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To motivate students to love reading and to see that reflected in their attitudes and habits.
Philosophy I believe that the school library media center should function as a hub of interactive and ongoing learning, enrichment, and engaging reading experiences. It should be “the students’ library” and should therefore be a place that students wish to frequent. As the library information specialist, I will fulfill this purpose for the SLMC and the library program by collaboratingwith educators, providing equitable access to resources, promoting literacy and the library, and implementing best practices in library services, instruction, and instructional technology. The library information specialist should be an innovative practitioner for the purpose of engaging students and building student interest in reading, learning, and the library. In partnership with teachers, the library information specialist and the SLMC should play an essential, ongoing role in helping students to become lifelong learners and readers, critical consumers of information, responsible digital citizens, and able users of technology.
Guiding Beliefs 1. All students should have access to the LMC and its resources.2. All students can benefit from using the LMC. 3. The LMC should be student-centered and student-friendly.4. The environment of the LMC should be aesthetically pleasing, welcoming, and functional to the needs of students and faculty.5. Students and teachers should feel welcome in the LMC.6. The programs, resources, and collection offered in the LMC should be motivating and engaging to students; student input should be sought, valued, and utilized. 7. The resources, collection, and technology in the LMC should be as current and user-friendly as possible and should honor the needs of diverse learners. 8. The library information specialist should strive to support and enhance curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The library information specialist should also continually promote pleasure reading through library programming and in interactions with students. 9. The library information specialist should embed research and technology skill development into content-based, active learning opportunities planned collaboratively with teachers. 10. LMC programs and instruction should help students to develop transliteracy (information literacy across diverse media) and digital citizenship (the competencies needed to navigate the digital world in a safe, responsible, respectful, and ethical manner.)
Library Environment Informal, appealing, flexible spaces Ample natural lighting Sustainable and “green” if possible Comfortable seating areas Collaborative work areas Café type area Ample use of technology throughout library
Programming Flexible scheduling for “just in time” learning and teachable moments Collaboration with teachers through shared planning and GoogleDocs Promotion of free, voluntary pleasure reading as a schoolwide program Outreach through Facebook, Twitter, and school closed-circuit tv Allow students to create book trailers/teasers and share what they are reading through Animoto and GoodReads/Shelfari
Technology Resources Many laptop carts, laptops can be used anywhere in library SMART Board/IWB, CPS Chalkboard, CPS Clickers, ELMO and digital projector, iPads, iPods Wiki with student academic resources such as TSLA Civil War digital collection Wiki with college and career resources Teacher wiki with content resources Tennessee Electronic Library (GALE databases, EBSCO Points of View Reference Center, online World Book Encyclopedia) ebooks/eReaders and free ebook resources Online platforms such as GoogleDocs, GlogsterEdu, wikispaces, Animoto, Prezi Digital citizenship certification program for students
Support English learners through graphic novels, EL supportive strategies in the library, hi-low (high interest, low reading level) books and books in the first language (this improves content knowledge and literacy development in English as well)
Provide an inclusive environment by including graphic novels for students with hearing impairments, Braille items for students with visual impairments, and assistive technology for students with exceptionalities
Engage reluctant readers through interactive, engaging displays, readers’ advisory, and graphic novels
A dynamic vision=a dynamic library! (that students use and love) “Why I Need My High School Library” video
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