumes, computers and resources fill this energetic space. Children are introduced to reading, appreciation of books and a true love of the written word (in both English and Arabic) is instilled here. Classes and library lessons are carefully planned through the Informatics Curriculum and many fun events occur throughout the year like costume parades, book week, Dr. Seuss visit and Parents' Day, to name a few.  Children also enjoy watching puppet shows, listening to stories and participating in library activities that make the library a fun, educational haven with over 12,000 resources.  Library staff travels to Pre-K classes for story time and puppet shows to make sure our youngest learners enjoy the latest in pre-school literature in a familiar and cozy environment.

Primary

The Primary Library caters to Grades 2 through 5 and continues the learning process with library lessons, author series, computer research projects, educational movies, and much more.  Students learn about using the library, about different books, story elements, characters, poetry, digital citizenship, research and much more.

The Primary Library caters to Grades 2 through 5 and continues the learning process with library lessons, author series, computer research projects, educational movies, and much more.  Students learn about using the library, about different books, story elements, characters, poetry, digital citizenship, research and much more. The library has 27 computers for use, a fully-equipped classroom with an interactive whiteboard, a story time area, and many tables for quiet reading, class lessons, and projects. The collection has over 16,000 books that include fiction, non-fiction, teacher resources, award winners, Playaways, eBooks and an Arabic section.

Secondary

The Secondary Library serves Grades 6 through 12 and equips students with the skills they need to work confidently in a modern digital learning environment.  Lessons here focus on collaboration, digital citizenship, inquiry, and information evaluation. The large library has 28 computers for public use, Wi-Fi to support student devices, a fully equipped tiered classroom (seats 28), a Samsung Smart School Media digital teaching classroom with an interactive whiteboard and 24 integrated tablets, a group study room, a teleconference room, and areas for quiet reading, social interaction and research.

The Secondary Library serves Grades 6 through 12 and equips students with the skills they need to work confidently in a modern digital learning environment.  Lessons here focus on collaboration, digital citizenship, inquiry, and information evaluation. The large library has 28 computers for public use, Wi-Fi to support student devices, a fully equipped tiered classroom (seats 28), a Samsung Smart School Media digital teaching classroom with an interactive whiteboard and 24 integrated tablets, a group study room, a teleconference room, and areas for quiet reading, social interaction and research. Library lessons, orientations, class insets, educational films, presentations, and workshops occur here. The Secondary Library displays student artwork, many of which are part of the Library's permanent collection. The vast collection consists of books in many languages, including English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Mandarin and more. References, atlases, fiction, non-fiction, and professional resources can all be found here.  Once a month, the Nerdy Book Club meets to discuss YA novels chosen by students who love to read. 

Media Centre

The Media Lab in the Secondary Library is a hidden jewel on campus.  We have the tools needed to assemble an audio or video project from start to finish, including recording equipment and professional video editing software.   In the Media Lab, students have access to the computers, designing software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, editing and a variety of other programs.  We have cameras and video cameras available for check out.  Students utilize this equipment, and our facility allows students the opportunity to produce professional work of the highest quality.

The Media Lab in the Secondary Library is a hidden jewel on campus.  We have the tools needed to assemble an audio or video project from start to finish, including recording equipment and professional video editing software.   In the Media Lab, students have access to the computers, designing software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, editing and a variety of other programs.  We have cameras and video cameras available for check out.  Students utilize this equipment, and our facility allows students the opportunity to produce professional work of the highest quality. Available for all grade levels, we provide support for MOODLE and Turnitin.com.  The IAA Panorama, showcasing the best of student work online is produced here.  Working in collaboration with teachers via the Informatics Curricula, our two media technologists work with students to incorporate new online tools into the learning process. Individual assistance is given to students on IB projects, Extended Essays, CAS projects and other student initiatives.