The School Library in Teaching and Learning for All:
The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today’s information and knowledge-based society. The school library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens.
The Mission of the School Library:
The school library offers learning services, books and resources that enable all members of the school community to become critical thinkers and effective users of information in all formats and media.
The library staff supports the use of books and other information sources, ranging from the fictional to the documentary, from print to electronic, both on-site and remote. The materials complement and enrich textbooks, teaching materials and methodologies.
It has been demonstrated that, when librarians and teachers work together, students achieve higher levels of literacy, reading, learning, problem-solving and information and communication technology skills.
Goals of the school library:
The school library is integral to the educational process. The following are essential to the development of literacy and are core school library services:
Supporting and enhancing educational goals as outlined in the school’s mission and curriculum
Developing and sustaining in children the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning, and the use of libraries throughout their lives
Offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment
Supporting all students in learning and practicing skills for evaluating and using information, regardless of form, format or medium, including sensitivity to the modes of communication within the community
Providing access to local, regional, national and global resources and opportunities that expose learners to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions
Organizing activities that encourage culture and social awareness and sensitivity
Working with students, teachers, administrators and parents to achieve the mission of the school
Proclaiming the concept that intellectual freedom an access to information are essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in a democracy
Promoting reading and the resources and services of the school library to the whole school community and beyond
The school library fulfills these functions by developing policies and services, selecting and acquiring resources, providing physical and intellectual access to appropriate sources of information, providing instructional facilities, and employing trained staff