Media Center Program

Mission Statement
Our mission is to create a dynamic media program that facilitates life long learning and promotes a love of reading by working collaboratively with the staff and students to meet the needs of each member of our school community.

Vision Statement

Our student-centered library media program seeks to promote a love of reading and to help students learn how to access, evaluate, and use information from a variety of print and non-print sources in order that they may become “skillful consumers and producers of information.”

To that end, I embrace each of the four interdependent roles of a media specialist as identified by the ALA: teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator.

  • As a teacher, I will work with students and other members of the school community to analyze learning and information needs, locate and use resources to meet those needs, and communicate the information the resources provide. Using a variety of strategies such as read alouds, book talks, and individual selection support, I will promote reading for enjoyment.
  • As an instructional partner, I will collaborate with teachers to design and implement authentic learning tasks which integrate information acquisition skills and support the curriculum at each grade level.
  • As an information specialist, I will provide leadership and expertise in acquiring and evaluating information resources; model strategies for locating, accessing, and evaluating information, and demonstrate the ethical use of the information obtained from these sources.
  • As the program administrator, I will work collaboratively with members of the school community to define and implement the policies of the library media program.

** Much of the wording in this vision statement is taken directly from pages 2-5 of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Chicago: ALA, 1998.

Library Curriculum
The school library media program integrates literacy skills instruction across the curriculum at each grade level. Click on the Library Curriculum Chart to see an overview of our program.

Selection Policy
In accordance with MCPS policy, all materials are evaluated and selected to meet the information needs and reading interests of Goshen students and staff members.

Intellectual Freedom and Access
All users are granted full access to the materials, facilities, and services provided by the media center. This policy is in support of the ALA's Library Bill of Rights .

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Created by JoAnn Floyd. Last updated 4/10/07.