* by assuring access to and training in information retrieval from a wide range of print and electronic sources.
* by collaborating with teachers to develop a resource-based curriculum.
* by encouraging teachers to integrate print and electronic media and technology into all content areas.
* by promoting the inclusion of the Colorado Information Literacy Guidelines in student learning experiences.
* by selecting materials that a) support the curriculum, b) promote student enjoyment and appreciation of literature, c) develop visual literacy, and d) improve student productivity.
My vision is that the media center is the hub of the school: the center of information and an integral component of learning in each content area, producing information-literate lifelong learners prepared for the future and ignited with a passion for reading.
Today’s learners were born in an exploding information age. The old adage “knowledge is power” still holds true, yet it is seen in an entirely new context. No longer do we think of knowledge as something that can be contained. In addition, the sheer volume of information available requires more questioning and challenging than ever before. The power in today’s world and the future for today’s learners lies in the knowledge of how to effectively seek, evaluate, and ethically use information. The media center is the place to establish, model, and foster that power.
The learning environment of today’s learners is one of constant change—a factor sure to accelerate exponentially. To survive, students must be able to adapt to and welcome change in learning opportunities, including new technology. The middle school media center provides opportunities for students to acquire, practice, and use the skills necessary for high school and beyond. It also provides opportunities to model adjusting to and embracing change. The information literacy skills learned in middle school establish a solid foundation for the future.
Creating information-literate students requires a joint effort from the entire learning community. The media center offers a perfect environment for collaboration and partnership in student learning. The media center will provide ample models of teamwork—a necessary component of success in the future.
Information-literate students become informed and productive citizens of democracy. Citizens of the twenty-first century live in an age of global inter-connectivity and multicultural diffusion. In addition to preparing productive citizens, the media center will help facilitate and cultivate an international perspective by celebrating multicultural diversity and building understanding, tolerance, and appreciation. The materials in the media center will enable exploration and provide both windows into and mirrors of our global society.
The value of recreational reading should not be overlooked in our zeal to create lifelong learners. Lifelong readers share a passion for expanding the horizons of their imaginations and an appreciation for quality literature. Lifelong readers are true thinkers and dreamers who make correlations of ideas. The pastime of reading can also be a great escape from the demands of a twenty-first century lifestyle. My vision is to ignite and feed this passion in all students by connecting each with the right types of literature to inspire them to become lifelong readers.