The mission of the John Muir Elementary School Library Media Program is to ensure "that students are effective users of ideas and information" (ALA 1998).
How does this happen?
The teacher-library media specialist encourages and supports learning and literacy as:
- TEACHER: teach essential information and technology skills.
- READING ADVOCATE: guide and promote reading, books, media, and technology.
- INFORMATION MANAGER: provide information and technology services, systems, resources, and facilities.
School library media specialists are critical in evaluating the flood of information available to students. The library media specialist introduces students to a wide variety of literature through books. In addition, students need to have skills in the areas of analysis, interpretation, synthesis, application and communication of information. The teacher-library media specialist is integral to the development of these skills.