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Office of Library/Media
About Us
Library media instruction is an essential part of students' K-12 educational experience. School library media programs provide all students and staff members with equal and timely access to ideas and information. Through an integrated instructional program, school library media specialists ensure that their students will be college and career ready for the 21st century.
Our Libraries at a Glance:
  • 54 library media centers staffed by 66 professionally certified school librarians
  • 32 media technicians provide support for instruction and library services
  • Our certified school librarians are involved in direct instruction over 50% of the school day
  • Students and teachers have access to multiple library subscription databases and web tools through Clever.
  • Our district has over half a million books and other items available for circulation
Student Learning Outcomes
Students must be able to achieve cross-curricular learning that will provide them with the skills below from the AASL Standards Framework for Learners (2018).
Shared Foundations
  1. Inquire - Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems
  2. Include - Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community
  3. Collaborate - Work effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals
  4. Curate - Make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance
  5. Explore - Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection
  6. Engage - Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and in an interconnected world.
Domains
  1. Think - Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
  2. Create - Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
  3. Share - Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
  4. Grow - Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students must be able to achieve cross-curricular learning that will provide them with the skills below from the AASL Standards Framework for Learners (2018).
Elementary

Elementary students visit their school's media center at least one day a week for direct instruction in the library curriculum and book selection. The elementary curriculum has four focus areas. Our Information Navigation unit focuses on having students navigate the library exploring the various types of resources offered including utilizing our online catalog system to locate resources to meet their literary needs. During our Digital Citizenship unit students are exposed to best practices for being safe digital citizens that both utilize and produce content for the digital community. Our Research unit highlights the skills necessary to solve those big questions or fill a gap in our knowledge using both print and digital resources. And finally, our Make and Create unit allows us tap into our creative minds with connections between literature and science, technology, and art. One main area of focus is developing computational thinking and problem solving with coding.

Secondary

The secondary library media curriculum builds upon the skills and concepts taught in the elementary library media centers. Various electronic sources, online databases, and specific organizational tools are introduced and utilized in cross curricular units for research and learning. Fully integrated concepts are designed to create independent learners who can thrive in an information-based society and who will enter adulthood with the abilities to fulfill their personal and professional needs. Students are encouraged to develop the positive attitudes necessary to become life-long readers. Classes at the secondary level are flexibly scheduled.

Contact Us
Supervisor of Innovation and Learning:

Dr. Martha Barwick
Email: martha.barwick@hcps.org