The mission of a school library media program as defined by the American Association of School Libraries and incorporated by Queen Creek High School is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished by
- providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats;
- providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; and
- working with educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
This mission focuses on offering programs and services that are centered on information literacy and that are designed around active, authentic student learning as described in the information literacy standards for student learning.
Faculty: Marisol Lechner
Certified Media Specialist
English Department Chair
Courses: Library Intern, Independent Advancement Program
The goals of the QCHS Library Media Program are to meet the needs of students as defined by district policy, Arizona State Standards, and standards set by the American Library Association. These goals are as follows:
- To provide intellectual access to information through learning activities that are integrated into the curriculum and that help all students achieve information literacy by developing effective cognitive strategies for selecting, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, creating, and communicating information in all formats and in all content areas of the curriculum.
- To provide physical access to information through:
a. a carefully selected and systematically organized local collection of diverse learning resources that represent a wide range of subjects, levels of difficulty, and formats;
b. a systematic procedure for acquiring information and materials from outside the library media center and the school through such mechanisms as electronic networks, interlibrary loan, and cooperative agreements with other information agencies; and instruction in using a range of equipment for accessing local and remote information in any format.
- To provide learning experiences that encourage students and others to become discriminating consumers and skilled creators of information through comprehensive instruction related to the full range of communications media and technology.
- To provide leadership, collaboration, and assistance to teachers and others in applying principles of instructional design to the use of instructional and information technology for learning.
- To provide resources and activities that contribute to lifelong learning while accommodating a wide range of differences in teaching and learning styles, methods, interests, and capacities.
- To provide a program that functions as the information center of the school, both through offering a locus for integrated and interdisciplinary learning activities within the school and through offering access to a full range of information for learning beyond this locus.
- To provide resources and activities for learning that represent a diversity of experiences, opinions, and social and cultural perspectives and to support the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are prerequisite to effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy.
Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: American Library Association; Washington, D.C.: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1988.
"The Vision" of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. American Library Association and Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1998.