The school library media center is a vital and integral hub of the school, regardless of its physical location, and as a result must reflect the philosophy and goals of the school and the district. In an age of information overload, acquiring information literacy skills and a commitment to lifelong reading and learning become even more crucial. In the school library media center, students gain an appreciation for literature and develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills as they use a variety of resources to meet the demands of today’s curriculum.
A library media program does not exist in isolation. Each school’s library media program is managed by a Department of Education certified library teacher who performs both an instructional and an administrative role, and works in partnership with students, teachers, staff and administrators to develop the library media program that best meets the needs of that school. Through collaboration the library media program also incorporates the goals and objectives of the Massachusetts State Curriculum Standards, National and State Information Literacy Standards. The combined vision supports the goal of educational excellence and the concept of intellectual freedom.
Information and technology skills are most meaningful when learned within a subject area, within an interdisciplinary unit, or within a unit that addresses a real-life need or problem. Students must be prepared to select from a constantly changing and growing reservoir of information sources, then evaluate and apply this knowledge to meet their educational, personal and recreational needs.