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RSU #4 Library Media Program Preparing Students for the 21 st Century
The Past. .
The Present. . . "CHILDREN WHO ARE ENGAGED IN READING DO BETTER IN SCHOOL"
The library media program provides access to information in all formats. changing informational formats guidance on use and evaluation
School Libraries Are Places Of Opportunity: • Where all students can strive for and achieve success • Where quality collections are provided, in print and online, that support curriculum and address a variety of learning needs differentiation global market whole language & lifelong learning assistance & guidance learning lab • Where students develop a love of reading and literature • Where library media specialists help students explore the world around them through print and electronic media • Where students can work individually or in small groups on research and collaborative projects
Library media specialists are : work cooperatively with and understands the needs of many groups (students, admin, parents, community, teachers views the schools curriculum with a broad perspective help guide the school staff to make informed decisions understands technology and its uses in teaching and learning custom-designs the LM program to meet the ongoing needs of the school • Teachers • Curriculum partners & Facilitators • Information specialists • Program administrators • Leaders • Contributors
Library Teachers Teach skills and strategies students need to learn and achieve, as well as become effective users of ideas and information Partner in educating students, developing curricula, and integrating resources into teaching and learning Seek, select, evaluate, and utilize electronic resources and tools and instruct teachers and students in how to use them Serve as an instructional resource person which enables teachers to differentiate curriculum Cultivate life-long learners/readers Make connections
WISDOM KNOWLEDGE INFORMATION
Curriculum partners important member of the decision-making team, both administrative & technology • Attend grade level/department meetings • Interlibrary loan/ RSU-resource sharing • Select, locate, acquire (appropriate) essential materials covering all topics and content areas • Planning and integrating information literacy skills
Library Curriculum • Provides resources and activities (strategies) for course, unit, and lesson outcomes • Provides intellectual and physical access to information in print and media resources • Assists teachers and students to search out their information needs, critically evaluate the materials they locate, and use technological means to synthesize their findings
Information Specialists Meet the needs of students in gaining the competencies needed to manage vast amounts of information Works Cited & Parenthetical Documentation Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism Notetaking & Paraphrasing Literacy & Reading Strategies Database searching: developing effective search strings Intellectual freedom
Trying to find information (on the web) is like trying to drink from a fire hose
TEACHING TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO BETTER LOCATE & EVALUATE INFORMATION
Key to providing access to information Collection Development • Knowing the community’s needs/developmental stages. . . who we buy for • Understanding curricular needs & changes • Keeping abreast of new resources and technologies • Matching resources to students and staff
Community Analysis Selection Policies Evaluation Deselection Selection Acquisition
Program Administrators • Evaluate & improve the program to relate to overall school program and remain indispensable to the learning experience/process • Administer policies • Plan, request & defend budget which indicates Budget: resources necessary to accomplish the goals of the Aligning budget to instructional priorities school Long-range planning Requires stakeholder commitment Ensure resource sharing especially in economic difficulties
Leaders in • Technology integration • Instructional resources • Literacy initiatives • CORE curriculum mapping • Collaboration with teachers ?
Staff Activities • Meeting regularly with administration • Attending faculty meetings • In-house professional development • Serving on key committees • Meeting with other school librarians
A qualified school library media specialist in every school. • Studies show that state reading and math test scores improved by 10 to 15 percent in schools with strong library programs and qualified library media specialists. • New York State Education Dept.
The library media program provides instruction • in a structured approach to library catalog, database and world wide web searching • Research skills? • in creative ways to use and present information • to stimulate interest in reading & maintaining lifelong learning
Our school library media specialists • support the mission, goals, objectives, and continuous improvement of the school • analyze instructional program requirements, develop budgets which provide for the purchase and upkeep of all resources the program requires to meet those needs • collaborate with technology staff to meet student’s informational needs
Library predictors of academic achievement • Planning with classroom teachers • Teaching students with classroom teachers • Teaching information literacy skills to students and teachers
Essential elements of school library media programs: • Learning and teaching • Information access and delivery • Program administration
Public Libraries in RSU#4 • Litchfield: 0 (Town Access to Gardiner ? miles) • Sabattus: 0 • Wales : 0 • Total: 0
The Future. . . • e-books • resource sharing