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"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
- Joseph Addison
This Week in the Library:
Grade 5 Library Classes: Students have been working diligently on a research project focusing on a U.S. President. They will use both an online database and an online encyclopedia to find facts about their president. They will use NoodleTools to create citations for their resources and take notes. Each student will complete a seven slide Google Presentation about their president.
Grade 6 Library Classes: Students are working on a research project focusing on the Geologic Time Scale. They will be discovering STEM techniques that scientists use to date fossils and rocks from prehistoric time. They are also researching the Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras . . . all of which are a supplemental part of the Grade 6 Science Curriculum. They will be using an online database, an online encyclopedia and a website of their choice for their research. They are using NoodleTools to take notes and create their citations. Their final project can be one of three options: a timeline, a Google slide presentation or a table which shows the four Eras, 14 time periods and at least ten major events in Earth's history.
Other Research Activities:
The Library Media Program is a vital component of the teaching and learning process.
The goals of the library media program are consistent with the school and district’s vision and mission, state frameworks, state and national standards, and organizational library, media, and technology standards. The library media specialist (LMS) assumes the teaching role of information specialist and teacher, and team-teaches with content area teachers across the curriculum. In grades 6-8, information research and literacy are integrated across content and in specialty areas. The LMS and technology teacher collaborate regularly to solve technology problems; assist teachers with their technology needs, and review student competencies and expectations.
The LMS meets with new faculty during orientation prior to the beginning of the school year to explain services, policies, and procedures. When available, the LMS meets with teams to plan lessons and strategies for locating and using information resources. The LMS also meets with individual teachers upon request. Collaboration includes defining a need, developing strategies to assist student learning, implementation, and assessment.
The LMS fosters independent and collaborative inquiry by enabling students and teachers to utilize various information resources and technologies. The library/media (LM) program encourages and engages students in the learning process. It encourages the use of technology as a tool to create and support learning experiences. The LMS is knowledgeable about current research on teaching and learning and skilled in accommodating the needs and abilities of all students. Since the LM program promotes life-long learning for all, individual learning styles, abilities, and needs are provided for in the diversity of available local and global resources.
Student recommendations for purchases are acknowledged and all requests are purchased when money is available and interest is sufficient. Fiction circulation accounts for an average of 34% of all circulation. Providing for student requests accounts for this statistic.
The teaching and integration of information literacy, technology, and media literacy standards is essential to the library media program. The LM program prepares all students and teachers to be efficient and effective users and producers of information. Strategies for the selection, use, and evaluation of resources and creating and communicating information continue to be taught on an as needed basis in grades 6-8. A district Information Skills curriculum was completed in 2000. The LMS works closely with the technology specialist to develop appropriate information and technology opportunities for teachers. The LMC provides 26-networked computers for hands-on experiences.
The LMC provides access to accurate and current information and technology for learning in an equitable and flexible manner. Resources are carefully selected and systematically arranged, and represent a wide rang of subjects, levels of difficulty, and format. The LMC has policies written and implemented for selection and reconsideration, acceptable use, copyright, and intellectual freedom. The LMC is a member of the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System (CMRLS) and all resources provided as a result of this membership are available and promoted for student and teacher use. Collections are routinely trucked to teacher classrooms for extended periods of time.
The collection is current and supports the Massachusetts Frameworks and Curriculum Standards. The collection is developed after collaborating with students and teachers and other district library/media professionals. Teacher recommendations are always considered. The LMS is also consulted prior to school-wide purchases of equipment, textbooks, and software. Any teacher, departmental, or team initiative is evaluated by the LMS to determine if sufficient resources are available or if supplemental resources will need to be purchased.
The North Middlesex Regional School District and Nissitissit Library/Media Program will support the district-wide vision and mission statements and will play an integral role in the teaching/learning process. The program will enhance the quality of students’ lives and will contribute to their becoming life-long learners who can locate, evaluate, use, and create information. Each student will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to be successful participants in a democracy.
The mission of the Library/Media Program of the North Middlesex Regional School District is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.The mission is accomplished by providing:
- Collaboration with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students
- Instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
- Intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
- A program with the appropriate staff, budget, and facility that meets the information literacy needs of the school community
The mission is accomplished through:
Learning and teaching
- Collaborate with teachers to design learning strategies that foster independent inquiry and meet the individual learning styles, abilities and needs of students
- Integrate information literacy and technology standards throughout the curriculum
- Teach information literacy and technology skills to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and effectively using information and ideas
- Provide a staff development program that focuses on teaching and learning strategies, information literacy and technology standards
Information access and deliver
- Provide intellectual and physical access to current technologies and resources in a variety of formats
- Collaborate with other educational and library organizations
- Promote intellectual freedom and provide an atmosphere that encourages intellectual curiosity
- Provide a program that functions as the information center of the school
- Provide a facility, staff and budget appropriate for implementing the mission
- Communicate and advocate for an exemplary program
- Assess the success of the program