The Role of the School Library/Media Specialist
School Librarians are integral members of their school’s educational team.As teachers, we:
- Foster a love of reading.
- Instruct, guide and support all students from K – 12 throughout their academic careers to produce literate and informed learners who can thrive in a digital, knowledge-based world.
- Infuse district, state and national curricula, information literacy and technology standards
- Collaborate with teachers in our building, across all grade levels and all subject disciplines throughout the educational process.
- Demonstrate best practices in information literacy skill instruction and the utilization of resources for the maximum benefit of all school players.
- Impact and support every content area on every grade level through primary (direct instruction, targeted information & research & skills development) and secondary avenues (indirect support, research support & collection development).
- Serve as leaders in inquiry-based learning.
- Are active participants in curriculum writing & school improvement projects and on planning committees.
- Provide expertise in the acquisition and evaluation of resources in all formats for both students and staff.
- Provide a diverse, balanced and high-quality collection of learning resources representing all points of view, formats and range of complexity.
- Provide professional development in the areas of instruction, education and technology.
- Provide daily tech support for students, teachers and administrators.
- Guide and direct all activities related to the library/media program.
- Develop, manage and maintain a library collection, a library facility, a computer laboratory, a budget and equipment.
- Supervise, organize and train community volunteers in the library media center.