"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.” ~Barack Obama
Philosophy of School Library Service We believe that the School Library should be a welcoming, student-centered, learning environment in which a dedicated, inspired, and highly-qualified School Librarian serves as the essential link between the school community, technology and information.
It is our belief that schools deserve true, Master’s-holding, fully-certified School Librarians, in a full-time capacity, to act as the Information Literacy and Technology experts. Information Literacy must be taught by a caring, intelligent, and motivated librarian who wishes to nurture the spark of curiosity within students. School Librarians know that true learning begins with a genuine desire to know something.
The most valuable gift a School Librarian can give to students is the comprehensive understanding that is Information Literacy. School Libraries enable students to become successful contributors to this world of information.
“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education.” ~ Harold Howe, former US Commissioner of Education
Mission Through librarian-led information literacy instruction, equitable access to resources for the school community, and collaboration with educators in planning curriculum that supports the needs of the school, the School Library ensures students and staff make effective use of information, ideas, technology and library services.
School Library programs are dedicated to providing accurate and objective library materials that represent many different cultures and ways of life in an equitably accessible manner. Instructional materials of the highest quality are offered in many formats. School Librarians promote active and analytical thinking, enabling students to become engaged, productive, and independent learners. Information Literacy curriculum that is created through collaboration with the educational staff ensures a deeper learning experience by placing information in the context of the real world. School Library Services increase student literacy, promote critical thinking, foster an appreciation of reading, support competency with technology, and enable students to become life-long learners.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn,the more places you'll go.” ~Dr. Seuss
Vision The role of the School Librarian is to be a collaborative educational partner, a leader and expert in the literary, and informational needs of students, and both the impetus and support of technological progress. The School Library Media Center is the informational hub of the school providing a diverse, accurate, and objective collection, equal technological access, and an inviting learning environment.
For faculty and students, the School Library is the place where research materials, pleasure reading materials, and electronic resources can be equitably accessed. The School Librarian is the expert on Youth Literature, research methods, and stays current with knowledge of technology. The School Librarian manages the library and ensures that it is a place that promotes inquiring, thinking, learning, imagining and evolving.
“Information is the currency of democracy.” ~Thomas Jefferson