The library media program represents a combination of resources that includes people, services, materials, equipment, and facilities. Its prime responsibility shall facilitate the teaching-learning process by providing resources and services that satisfy both individual and instructional needs of students in an atmosphere that promotes inquiry, creativity, self-direction, communication of ideas, and the ability to use rational processes.
In this manner, the program provides a learning environment in which individual differences and enrichment needs can be met as students attain basic skills and achieve identified goals.
- Support, complement, and extend classroom instruction by providing facilities, personnel, materials and programs to meet the informational needs of students, teachers, and administrators.
- Organize, index and circulate print and audiovisual learning resources appropriate for students of varying achievement levels and differing teaching-learning styles.
- Provide an atmosphere conducive for the cultivation of reading, viewing and listening and a laboratory environment for research, study and production.
- Develop respect for intellectual freedom and assure unrestricted access to information and ideas.
- Instruct students in the use of the media center and its resources.
- Assist students in developing techniques of critical evaluation, skills to ensure independent learning, and the ability to present information in a variety of formats.
- Promote the lifelong pursuits of reading, listening, viewing and computing as continuing processes for education and recreation.
- Encourage each student's appreciation of the communications media and the people who produce them.
- Advise teachers in the use of appropriate instructional technology and in the design of educational materials and strategies to achieve learning objectives.
- Encourage innovation in adapting information technology and resource sharing to the educational setting.