VISION, MISSION, PHILOSOPHY, STANDARDS, AND EXPECTATIONS
In collaboration with the school’s learning community, Blount County Schools’ library media programs will be the center of teaching and learning by providing access to quality collections and technologies and by extending services beyond the library media center’s four walls and the school day.
The mission of the BlountCountySchool DistrictLibrary/ Media Program is to enable individuals to become information literate and effective lifelong learners. The Library/Media Program will focus on four core areas identified in Alabama Department of Education Alabama’s School Library Media Handbook for the 21st Century Learner which support each school’s instructional program to improve student learning and student achievement.
§ensuring learners will be able to independently inquire, think critically, and gain, create, and share knowledge;
§providing real and virtual access to appropriate, high-quality resources and services during and outside the school day;
§participating in curriculum development and design of learning activities; and
§facilitating professional development for the learning community.
Philosophy and Standards
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner offers a vision for teaching and learning to guide our profession. The learning standards begin by defining nine foundational common beliefs
§Reading is a window to the world.
§Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
§Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
§Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
§Equitable access is a key component for education.
§The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
§The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skill that will enable them to learn on their own.
§Learning has a social context.
§School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.
The Standards describe how learners use skill, resources, and tools to:
1.Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
2.Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
3.Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.