The John A. Pidgeon Library is the “learning commons” of the Kiski School, serving the school’s mission in preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. The library program seeks to ensure that all members of the Kiski community are resourceful, effective, and ethical in using ideas and information to pursue and generate knowledge. This mission is accomplished by
Providing intellectual and physical access to quality materials in a variety of media formats that meet students’ information needs
Providing sanctuary for quiet study and reflection along with the physical space for group work
Promoting collaboration with faculty and designing interdisciplinary teaching opportunities to integrate resources, information and technology across the curriculum
Fostering literacy and a life-long love of reading and learning through stimulating instruction and activities
Educating students, faculty and staff on the appropriate use, and intellectual property of information
Striving to maintain current and comprehensive knowledge of the school’s curriculum, and of the instructional best practices, tools and resources.
Meet Our Team
List of 3 members.
Director of Library Services
University of Pittsburgh - B.A. University of Pittsburgh - M.L.I.S.
Being a librarian in the age of information is a challenging and fulfilling job. And being a librarian at Kiski is even better. Students here have access to some of the finest resources, both in print and online, and they use the best tools technology has to offer.
Gone are the days when librarians taught students how to find books on shelves using a classification system on cards in drawers. Now students must be able to find what they’re looking for using databases, e-books, web indexes, search engines, and online subscription services, as well as traditional reference materials and books. And, more importantly, they must be able to evaluate the information they find for its accuracy, authority, currency, objectivity and relevancy.
My role as librarian is to teach these information literacy skills while instilling a healthy skepticism so that students ask the essential questions throughout the research process. I want to inspire students to be curious, so that they seek and generate data that leads to information, information that leads to knowledge, knowledge that leads to wisdom—all with a view to share their findings with their community and ultimately change the world.
The main library houses the general collection of approximately 20,000 books and other media and seating designed for individual study and group work, as well as a teaching area for bibliographic and research instruction. The Circulation desk and Librarian’s office are here as well. Located on the second floor of the library are the Computer Services Department, a Lecture Room and flexible classrooms to accommodate larger groups, projects, and a variety of audiences.
Bradley Reading Room
The Library offers an atmosphere perfect for reading, research and reflection, starting with the Bradley Reading Room. The octagonal room overlooking the campus pond is furnished with comfortable leather chairs, wall-to-wall window seating, a cozy fireplace and over 80 subscriptions to print magazines, journals and newspapers.
Special Collections Room
Established in 2009, the Special Collections Room is a comfortable space for quiet study or collaborative work. It houses the extensive Myers Hemingway Studies Exhibit and Collection, The Helen Mason Moore Poetry collection, and the James Moore Collection for Studies in American Religion.
When Mr. Pidgeon celebrated his 45th year at Kiski, The Board of Trustees commemorated the event with a special collection of original Ralph Waldo Emerson documents and artifacts to honor the headmaster’s love of American literature and the ideals embodied by Emerson. These materials are on display in the Emerson Room, a small conference room on the second floor of the library.
Kiski School Archives
In 2014, the Pidgeon Library embarked on a long-term project to formally preserve, organize, catalog and provide digital access to Kiski School archives so that our rich heritage as one of the country's oldest boys boarding schools might be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come. The Kiski Archives collection contains documents, photos and memorabilia dating back to the school's founding in 1888. School newspapers, Alumni Bulletins, K-Books and yearbooks are now being cataloged in a searchable database here. Inquiries about the Archives can be made by contacting the Director of Library Services at Library@kiski.org.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.