The library media specialist is an essential link in an educational learning community which includes students, teachers, administrators, and parents as well as local, regional, state, national, and international communities. The new learning community is not limited by time, place, age, occupation, or disciplinary borders but instead is linked by interests, needs, and a growing array of telecommunications technologies.
Helping students to be information literate in this learning community is the central concern of student-centered library media programs. The goal is to assist all students in becoming active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information to solve problems, think critically, and to satisfy their own curiosity through research and reading experiences. As the keystone of a student-centered library media program, the library media specialist works collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and others.
Highlights of BCPS libraries:
- We have a full time, certified Library Media Specialist in every school.
- Average collection size of print and ebooks- Elementary 12,000- Middle 16,000 and High 18,000
- We offer 24/7 access to rich, digital content to serve all stakeholders- students, parents, families http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/feebased/
- We have a cohort program with Towson University http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/cohort/index.html
In the next three weeks, we will highlight the wonderful elementary, middle and high school libraries throughout the school system.