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Title: Function of the School Library Media Center


1
Function of the School Library Media Center
  • Britany Howell
  • LM 563
  • University of West Alabama

2
Function of the Library Media Center
  • Provide a wide range of resources and information
    that accommodate the needs and interests of
    students
  • Provide a setting where students develop skills
    they will need to locate, analyze, evaluate,
    interpret, and communicate information and ideas
  • Serves ALL students of the community
  • Collection should include materials to meet the
    needs of all learners
  • Promote the importance of valuing the freedom to
    read

3
Function of the Library Media Center
  • Technology-rich learning environment with an
    array of information resources
  • Focus on the process of learning rather than
    giving out information
  • Combines effective learning and teaching
    strategies with activities
  • Create and maintain a program for a broad
    learning community students, teachers, parents,
    administration, and community

4
Vision of the School Library Media Center
  • To create a foundation for lifelong learning
  • To guarantee every young person an equal and
    effective educational opportunity

5
Vision of the School Library Media Center
  • Enforce a library media program that promotes
    student reading, such as
  • Connecting a reluctant reader with the right book
    to motivate him/her to read
  • Help a poor reader comprehend better by teaching
    about signal words
  • Encourage a good reader to challenge themselves
    by choosing a more difficult book
  • Entice a young author to publish his/her book

6
Goals of the School Library Media Center
  • Ensure that students and staff are effective
    users of ideas and information
  • Provide intellectual access to information
    through integrated learning activities that help
    children achieve information literacy
  • To provide physical access to information by
  • Organizing diverse collections
  • Systematic procedure for accessing information
    outside the library media center

7
Goals of the School Library Media Center
  • Provide learning experiences that encourage
    students to become discriminating consumers
  • Provide a program that functions as the
    information center of the school
  • Provide resources and activities for learning
    that represent a diversity of experiences,
    opinions, and social and cultural perspectives

8
Services that should be offered to students
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Instruction led by the library media specialist
    on a regular basis
  • Technology-enhanced programs

9
Services that should be offered to teachers
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Partnership
  • Training

10
Services that should be offered to the community
  • Diverse collections that represent various points
    of view on current and historical issues
  • Adult Education
  • Non-discriminatory environment that is conducive
    to learning

11
Role of the Library Media Specialist
  • Should be a leader in carrying out the schools
    instructional program
  • Serve as an information specialist
  • Teacher
  • Instructional Consultant
  • Is part of a planning and teaching
  • team with the classroom
  • Teaches information literacy
  • Provides one-on-one tutoring for students in need

12
Role of the Library Media Specialist
  • Serves as program administrator
  • Trainer who provides in-service programs for
    teachers on resource-based learning, integrating
    information literacy into the curriculum, and
    getting the most out of technology
  • Manage networked technology

13
Principals Role
  • Provide access to
  • information for students
  • and staff
  • Collaborate with teachers so
  • every student learns to access,
  • evaluate, and use information
  • Join in the learning community to encourage every
    student to read, view, and listen for information
    enjoyment

14
Principals Role
  • Administer a planned program that provides a
    welcoming environment that is conducive to
    learning
  • Ensure that library media services match the
    needs and preferences of the school community
  • Know the condition of your schools collection

15
References
  • American Association of School Librarians
    Association for Educational Communications and
    Technology. (1998). Information Power Building
    Partnerships for Learning. Chicago American
    Library Association.
  • American Library American Association of School
    Librarians. (n.d.). Position Statement on the
    Role of the School Library Media Program.
    Retrieved December 4, 2007, from The University
    of West Alabama Web site http//www.bb.uwa.edu
  • American Library American Association of School
    Librarians. (n.d.). Position Statement on the
    Value of Library Media Programs in Education.
    Retrieved December 4, 2007, from The University
    of West Alabama Web site http//www.bb.uwa.edu
  • Lance, Keith C. (1994). The Impact of School
    Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement.
    SLMQ, 22. Retrieved December 4, 2007, from The
    University of West Alabama Web site
    http//www.bb.uwa.edu

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References
  • Lance, Keith C., Rodney, Marcia J.,
    Hamilton-Pennell, Christine. (2000). How School
    Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards. Retrieved
    December 4, 2007, from The University of West
    Alabama Web site http//www.bb.uwa.edu
  • Lance, Keith C. (2001). The Importance of School
    Libraries. Retrieved December 4, 2007, from The
    University of West Alabama Web site
    http//www.bb.uwa.edu
  • Lance, Keith C. (2001). Proof of Power Quality
    Library Media Programs Affect Academic
    Achievement. Multimedia Schools. Retrieved
    December 4, 2007, from The University of West
    Alabama Web site http//www.bb.uwa.edu
  • Literacy Partners. Retrieved December 4, 2007,
    from The University of West Alabama Web site
    http//www.bb.uwa.edu
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