West Orange School District Library Media Centers
The Library Media program seeks to inspire students to become lifelong learners who develop a love for reading and become skilled in multiple literacies. Through inquiry based learning, students navigate the wide variety of print and digital resources from which they learn information literacy skills that prepare them for future success. Students are taught how to research, evaluate, and analyze information which is gathered in a time efficient manner and is evaluated critically and competently. This allows students to become designers and creators engaged in real-world applications of their learning who are better prepared for success in college and career. School media specialists foster transformational learning through their instructional leadership in the digital learning landscape. As teachers, they empower students as creators and digital citizens; as coaches, they collaborate with teachers as curators and guides. Each school library provides flexible learning spaces for collaboration and innovation among students. Makerspaces provide opportunities within the district libraries where students can collaborate with their peers to explore, build, create, and tinker. Lessons incorporate literature; science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM); and other cross curricular topics, allowing students to create solutions to real world problems. Each library’s collection is curated by a highly qualified library media specialist who is skilled in selecting award-winning, multicultural print and non-print materials that support and enrich the curricula in all areas.
Adapted from Future Ready Librarians http://futureready.org/about-the-effort/librarians/