IT’S A LIBRARY
AND SO MUCH MORE!
Meet Mrs. South
This is my ninth year as the Media Specialist at Somerset Intermediate. During the previous eight years I taught 2nd grade. I received a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from Salisbury University in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and School Library Media at Towson University in 2012.
Somerset Intermediate School Media Center supports both academic and recreational reading. The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished:
- by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
- by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, listening, and using information and ideas
- by providing instruction and support to students and staff that supports development of 21st century skills and knowledge.
- by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
Checking Out Books
Teachers may use Lab Scheduler to reserve the Media Center for book checkout.
Students may come to the media Center to check out books with a teacher's permission at any time of the school day. Return books after they have been read!
WHAT IS INFORMATION LITERACY?
The American Library Association defines information literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have to ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." ALA also states that "information literacy is a survival skill in the Information Age." "Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning."
Today's employers are looking for people who understand and can adapt to the characteristics of the Information Age. If a student has "learned how to learn," upon graduation, they are a much more attractive job candidate. An information literate individual--with their strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills--can be expected to be an adaptable, capable and valuable employee, with much to contribute.
Learning activities may include:
- activities that develop strategies for selecting, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and creating information in all curriculum content areas.
- experiences that encourage users to become skilled creators of information through introduction to the full range of communications media and use of the new technology.
- activities that accommodate a wide range of differences in teaching and learning styles and in instructional methods, interests, and capabilities.
- the use of resources that represent a diversity of experiences, opinions, and social and cultural perspectives, all of which support the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are required for effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy.