The library media center and its resources are available to every student and educator in the school system. Learning and teaching is fully integrated into the curriculum to promote students’ achievement of learning goals. The library media specialist in each school connects students and others with the information they need to engage in learning by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in a variety of formats.
In an information age, it is increasingly important to teach students the skills necessary to locate, use, synthesize, apply, evaluate and share information. These skills are in a PreK- 12 continuum as students gain increasing expertise through their school years. These information literacy skills are essential for student progress throughout the schooling process and are a vital component of lifelong learning.
The mission of the Howard County School Library Media Program is to provide opportunities for students and staff to become effective users of ideas and information.
Learning and teaching, information access, and program administration are the essential elements of school library media programs. These elements suggest the roles that the library media specialist plays in supporting student learning. The functions and services necessary to the learning and teaching and the information access roles will promote that learning directly; program administration activities offer underlying organization support to the program.
The goal areas and objectives for library media specialists are derived from Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (American Library Association, 1998). Library media specialists and administrators are referred to this document for additional information and lists of resources.
Instructional Technology and Library Media Advisory Board
The Instructional Technology and Library Media Advisory Board consists of Technology Teachers, Library Media Specialists, parents, and other interested community members who meet to advise, support, and advocate for the continuous improvement of the HCPSS Instructional Technology and Library Media programs in order to ensure that all Howard County students are college and career-ready.
- help establish short and long range goals for services, resources, and technology integration
- help maintain a current collection policy/collection development plan
- support special instructional technology library media program activities and celebrations
- advocate for the instructional technology and library media program, encouraging community support and funding
Office of Instructional Technology and Library Media – 410-313-7141