Goals and Objectives

Learning and Teaching

The library media program is essential to learning and teaching and must be fully integrated into the curriculum to promote students' achievement of learning goals.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program models and promotes collaborative planning and curriculum development.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program models and promotes creative, effective, and collaborative teaching.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Access to the full range of information resources and services through the library media program are fundamental to learning.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program encourages and engages students in reading, viewing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program supports the learning of all students.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program integrates the uses of technology for learning and teaching.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Information Access and Delivery

The library media program provides intellectual access to information and ideas for learning.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program provides physical access to information and resources for learning.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program provides a climate that is conducive to learning.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program offers flexible and equitable access to information, ideas, and resources for learning.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The collections of the library media program are developed and evaluated collaboratively to support the school's curriculum and to meet the diverse learning needs of students.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The library media program is founded on a commitment to the right of intellectual freedom.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

The information policies, procedures, and practices of the library media program reflect legal guidelines and professional ethics.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Program Administration

The library media program supports the mission, goals, objectives, and continuous improvement of the school.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

In every school, a minimum of one full-time, certified/licensed library media specialist supported by qualified staff is fundamental to the implementation of an effective library media program at the building level.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

An effective library media program requires a level of professional and support staffing that is based upon a school's instructional programs, services, facilities, size, and numbers of students and teachers.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

An effective library media program requires ongoing administrative support.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Comprehensive and collaborative long-range, strategic planning is essential to the effectiveness of the library media program.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Ongoing assessment for improvement is essential to the vitality of an effective library media program.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Sufficient funding is fundamental to the success of the library media program.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Ongoing staff development -- both to maintain professional knowledge and skills and to provide instruction in information literacy for teachers and administrators and other members of the learning community – is an essential component of the library media program.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Clear communication of the mission, goals, functions and impact of the library media program is necessary to the effectiveness of the program.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

Effective management of human, financial, and physical resources undergirds a strong library media program.

Objectives for the Library Media Specialist

About Library Media Specialists

School library media specialists are the professional, certificated staff members charged with the daily operation of the library media program at the school level. They have the primary responsibility for the major library media center functions (i.e., evaluation and selection; ordering and processing; utilization of media; organization of the library media collection; circulation of library media materials; production of original media; and management of instructional equipment). In the execution of these functions, library media specialists must assume several distinct roles, including:

Recommended Role of the Library Media Specialist

I. Functions

The library media specialist provides a library media program that supports the curriculum by providing resources and training so that both students and teachers become independent users of information.

II. Duties

    1. Plan with teachers as cooperative partners to integrate curriculum content with resource use and information literacy skills.
    2. Consult with students and staff regarding their needs and interests in relation to the selection and utilization of materials and equipment.
    3. Provide library media center resources that will meet the informational, research, educational, and recreational needs of users.
    4. Provide for the organization, circulation, and maintenance of resources.
    5. Implement policies for effective use of technology through the organization of facilities and equipment, staff assistance, and as the facilitator of the technology committee.
    6. Use direct, formal instruction and indirect, informal instruction to teach specific skills needed for use of the library media center and technology with students and staff.
    7. Coordinate information retrieval for students and staff through print, audiovisual, and electronic sources.
    8. Promote literacy and the enjoyment of reading, viewing, and listening.
    9. Consult with the principal, assistant principal, and faculty members to formulate and implement a mission, philosophy, goals, and objectives for the library media program.
    10. Participate as an active member of the School Improvement Team.
    11. Participate in the development of a long range technology plan for the school.
    12. Analyze curriculum changes and advances in technology to meet the instructional needs of students.
    13. Serve as technology liaison for the school.
    14. Promote the library media center through public relations.
    15. Maintain an inventory of books, computers, equipment, audiovisual materials, and computer software.
    16. Manage various financial accounts.
    17. Prepare reports for the county and state.

Media Assistant Job Description

JOB TITLE: Media Assistant

DEFINITION:  This is clerical work in a library media center. An employee in this class, with general supervision from a library media specialist, performs duties as assigned. Performance is reviewed periodically.

EXAMPLES OF WORK (Examples are illustrative only):  Types letters, memos, reports, requisitions/purchase orders, direct payments; duplicates/collates; distributes mail, supplies information; assists with collection inventory; orders supplies; files; checks in and circulates newspapers/periodicals; composes letters; researches; operates various office machines and instructional audiovisual equipments; may be required to answer telephone, take messages and answer inquiries within assigned scope of responsibility; assists students and staff with the circulation of library media materials; packs and unpacks cartons; helps with preparation of bulletin boards and learning centers; maintains instructional equipment; assists with instructional lessons/activities; performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:   Working knowledge of the English language sufficient to understand invoices, catalog cards, and similar material; of common office procedures; of various types of office equipment; of methods of filing. Ability to file alpha-numerically, to prepare and maintain records, to compose letters, to type with moderate speed. Ability to communicate orally with fellow workers, administrators, and students; to understand directions and carry them out.

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EDUCATION: High school diploma or G.E.D.

REQUIRED LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES: None.

ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in working with media materials; willingness to learn new tasks and new techniques; to be resourceful and flexible; to like children.

Media Secretary Job Description

JOB TITLE: Media Secretary

DEFINITION:  This is clerical work in a library media center. An employee in this class, with general supervision from a library media specialist, performs duties as assigned. Performance is reviewed periodically.

EXAMPLES OF WORK (Examples are illustrative only):   Types letters, memos, reports, requisitions/purchase orders, direct payments; duplicates/collates; distributes mail, supplies information; assists with collection inventory; orders supplies; files; checks in and circulates newspapers/periodicals; composes letters; researches; operates various office machines and instructional audiovisual equipments; may be required to answer telephone, take messages and answer inquiries within assigned scope of responsibility; assists students and staff with the circulation of library media materials; packs and unpacks cartons; helps with preparation of bulletin boards and learning centers; maintains instructional equipment; assists with instructional lessons/activities; performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:  Working knowledge of the English language sufficient to understand invoices, catalog cards, and similar materials; of business English, correspondence, spelling and punctuation; of common office procedures; of various types of office equipment; of methods of filing. Ability to file alpha-numerically, to prepare and maintain records, to compose letters. Ability to communicate orally with fellow workers, administrators, and students; to understand directions and carry them out. Ability to type from rough draft at 45 wpm.

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EDUCATION:   High school diploma or G.E.D. Must type a minimum of 45 wpm with no more than 3 errors.

REQUIRED LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES:  None.

ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:  Interest in working with media materials; willingness to learn new tasks and new techniques; to be resourceful and flexible; to like children.

 

Contact: Carol Fritts, Coordinator of Career and Technology Education and Library Media
10920 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-313-7179