M-DCPS Library Media Services mission is to collaborate with educators at all levels in assisting students to become active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information. With these skills, as well as knowledge of the information search process, students will become skillful consumers and producers of information. This foundation will enable students to become lifelong learners in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

The Library Media Services program facilitates this process by:

  • providing professional resources in a variety of formats;
  • offering professional growth opportunities;
  • networking with community connections offering diverse resources;
  • providing leadership in evaluating and improving school library media programs.

Specifically, the Library Media Services staff will endeavor to:

  • improve student achievement by guiding school library media specialists in integrating information literacy skills throughout the curriculum;
  • improve student reading skills by providing library media specialists with print, nonprint, and electronic resources;
  • offer guidance in developing reading motivation programs and materials;
  • promote the use of technology to locate and use information;

Program Philosophy

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.

Program 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.