hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily
The media center is the heart of our school. Students use the Media Center to check out textbooks, use computers, and, of course, borrow books for the enjoyment of reading. Faculty and staff use the center for training. The center also houses the poster maker, award maker, videos and DVDs.
We incorporate closed-circuit televison into our daily schedule, and in general, we begin the day with our "Morning Announcments" broadcasting directly from the Columbia CNN Studio.
Our news crews consists of students who learn about the art of video production and the work that goes into it; from pre-planning, scripts and storyboards, to shooting video. Students learn how to work in cooperation with each other, paying attention to detail, responsibility, working in live TV, using math, language arts and people skills
PROGRAMS AND SERVICEAs education moves beyond the textbook and the classroom, the school library media center and its programs are essential to the educational process, providing access to a collection of skillfully selected, organized, and managed resources in all formats. With such resources, the center serves as a major channel through which the changing body of knowledge flows, thereby providing all members of the school community with the broadest possible range of information and ideas. The school library media center will continue to provide programs and materials that promote a love of reading, improve listening skills, foster visual literacy, and encourage the appreciation of fine literature. To supply the resources that are necessary to meet the needs of the members of the school community, the school library media center must have the support of the faculty, the administration, the school committee, and ultimately, the general public. With this support, school library media program can provide today's students with the means to be educated citizens of tomorrow." Standards for School Library Media Centers in Massachusetts Information Power (98) addresses the increasing importance of the school library media program in achieving the school's goal of quality, student-centered education. The principles listed below are the foundation for an effective and essential school library media program.
Learning and Teaching Principles of School Library Media ProgramsPrinciple 1: The library media program is essential to learning and teaching and must be fully integrated into the curriculum to promote students' achievement of learning goals.
Principle 2: The information literacy standards for student learning are integral to the content and objectives of the school's curriculum.
Principle 3: The library media program models and promotes collaborative planning and curriculum development.
Principle 4: The library media program models and promotes creative, effective, and collaborative teaching.
Principle 5: Access to the full range of library resources and services though the library media program is fundamental to learning.
Principle 6: The library media program encourages and engages students in reading, viewing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment.
Principle 7: The library media program supports the learning of all students and other members of the learning community, who have diverse learning abilities, styles and needs.
Principle 8: The library media program fosters individual and collaborative inquiry.
Principle 9: The library media program integrates the uses of technology for learning and teaching.
Principle 10: The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community.
A. Skills and Instruction
Information Power (98) lists nine information literacy standards for student learning, as well as indicators for each standard. These standards can serve as a basis for instruction and experiences offered as part of the library media program.
Standard 1: The student who is information literate evaluates information efficiently and effectively.
Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
Standard 3: The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.
Standard 4: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests.
Standard 5: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.
Standard 6: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.
Standard 7: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.
Standard 8: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
Standard 9: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literature and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.
The library media specialist should utilize the Florida State Sunshine Standards and other established curriculum when planning library media skills instruction.